Hello and welcome to the live coverage of India versus Sri Lanka 1st test match at Galle, Sri Lanka. Comparatively young teams, from both the sides, will step into Galle International Stadium to prove that they are worthy of being among the big boys.
The only thing that might hurt the chances of these players is the weather at Galle, which is according to the weather reports does not look promising. According to weather.com there are 80% chances of rain with thunder! Well, Indian subcontinent is a poor choice when it comes to playing cricket in monsoon.
With Murali Vijay ruled out of the first Test owing to a troublesome right hamstring since the Zimbabwe tour, Kohli will have his task cut out to bring in the young Lokesh Rahul into the playing eleven. On the other hand, the Sri Lankan Test captain, Angelo Mathews is confident that they can make Kumar Sangakkara’s farewell memorable by winning the series.
The teams are –
Sri Lanka – AD Mathews (c), HDRL Thirimanne, PVD Chameera, LD Chandimal (wk), N Pradeep, MVT Fernando, HMRKB Herath, FDM Karunaratne, PHT Kaushal, J Mubarak, MDK Perera, MDKJ Perera, KTGD Prasad, KC Sangakkara, JK Silva†, WU Tharanga
India – V Kohli (c), VR Aaron, R Ashwin, S Dhawan, Harbhajan Singh, B Kumar, A Mishra, CA Pujara, AM Rahane, KL Rahul, WP Saha (wk), I Sharma, RG Sharma, M Vijay, UT Yadav
Virat Kohli is banking on his spinner after observing how Yasir Shah had bowled on Lankan pitch. And his spinners are not letting him down. R Ashwin took charge from Ishant Sharma and his first wicket of the day is of mighty Kumar Sangakkara! Showing amazing reflexes at silly point KL Rahul caught the ball.
After 10 overs, Sri Lanka has lost their openers to India’s fast bowlers. Kumar Sangakkara (5) and Lahiru Thirimanne (3) on the pitch. Looks like every other match between India and Sri Lanka where Sangakkara and Mathews will save the day for the Lankan side. Deja vu, anyone?
The opening pair is sent packing rather quickly! This time Shikhar Dhawan take the catch as Kaushal Silva falls prey to Varun Aaron’s short ball.
Thirimane came at third place to replace Karunaratne instead of Sangakkara. And now the crowds welcome Kumar Sangakkara with firecrackers.
Ajinkya Rahane takes Karunaratne’s catch in a short ball by Ishant Sharma. Uncomfortable Karunaratne takes the bouncer on shoulder of the bat and the ball lands in the hands of Rahane at gully.
After five overs, we can see that Kaushal Silva is turning every mistake made by Indian bowlers in his favour. The dropped catch by Shikhar Dhawan in the third over might prove expensive for India. Karunaratne on the other hand is slowly keeping the scoreboard moving.
The score is Sri Lanka at 14 runs for no loss. Karunaratne (8) Silva (5) hold the fort against Varun Aaron and Ishant Sharma.
Here we go…
Just like we said, the weather will not make it easy to play for either teams. There is a slight delay due to some problem with the sightscreen.
Ishant Sharma to start the game for day one of India vs Sri Lanka Test match in Galle International Stadium. Three slips and a gully are in place for Ishant. For Sri Lanka, D Karunaratne will take the strike with Kaushal Silva on the other end.
Sri Lanka win the toss and skipper Angelo Mathews chose to bat. A rather good decision given the dry pitch of Galle stadium. According to Jonty Rhodes, best time is to bat on day one. Mathews is looking to take advantage of the dry pitch and put pressure on India. On the other hand Indian captain Virat Kohli is banking on his spinners.
Sri Lankan openers will start against the five-bowler attack from India.