In the first Test Sri Lanka was slogged by India players throughout the days. The bowling was not up to the mark and the batsmen were not strong enough to defend their wickets. The team being through a low form, India pressed itself hard for a hefty victory. The match ended uncontested with a couple of Sri Lankan players being injured and thus rested. One of it was Asela Gunaratne, the top order batsman who fractured his fingers. The next one to left the arena was Suranga Lakmal, the medium fast bowler. Additionally, Sri Lanka has high prospects of playing with debutant Malinda Pushpakumara.
Now, for the second test. Sri Lanka is re-calibrating its team formation bringing new players as replacements. Also, the ailing captain who missed the first test is back to the arena. Dinesh Chandimal has come up fit again to play the second Test match. The team will be balanced as in the former fixture as Gunaratne is absent. Sri Lanka is still with a similar batting order to that of the first test. The team has rather boosted its bowling ensemble. It is with five attackers, adding Lakshan Sandakan, a strong spin option. In the previous match, Sri Lanka bowlers could take only 13 India wickets, while the visitors totaled 840 runs.
Meanwhile, India has also included a new batsman. Lokesh Rahul will play the second Test. In his previous innings in Sri Lanka, Rahul smashed a century, but was removed at single digit scores in five innings. It was back in 2015. Off late, the batsman is through a strong form with six half centuries in his last seven innings. This also include his Bangalore knock of 90 against Australia. Given such facts, the only hope for Sri Lanka’s bowler is the fact that, his recent scores were all on home pitches, and SSC Ground of Colombo might bring them some desired impacts.
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