At Galle, Sri Lanka faced a massive defeat of 300 plus runs in the campaign against India. The team was slackened both on bowling and batting fronts. It was apparent from the high score of team India and the low scores home batsmen lost their wickets. India is now at a high of its performance, but Sri Lanka has maintained an average record in their previous test series. In the first Test, Sri Lanka was also injury struct. Asela Gunaratne fractured his thumb, while, Suranga Lakmal complained an ailing back.
The home team has replaced the injured players with two now inclusions. The new players in the team are batsman Lahiru Thirimanne and left arm wrist-spinner Lakshan Sandakan. Thirimanne is the replacement for Gunaratne. The player is back from a hiatus of 13 months since his last International test. He batted in the middle order between 2013 and 2016, but his below average form got him out of the team. The batsman has been busy in domestic tournaments where he made a strong mark of revival. He emerged as the top run getter in the recently concluded Premier League Tournament. His strike was also upbeat in the warm up match against India before the series.
The inclusion of spinner Sandakan will be a strong boost to Sri Lanka’s bowling attack. With him, the spin squad now consist of four top players. Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera and Malinda Pushpakumara, together with Thirimanne will form up an effective attack against the Indian team. In the first fixture, the team could take only 13 visitor wickets. They could put up a cap in the run rate either. Although Sandakan is not at his top form recently, he was a key bowler in the ODI victory against Zimbabwe at Galle. He averaged 31.93 in five test he played and took 15 wickets.
Team Sri Lanka will also have its skipper back in the upcoming Test. Dinesh Chandimal is reported to have recovered from pneumonia and is fit to join the tournament. Hence, the home team will tussle India in the next fixture with three new inclusions.
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