If ever you call a win resounding, it would be India’s win over Srilanka in the first test match. SriLanka was humiliated in the first match and made to look like state level cricketers against a rampaging Indian team. The second Test of the three-match Test series between India and Sri Lanka is set to start be played from Thursday, August 3 at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground in Colombo. Ahead of this match, here is our India vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test match prediction, preview and probable playing 11.
India began the Sri Lanka tour with a big win in the first Test. Neither their bowling seemed potent nor their batting quality. The loss must be really demoralising for the SriLankan team who had met the same fate a few weeks back against Zimbabwe. The loss also signifies the present state of the team, it is in complete shambles and needs a doctor really soon.
SriLanka would be boosted by the return of their captain Dinesh Chandimal. Chandimal would be a much-needed face in the middle order. The team’s batting was found wanting in the previous match and Chandimal can well play the role of carrying the innings through being an experienced campaigner. Eyes would also be set on Asle Guraratne. Asle has signs of brilliance in him and his team badly needs him to showcase that brilliance.
Angelo Mathews looked good in the previous match and his team would be waiting for an encore from him. The recall of Lahiru Thrimmane is also a welcome addition to the team. For the balling, it can well be said that it lacks depth and wicket taking abilities. Pradeep and Kumar bowled well but that was in patches. Also, how Hearth bowls are going to be a key aspect.
For Indians, these are aache din. Their batting looks formidable and with the return of K.L Rahul, it looks even more ominous. Kohli, however, would look to get some big runs. Pujara and Dhawan would love to carry on from where they left off.
Also, Hardik Pandya would be eager to don the white jersey once again. He is shaping up to be one heck of an all-rounder. Team India would require his services in near future. As for the bowlers, Indian bowling is looking ominous. Shami and Yadav are reversing the ball and then you have the spin twins to create havoc. Hardik can also land in with few useful spells.
India vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test Match Prediction
As for as the match is concerned, it should again be India all the way.
India Vs Sri Lanka Probable Playing 11 for 2nd Test
India Playing XI: Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, KL Rahul, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Hardik Pandya
Sri Lanka Playing XI: Rangana Herath (c), Upul Tharanga, Dilruwan Perera, Angelo Mathews, Nuwan Pradeep, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dimuth Karunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Mendis, Asela Gunaratne, Lahiru Kumara