Finally, we Indians would get some relief from slam bang Cricket. Not that we wanted but still seeing Men In Blue in blue had become a bit monotonous and thus the onset of the first of three matches Test series here in SriLanka would be a bit more interesting. India vs Sri Lanka 1st Test match is scheduled to take place from 26 to 30 July 2017 at the Galle International Stadium. Ahead of this important match, here is our India vs Sri Lanka 1st Test prediction, match preview and probable playing XI.
Sri Lanka vs India1st Test Preview
These are testing times for Lankan Cricket. Zimbabwe humiliated them if not annihilated them. Their struggle to win the lone test match against Zimbabwe was a sore sight to see for a Cricket lover. Although that win would have given them some sort of confidence coming into the series against India. Looking into their team it has been jolted by an injury to their skipper Dinesh Chandimal.
Angelo Mathews, who stepped down after that decable against Zimbabwe, is set to captain the team one more time. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Their batting really looks out of sorts and someone has raise his hand and bail them out. Asela Guraratne has showed some spark off late but how he fares against a more potent bowling attack needs to be seen. Bowling isn’t a less concern for SriLanka. Apart from the stalwart Rangana Hearth, there is no bowler who can even pretend to look threatening and how they go about taking those 20 wickets against India needs to be seen.
Bowling isn’t a less concern for SriLanka. Apart from the stalwart Rangana Hearth, there is no bowler who can even pretend to look threatening and how they go about taking those 20 wickets against India needs to be seen.
As for Indian team, anything less than a win would mean that Kohli’s captaincy would come under enormous pressure. He has been on the wrong side of the coaching saga off late and he needs to come out of it as soon as possible. And if we look at the playing combination, it looks more settled than any Indian team to tour Lanka.
The bowling looks potent and competent to take 20 wickets in the match and the spin twins Ashwin and Jadeja would be itching for the tour to start. For the batting, well I really don’t need to write. The opening pair looks a bit unsettled with Rahul being sidelined due to fever but Abhinav Mukund is no mug with the bat. The middle order looks solid with Pujara, Kohli and Rahane. Expect India to play 6-5 combination.
India vs Sri Lanka 1st Test Prediction
For the pitch, it is going to be low and slow and the team that wins the toss would be eager to bat first. My pick is that India would win this and win it by a good margin.
India vs Sri Lanka 2017 Probable Playing XI
India: Virat Kohli (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Sri Lanka: Rangana Herath (c), Upul Tharanga, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Malinda Pushpakumara, Nuwan Pradeep.