Led by Virat Kohli Indian batsmen ready for challenge
Denied by ‘Weather Gods’ in opening test a supremely confident India are set to make some strategic changes to ensure that their dominance of Sri Lanka continues unchallenged. Rains of first two days and bad light on last hours of final day saved the test for Lanka. Once again the home team, clearly favourites of this match while Sri Lanka would like to create a history.
Vidarbha Cricket Ground , Nagpur
It’s a sunny day with hazy sun
A green wicket is expected for this game.Pacers are likely to get more support and spinners must work hard to take wickets on this kind of wicket.
Team News : India
India will be the more confident side as they came very close to victory in the first test match. Opening batsman Dhawan and Pacer Bhuveshwar Kumar have withdrawn themselved from 2nd test due to personal reasons. Dhawan will not play only second test while Bhuvneshwar is not available for the rest of the series due to his wedding. Vijay Shankar, all rounder, has been added to the squad as replacement for Bhuvi and Murali Vijay plays in place of Dhawan. Rahul and Vijay will open the innings. India’s one down batsman, Pujara is a mandatory pick and along with him captain Virat Kohli. Rahane may not play this match but chances are very less.If Rahane is out then Rohit Sharma will get a chance. Ashwin completely failed with both bat and ball in first test but we all know how good he is. Vijay Shankar is a quality batsman and he is capable of taking wickets so he may get a chance in tomorrow’s game. Umesh and Shami are mandatory picks for pace option in the absence of Bhuvi. Ishant’s playing in game will depend upon Virat Kohli.
Team News : Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka badly wanted to win test series in India and it is their dream. They had few good sessions with both bat and ball in first test before India bounced back. No changes are expected from Lanka’s side. Thirimanne and Mathews scored fifties and it is very important to continue their form in the whole series. Chandimal is a very good player and on his day he can make a ton. Dickwella is a consistent player in Lanka’s team. Lakmal had a dream match after quite long time in his career. He is very dangerous in second test also as pitch will help pacers. Lakmal will be a key player for Sri Lanka from bowling side. Gamage playing chances are very high unless Sri Lanka decides to go with extra spinner. If they want extra spinner then Sandakan may come in place of Gamage.
India Probable XI
Rahul, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli (c), Rahane/ Rohit, Saha (wk), Ashwin, Jadeja, Ishant / Vijay Shankar, Shami, Umesh,
Sri Lanka Probable XI
Karunaratne, Samarawickrama, Thirimanne, Mathews, Chandimal (c), Dickwella (wk), Shanaka , Perera, Herath, Lakmal, Gamage/ Sandakan
Prediction : It’s not an easy task for Sri Lanka to defeat India at home. India are hot favourites of this match