standings but they would like to go ahead with a win in Bengaluru.
This will be India’s third day-night pink-ball Test at home, following matches against Bangladesh (November 2019) in Kolkata and England in Ahmedabad (February 2021). India won both these Tests within three days.
Though India won the previous match easily, the pink ball Test presents a whole other set of challenges and will keep the hosts on their toes as well. The Rohit-Sharma-led side cannot tolerate home slip-ups at this juncture of the Test Championship cycle and that should motivate them to maintain their intensity.
The likes of Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer – who started in the previous game but failed to convert them into big innings – will look to make a big impact with their bat. On the other hand, the lower-order trio of Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin, who had performed brilliantly with the bat, would like to continue their rich vein of form.
India played three spinners and two pacers in the first Test in Mohali. But it will be interesting to see if the team’s strategy for the pink ball game can change depending on the different circumstances.
Speaking at the pre-match press conference, India’s vice-captain Jasprit Bumrah mentioned that the team management will decide on the playing XI after today’s practice session.
“We had a look at the surface yesterday but it is too early to say much as today is the day when we go for the practice session. After that we will have a clear idea whether we want to go into the match with three fast bowlers or three spinners,” Bumrah said.
In the first pink-ball Test in Kolkata, the Indian spinners came up empty handed, while in the next one (Ahmedabad), the trio of Axar, Ashwin and Washington Sundar fell 19 for 20.
India has made one change in the team in which Axar Patel has been included in place of Kuldeep Yadav. Patel, who last played against New Zealand in November, has recovered from his calf injury as well as Covid-19 and may make the place in the playing XI in place of Jayant Yadav.
On the other hand, the struggling Sri Lanka team got a big setback while going into the match. Pathum Nisanka, the top scorer for the visitors with an unbeaten 61 in the first innings, has been ruled out of the second Test due to a back injury.
Meanwhile, Dushmantha Chameera, who was ruled out of the first Test in Mohali, is also unavailable for selection as he is recovering from an ankle injury. According to Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne, Chameera’s workload was being managed till the T20 World Cup, which is scheduled to take place in October this year, and the pacer will be able to play only limited overs games in the interim period after his recovery. will be available.
Given Ambuldeniya’s relative success in the first match, Sri Lanka are set to bowl another left-arm spinner in Praveen Jayawickrama, who has two fifers and 18 wickets in three Tests so far. The Test will be Suranga Lakmal’s final match for Sri Lanka and the islanders will be looking forward to bid farewell to the veteran bowler to remember him.
India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Priyank Panchal, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Shubhman Gill, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), KS Bharat, Ravindra Jadeja, Jayant Yadav, R. Ashwin, Saurabh Kumar, Mohd. Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Mohd. Shami, Jasprit Bumrah (vice-captain), Axar Patel
Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (Captain), Lahiru Thirimanne, Dhananjay de Silva (Vice-Captain), Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Charit Aslanka, Niroshan Dickwella (WK), Chamika Karunaratne, Lahiru Kumara, Suranga Lakmal, Vishwa Fernando, Jeffrey, Praveen Jayavikrema and Lasith Embuldeniya.