Sri Lanka Eye Solid Start on Day 1 of Galle Test as Angelo Mathews Elects to Bat First

August 12 00:41 2015

sriNew Delhi, Wednesday, August 12 – The D-day has finally arrived. India and Sri Lanka geared up for 3-match Test series, which starts after a few minutes. Virat Kohli, the young Indian captain, is all set to make tour of Sri Lanka memorable and do something what other skippers failed to do and that is nothing else but to bring the 22-year wait for a Test series victory on Sri Lankan soil to an end. Psychological stress is huge, no doubt, but good performances come under pressure only.

KL Rahul is to open Indian innings with Shikhar Dhawan after Murali Vijay ruled out from first Test at Galle International Stadium, Galle. Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane and skipper himself are capable of playing big innings. But winning is as not easy as it may sound and not a cake walk in spite of the fact that Sri Lanka had a horrendous time when Pakistan toured their country to contest in Test, ODI and T20 International matches. However, excitement of Kohli to lead Indian men could inject new energy in the team that helps in beating tension and play their natural game.

A team could look pretty strong on paper but scenario may change completely when same combination is asked to put best foot forward in the field. Support for home squad will be much bigger than the guest as audience are likely to turn up in amazing numbers to catch the action live. 26-year-old Delhi boy Kohli, is in need of runs himself and this is important when motto is to ask his batsmen perform to the best of their abilities in this crucial tour, which could be a history if tournament is won at the end of the day.

Batting lineup of the visitors might not look completely convincing, however, no wonder if it should have no difficulty in dealing with the kind of bowling done by the Sri Lanka bowlers. Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Varun Aaron, Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are expected to exploit pitch conditions if given opportunity to play.

On the other hand, Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews wants his boys to take latest defeats as a lesson and move on. India are tough contenders. If Upul Tharanga, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Perera, Jehan Mubarak, Dinesh Chandimal, Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath, Tharindu Kaushal, Dhammika Prasad, Nuwan Pradeep, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva and Kumar Sangakkara, the senior player, are able to do their bit then being successful would no more a dream. It was a tad shocking to see Sri Lanka crumble against Pakistan. Fitness and focus play imperative part in the success of a group. This is certainly going to be at the top of their priority list.

Coaches of both teams know outstanding show, individual innings and team efforts are the key to success and story isn’t going to differ this time as well. As per latest reports from Galle, Sri Lanka have won the toss and decided to bat first. The familiarity with pitch is more for Mathews-led side than the tourists. But will they be able to pull off and start strong on Day 1 or not will get clear after a few hours. Weather conditions will be important too. Humidity could be a challenge for Indian team, nonetheless, most of the Indian cities enjoy same climate, so a few may bear the brunt. Hopes are up from both India and Sri Lanka as these are probable to be ahead of each other whether it is about bowling, batting or fielding.