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Most likely Sri Lanka XI for 2nd Test vs India

Sri Lanka Cricket only Announced the official squad for the 1st Test, not for the 2nd and 3rd test so they will bring in a replacement for the injured Asela Gunaratne and back up for the failed Dimuth Karunaratne.Also, bring in another wicket taking bowler instead of Dilruwan Perera who was useless as a bowler in the 1st test against India.

Most Likely Sri Lanka XI for the 2nd Test against India-
1.  Upul Tharanga (Left-hand Batsman)
2.  Dimuth Karunaratne (Left-hand Batsman)
3.  Kusal Mendis (Right-hand Batsman)
4.  Dinesh Chandimal (Right-hand Batsman)(Captain)
5.  Angelo Mathews (Right-hand Batsman)
6.  Charith Asalanka (All-Rounder)(Left-hand Batsman)(Right-arm off-break)
7.  Niroshan Dickwella (Left-hand Batsman)(Wicket-keeper)
8.  Rangana Herath (Slow left-arm orthodox)
9.  Lakshan Sandakan (Slow left-arm chinaman)
10. Nuwan Pradeep (Right-Arm Fast-Medium)
11. Vishwa Fernando (Left-Arm Medium)

But If  Dinesh Chandimal is still injured and if Rangana Herath has fractured his middle finger on his bowling hand from day 3 of the first test against India.
Alternative XI-
1.  Upul Tharanga (Left-hand Batsman)(Captain)
2.  Dimuth Karunaratne (Left-hand Batsman)
3.  Kusal Mendis (Right-hand Batsman)
4.  Dhananjaya de Silva(All-Rounder)(Right-hand Batsman)(Right-arm off-break)/Roshen Sliva(Right-hand Batsman)
5.  Angelo Mathews (Right-hand Batsman)
6.  Charith Asalanka (All-Rounder)(Left-hand Batsman)(Right-arm off-break)
7.  Niroshan Dickwella (Left-hand Batsman)(Wicket-keeper)
8.  Malinda Pushpakumara(Slow left-arm orthodox)
9.  Lakshan Sandakan (Slow left-arm chinaman)
10. Nuwan Pradeep (Right-Arm Fast-Medium)
11. Vishwa Fernando (Left-Arm Medium)

  • Sri Lanka will probably will not replace  Dimuth Karunaratne after his second innings performance in the 1st Test against India.
  • They probably will replace Danushka Gunathilaka since he can only bat at the top of the order and shuffling the batting order was one of the reasons for the batting collapse.Therefore for the 2nd test, they probably will go back to their previous batting order.

I feel Sadeera Samarawickrama is more of a long term option in the Test side like Kusal Mendis we need to back the youngster and we can beat the Indians like the Australians last year.
Also you also have to understand that Danushka Gunathilaka is already performing well in the Limited Over Cricket and giving him a chance in Test series is a good thing but if he fails in the Test side it could affect him in the ODIs and T20s as Test cricket is a completely different thing.This is what happened with Lahiru Thirimanne and we don`t want to do that to Danushka Gunathilaka.

 

Asanka Gurusinha in a interview with espncricinfo

 

Andrew Fidel Fernando Asked-Who is going to form the core of the Sri Lanka batting order?

Asanka Gurusinha Responded with- It might be too early, but I believe Kusal Mendis is one batsman who a lot of people are going to be talking about in the next ten years. He's one of the most hard-working guys I've seen at training. He's very committed and always wants to learn. At a very young age, he's got a very good record. The other guy is Niroshan Dickwella. He's very similar. Most probably he's more aggressive than Kusal, which is a great thing to have as a leader one day. There are other batsmen coming up – Sadeera Samarawickrama, Wanindu Hasaranga and Charith Asalanka. There's a lot of U-19 guys in the last couple of years who are really doing well. I think if we manage them well and give them the opportunities, in the next two years or so we will have a very good side.

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