1st Test Sri Lanka vs India – Preview

Offical Sri Lanka Test squad for the 1st Test– Rangana Herath (Captain), Upul Tharanga, Dimuth Karunarathne, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya De Silva, Angelo Mathews, Asela Gunarathne, Niroshan Dickwella, Dilruwan Perera, Malinda Pushpakumara, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando.

My XI-
1.  Upul Tharanga(Left-hand Batsman)
2.  Danushka Gunathilaka(All-Rounder) (Left-hand Batsman)(Right-arm off-break)/Dimuth Karunarathne (Left-hand Batsman)
3.  Kusal Mendis(Right-hand Batsman)
4.  Dhananjaya de Silva(All-Rounder)(Right-hand Batsman)(Right-arm off-break)
5.  Angelo Mathews(All-Rounder)(Right-hand Batsman)(Right-Arm Fast-Medium)
6.  Niroshan Dickwella(Left-hand Batsman)(W)
7.  Asela Gunaratne(All-Rounder)(Right-hand Batsman)(Right-arm off-break)
8.  Malinda Pushpakumara (Slow left-arm orthodox)
9.  Rangana Herath (c)(Slow left-arm orthodox)
10.Vishwa Fernando(Left-Arm Medium)/Dilruwan Perera(Right-arm off-break)
11. Lahiru Kumara(Right-Arm Fast)

7 Specialist Batsman, 3 Part-Time Off-Spinner, 2 World Class Slow left-arm orthodox, 1 Left-Arm Medium, 1 Right-Arm Fast
7 Specialist Batsman, 2 Part-Time Off-Spinner, 2 World Class Slow left-arm orthodox, 1 Specialist Off-Spinner, 1 Right-Arm Fast

Support Staff-
Interim Coaching Staff for the India tour 

Manager: Sri Lankan Asanka Gurusinha
Chief operating officer : Sri Lankan Jerome Jayaratne
High performance manager: England Simon Willis
Head Coach: South Africa Nic Pothas
Batting Coach: Sri Lankan Hashan Tillakaratne
Fielding Coach: South Africa Nic Pothas
Fast Bowling Coach: Sri Lanka Chaminda Vass
Spin Bowling Coach: Sri Lanka Piyal Wijetunge
Strength & Conditioning Coach: England Nick Lee

Three frontline spinners are again expected on a pitch that should turn plenty. There is the chance that Sri Lanka might drop the opener Dimuth Karunaratne, but the lack of experience elsewhere in the side could save him.


Pitch and conditions
There was a light covering of grass on the pitch on the eve of the match, but rarely does a Galle surface fail to turn at the back end of a Test. For now, the teams expect the track to be good for batting on the first two days. Afternoon showers are always a threat in the region at this time of year.


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