India is having a marvellous year with back-to–back series wins and each and every player showing excellent form. One or the other player always comes through for the team and stupendous performances from Indian bowlers have the men in blue as the top team in ICC rankings for tests as well as ODIs. They are all set to become the world T20 champions as well.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, isn’t looking so good. They just had a devastating tour in UAE against Pakistan even after registering a test series win against them. The team did defeat Pakistan in both the test matches but lost all ODIs and T20Is after that. They are looking forward for a change of fortunes with their tour of India and win back the respect. The aim of the team is going to be to sweep the series, a repeat of what India did to them on their home ground.
Here are the squad predictions of the first test that is going to be held on 16th November, 2017 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata:
|Match||India vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test Match|
|Date||Nov 16, Thu – Nov 20, Mon at 9:30 AM/ 04:00 AM GMT / 09:30 AM Local Time|
|Venue||Eden Gardens, Kolkata|
|Weather Forecast||Few Clouds ,Rain|
Indian Cricket Team:
Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravinchandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Lokesh Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma
Sri Lankan Cricket Team:
Although the squad has not been announced yet, it is predicted that Sri Lanka would take the same squad that went to the UAE tour.
Dimuth Karunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal(c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Roshen Silva, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Lakshan Sandakan, Dilruwan Perera,Vishwa Fernando and Lahiru Gamage
Players to Watch and Match Prediction:
Jadeja and Ashwin would be playing in this test match and if the pitch turns predicatably, they are going to have a field day with Sri Lankan batsmen. Rohit Sharma smashed 264 against Sri Lanka on this very ground in November, 2014 and if he plays, this is going to be a fun match to watch. Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane are the best test players India has.
Sri Lankans have had trouble keeping a partnership running, which is really important when it comes to tests. Dinesh Chandimal and Niroshan Dickwella led Sri Lanka to victory by playing wonderfully in the test against Pakistan; they will be gearing up to do the same in India. Karunaratne is expected to continue with his Pakistan form and Rangana Herath, Sri Lanka’s star spinner is expected to be a thorn for the Indian side.
The Sri Lankan side may be low on confidence, but the Pakistan win would have boosted their confidence, and let’s not forget, when in form they are a formidable team to face on the ground. Therefore, if Sri Lanka puts up a fight, the men in blue may not have it as easy as they did last time around.
Here’s looking forward to a thrilling match between the neighbours.
Predicted Winner: India (IND)