India vs Sri Lanka 1st Test Prediction, Match Preview & Playing 11

Thursday, 27 Jul, 2017

Rangana Herath is standing in as skipper for the first Test. His 12 fours were classy and played elegantly and ensured India won the match.

Many are anxious, that Herath being the only match-winning bowler Sri Lanka have, the additional burden of captaincy may affect his performance.

Dhawan, who sat out India's last 11 Tests, negotiated the bowlers with confidence, hitting eight fours in his breezy 78-ball innings.

Sri Lanka's newly appointed captain Dinesh Chandimal is not playing the match due to his health issues. Sri Lanka introduced spin in the seventh over but it was not stand-in skipper Rangana Herath who came on to bowl.

Herath has an incredible record at home - in 44 Tests he has 258 wickets at an average of 22.80.

But seems like Rahul's misfortune continues as he is now down with fever with just two days to go for the Test series to start in the Island Nation. Another 16 wicket haul in the series against India will see him reach the 400 wickets landmark.

We have got a guy like Hardik Pandya, who is a wicket-taking bowler. All that was left was for the cast of players on both teams to take the stage and do their bit.

"We give equal respect to any opposition because you can be a strong or a weak side but this game is the same", Kohli said. It will be upto captain Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara to take the visitors forward.

Kohli also mentioned that Hardik Pandya has a good chance of making his Test debut. So much so that we missed Che Pujara passing 50 as well.

"We are pretty humble in our preparations and do the hard yards every game that we play". Their batting really looks out of sorts and someone has raise his hand and bail them out.

India opener Lokesh Rahul has admitted that he is "nervous" about his Test comeback as he doesn't want to aggravate the shoulder injury he suffered earlier this year.

Galle has been a happy hunting ground for Shikhar Dhawan.

Herath and Perera came good for Sri Lanka with the ball last time and the team will be hoping that their batting lineup can continue the good form that they displayed against Zimbabwe. If India are expecting mystique and trickery, they will be caught off guard; if they make the mistake of conflating this lack of aura to ordinariness, they will be in for a surprise, if not a rude shock.

"We are just looking forward to the cricket now and in this series to showcase our skills and have consistent performances, which we have had as a side ever since we started our climb back in the rankings". Though, his image of the most destructive batsmen in limited overs cricket has been established, Yuvraj has not been able to replicate same in the Test format.