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Sunday 13 March 2022

India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test Live Cricket From M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru

India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test Live Cricket From M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru

India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test Live Cricket From M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru


Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Dimuth Karunaratne(c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Niroshan Dickwella(w), Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Embuldeniya, Vishwa Fernando, Praveen Jayawickrama

India (Playing XI): Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma(c), Hanuma Vihari, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant(w), Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah

India have won the toss and have opted to bat




Dimuth Karunaratne: The wicket is pretty dry and in the later part it is going to turn, so we wanted to bat first as well. We spoke about the things we did wrong in the last Test and we just want to make sure it won't happen again. Every session we have to compete with them and let's see how it goes. We have had good pink-ball Test matches in the past and that will help the players. Pathum Nissanka and Lahiru Kumara are not available. Kusal Mendis and Praveen Jayawickrama are playing.

Rohit Sharma: We are going to bat first. It looks like a very dry pitch and runs are the board is going to be critical. Axar Patel is fit and he is back, he comes in place of Jayant. It has a lot to do with the conditions, it is a dry pitch and Axar we saw what he did in the last series he played, so obviously we wanted to get him back. Unfortunate for Jayant to miss out after playing just one Test match but again we want to give guys who have done well a slightly longer rope and give them enough opportunities to prove themselves. When it comes to mindset we want to be ruthless. There is a lot at stake but we want to take one session at a time and not look too far ahead. It is going to be a challenging Test match and we got to be at it and get what we want from this game.

Pitch and Conditions: "There is something in it for everyone. But there will be more for the spinners because the pitch looks dry. It looks a good one to start with and you bat first if you win the toss. But with the sun beating down, these (cracks) are going to open up and also here in Bengaluru there will be bit more pace and bounce, so more bite for the spinners. For the batters make use of it when it is good. It is going to be a big challenge for the batters to play spin," reckon Deep Dasgupta and Russel Arnold.

Sri Lanka, apart from the first couple of sessions in the Test, were no match for this strong Indian side. The bowlers started well but losing Lahiru Kumara to hamstring injury set them back and they couldn't recover. There were a couple of positives with the bat; Nissanka showing he belongs at this stage and Dickwella's resistance in the second innings. But he visitors will be without Nissanka for this game as the number three batter is nursing a back injury. They also need to decide who is going to replace Kumara. Will it be a spinner? Or since it is the pink-ball they will persist with three seamers? We should have the answers at toss time which is not far away.. Stay tuned

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