Published: Wed, July 26, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Gunaratne doubtful of participating in rest of the Galle Test

Gunaratne doubtful of participating in rest of the Galle Test

All-rounder Hardik Pandya is making his debut under the new coach Ravi Shastri. India skipper Virat Kohli was batting on 1 at the other end. Rohit Sharma is expected to make a comeback after playing his last Test against New Zealand previous year. Ahead of this important match, here is our India vs Sri Lanka 1st Test prediction, match preview and probable playing XI.

- SPYder - Mahesh (@urstrulyGouse) July 26, 2017Welcome back #ShikharDhawan to Test Cricket. This was after India won the toss and opted to bat. Fifteen matches have ended in a draw.

The part time right arm off-break bowler is equally deadly with the ball as with his willow and has an impressive stat of 62 wickets in 42 first class matches.

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Sri Lanka's problems have been compounded because Asela Gunaratne has been ruled out of the Test after fracturing his thumb while attempting to go for a catch at the second slip. Dhawan the philosopher had answers to each Sri Lankan question, not that too many were asked. Barring Pradeep, the rest of the attack including Herath never really troubled the Indian batsmen who made a killing on the opening day. Dhawan opened the innings with Abhinav Mukund. So this is an interesting and challenging tour for us. "For us we are playing a game of cricket".

For Sri Lanka, the absence regular captain Chandimal will be felt most heavily in the batting department. None of them have enough captaincy experience. We know he wasn't in the initial squad and then he came back into the side and showed the selectors what he is capable of.

An inexperienced side, new captains and recent poor performance at home present an opportunity for Kohli & Co. Sri Lanka, however, is always formidable in its own backyard even though it is somewhat of a pale shadow of the team that surged forward when populated by the likes of Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Muttiah Muralitharan. India possesses one of the best bowling attacks in the world, and it could easily make things hard for the Lankans early on if they bat, who don't possess too much experience or confidence given recent results. India could struggle to establish solid starts especially with an unsettled opening pair.

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India have the bowling firepower, with two of the best spinners in the world in R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. He may not play further in the Galle Test as he has been brought to Colombo for further assessment.

It is in the fitness of things that the Galle Fort overhangs the ground that is somewhat of a Sri Lankan bastion. There is both class and variety in this five-man pack, and the conditions as much as anything else might preclude the inclusion of Kuldeep Yadav, the chinaman bowler whose ilk has repeatedly troubled the Sri Lankans in the past.

"KL Rahul is down with flu". Abhinav Mukund's bad run continues with the Tamil Nadu batsman failing to deliver again.

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Sri Lanka and Indian sub-continent: TV: Sony Ten. It is expected to be cloudy throughout the series. But we should also be wary of rushing to conclusions based on such a small sample size.

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