Dhananjaya, Pradeep return to Sri Lanka's Test squad

Posted July 27, 2017

He was particularly harsh on Sri Lanka's spin attack, helping India maintain a run rate of 5.9 an over in the afternoon session.

The left-hander scored a career-best 190 off 168 balls on day one of the first Test against Sri Lanka to guide India to 399/3 at stumps. Cook more than justified his inclusion by following up his first-innings 60 with a century in the second, becoming the youngest Englishman to score a Test hundred. Dhawan also shared a 253-run second-wicket stand with Pujara. The left-hander may have ended 10 short of his maiden double ton in Tests, but his innings was summed by a placard held by fans at the stadium which read - "Dhawan and only!" Kohli has matured into an astute captain, Sri Lanka on the other hand, have slipped drastically in the Test arena.

Kohli said Tuesday that he wants a definitive end to the drama over the departure of Anil Kumble as coach and a winning start to the new era with Ravi Shastri. It's not in my control, I have done everything I can to get back. India has played. India have played 23 test matches after that match, won 17 out of them and have lost just one (against Australia, earlier this year) out of them. If indeed the southpaws strike a tandem, Cheteshwar Pujara, Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane will step in the subsequent slots and that begs the question - will the Indian skipper field Rohit Sharma and abandon his five-batsmen theory? The first instance was also against Sri Lanka in Kanpur in 2009. But India and Zimbabwe are different teams, and we are playing worldwide cricket so that confidence should help the boys.

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The bowling will rest probably on Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, R. Ashwin (playing his 50th Test) and Ravindra Jadeja.

Spinner Rangana Herath will be leading the Sri Lankan team in Galle test. However the presence of Pandya, who bowls fast medium and is a capable batsman, provides Kohli with the balance that he so aspires.

India skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat against Sri Lanka in the first of the three-match Test series here on Wednesday.Playing the first game under new coach Ravi Shastri, India chose to go with five bowlers.

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India will be missing KL Rahul, who is down with viral fever.

While India have had their fitness concerns, Sri Lanka too will be without their newly-appointed Test skipper Dinesh Chandimal after he was ruled out of the first Test due to pneumonia.

SRI LANKA: Rangana Herath (capt), Upul Tharanga, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Mathews, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Danushka Gunathilaka, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Malinda Pushpukumara, Nuwan Pradeep.

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