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Cricket New: Sri Lanka resume search for first Test win in India
India v Sri Lanka once more? Did not they play a final week? Or was it the final month? May need been the final season. Who might care?
November 16-20, 2017
Begin time 09:30 native (0400 GMT)
Such is the apathy in direction of the competition that it’s nearly forgotten that Sri Lanka have been final invited to play Take a look at cricket in India, throughout “prime time”, was a full eight years in the past. For functions of rhythm little question, they performed the matches on very same dates – November 16, November 24 and December 2, 2009 – whereas the nation was busy celebrating Sachin Tendulkar’s 20 years in worldwide cricket. Solely immigration officers knew Sri Lanka had been within the nation for per week when the pre-match press conferences started.
If India have been caught previously in 2009, it could seem they have already got their minds sooner or later – in South Africa. Hardik Pandya, whose solely Checks have come towards Sri Lanka, has been rested as a result of he’s believed to be the one to make the distinction abroad. If India seal this Sri Lanka collection within the first two Checks, it’s attainable even captain Virat Kohli would possibly give the remainder of the tour a miss. Why, even the inexperienced pitch for the primary Take a look at Eden Gardens would possibly recommend South Africa has are available earnest.
The final time Sri Lanka got here to India, they caught the hosts abruptly and had them 32 for four on the primary day of the collection, the final little bit of ascendancy they loved. They are going to now hope not solely to catch India on the hop however for an extended time frame.
The final time Sri Lanka got here to India, the hosts would turn out to be the No. 1 facet on this planet. Now, they’re already on high of the rankings, a extra ruthless, bowler-oriented model of MS Dhoni’s staff. And Sri Lanka? Effectively, they have been the No. 2 facet in 2009 however within the lead as much as 2017, they misplaced Sangakkara, Jayawardene, Dilshan, Samaraweera, Muralitharan and their prominence in worldwide cricket. Not solely have Sri Lanka misplaced legends as gamers however, till as lately as final month, additionally as attainable advisors to take them into the subsequent period.
A extra urgent concern is the batting, which wants quite a lot of work to face as much as India’s bowling would possibly, which can be additional accentuated on residence surfaces. Though they gained the collection in Pakistan 2-Zero, Sri Lanka are holding their ambitions life like: they are going to be blissful if they will win a Take a look at, their first, in India.
(final 5 accomplished matches, most up-to-date first)
Sri Lanka: WWLLL
Within the highlight
It’s protected to imagine it has been uneasy for R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja to return to phrases with life exterior India’s nationwide sides. Since they final performed Sri Lanka in August, they have been “rested” then “rotated” – who wants faux information when there are India alternatives? – however, the reality stays two of India’s massive match winners in Checks are usually not wished in limited-overs cricket. They are going to be itching to return again to Checks with a vengeance.
Angelo Mathews has spent two years with no Take a look at century. Sri Lanka have overwhelmed Pakistan twice without Mathews. As soon as the captain, as soon as the person to steer Sri Lanka into the subsequent period, as soon as the chosen one, Mathews is now simply one other one. What higher time to return to being the particular one?
The Eden Gardens pitch is inexperienced and anticipated to assist the quicks. The final time India performed a Take a look at right here – on an identical pitch final yr – they went in with an additional batsman. With the seam-bowling allrounder lacking, India would possibly probably go that manner once more. In the event that they accomplish that, they could come nose to nose with an alternative they may anyway should make in South Africa: who out of Ashwin and Jadeja makes manner for a 3rd specialist quick bowler? That quick bowler if chosen is most actually going to be Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who took a five-for in his final Kolkata Take a look at.
The opposite option to be made for India is one that may carry them dilemma in South Africa too. Whereas it could be harsh to drop both Shikhar Dhawan or KL Rahul after the yr they’ve had, M Vijay could be a beneficial asset in abroad.
India (possible): 1 KL Rahul, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, three Cheteshwar Pujara, four Virat Kohli (capt.), 5 Ajinkya Rahane, 6 Rohit Sharma, 7 Wriddhiman Saha (wk), eight R Ashwin/ Ravindra Jadeja, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Umesh Yadav.
Though Sri Lanka gained each their Checks within the UAE, adjustments are anticipated. Kusal Mendis is out, Mathews is in, probably to bat at No. four; Kaushal Silva is out, Dhanandaya de Silva is again. The difficult permutations should be carried within the bowling division with Mathews nonetheless not anticipated to bowl. And Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by enjoying 5 bowlers in each Checks. An overcast Kolkata in November is slightly completely different to the UAE, although, and an inexperienced pitch may additionally necessitate enjoying an additional batsman.
Sri Lanka (possible): 1 Dimuth Karunaratne, 2 Sadeera Samarawickrama, three Dhananjaya de Silva, four Dinesh Chandiwal (capt.), 5 Angelo Mathews, 6 Niroshan Dickwella (wk), 7 Lahiru Thirimanne/ Dasun Shanaka ,eight Dilruwan Perera, 9 Suranga Lakmal, Rangana Herath, 11 Lahiru Gamage/ Vishwa Fernando
Pitch and circumstances
The Eden Gardens pitch is inexperienced and anticipated to be two-paced; it appears this Take a look at can be performed in comparable circumstances because the final Kolkata Take a look at when 26 of the 40 wickets fell to tempo. Any probabilities of the pitch drying out may need been laid to relaxation by persistent rain on the day earlier than the Take a look at. There may be extra anticipated on the primary three days of the match.
Stats and trivia
- Sri Lanka have by no means gained a Take a look at in 17 makes an attempt in India, however, this isn’t the longest look ahead to a Take a look at staff to register a maiden win in a specific nation: New Zealand went 28 Checks earlier than they lastly gained one in England.
- Certainly one of Rohit Sharma’s two Take a look at centuries has are available two Checks in Kolkata. Even when he did not rating a century, he scored a vital second-innings 82 to assist India beat New Zealand in circumstances that have been nearly home-like for the guests. In all worldwide cricket at Eden Gardens, Rohit averages greater than 90 per dismissal.
- Angelo Mathews and Rangana Herath are the one ones within the Sri Lanka squad to have performed Take a look at cricket in India.
- R Ashwin is eight wanting 300 wickets. He has performed 52 Checks; Dennis Lillee is the quickest to the mark, in 56 Checks.