India defeated Sri Lanka by an innings and 239 runs in the second Test at the NCA stadium in Nagpur courtesy an all-round performance by the Indian team. Indian skipper Virat Kohli scored his 5th double century in the first innings. Sri Lanka was bowled out for a mere 166 in the second innings, and the Test match was over just after the lunch break on day four.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, had a miserable outing with both bat and ball in the Nagpur Test. Sri Lanka was bowled out for a mere 205 runs in the first innings, and in the second innings, they were bowled out for just 166 runs. Dinesh Chandimal was the only bright spot in the Sri Lankan batting line up as he scored half-centuries in both the innings. Karunaratne was the only batsmen to go past the 50 run mark.
In the bowling department, Sri Lankan bowlers conceded 610 runs and were able to dismiss just six Indian batsmen. Dilruwan Perera was the only bowler to pick up three wickets, while Gamage, Herath and Shanaka picked up a wicket apiece. First Test’s hero Suranga Lakmal went wicketless in the match.
Sri Lanka must get their combination’s right for the third Test if they want to win the match and draw the series to salvage some pride.
Let’s have a look at Sri Lanka’s predicted XI-
Despite failing in the first two Tests, the Sri Lankan management has shown faith in the right-handed batsman.
Dimuth Karunaratne scored a half-century in the first innings of the second Test in Nagpur and got a start in the second but couldn’t consolidate on it and was dismissed for 18.
28-year-old right handed batsman Roshen Silva might get a chance to make his debut in the third and final after Lahiru Thirimanne’s streak of the low score at the top of the order.
Despite scoring ten runs in both the innings of the second Test Angelo Matthews will play in the third Test as he brings experience to the side and stability in the middle order.
Dinesh Chandimal (C)
Dinesh Chandimal scored half-centuries in both the innings of the second Test as he played patiently to rescue his team, but his efforts went in vain.
The wicket-keeper batsman has impressed in the Kolkata Test but his performance in the second Test has raised some eyebrows and will have to perform in the final Test.
The all-rounder brings some stability to the side with his long spells of bowling and is handy with the bat lower down the order.
Dilruwan Perera was the only Sri Lankan bowler who impressed in the second Test picking up three wickets.
Leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay will replace Rangana Herath who has been ruled out due to a back injury. Jeffrey is uncapped in Tests and will most likely make his Test in Delhi.
Suranga Lakmal is Sri Lanka’s fast bowling spearhead and will lead the bowling attack in the third Test as well.
Lahiru Gamage bowled well in the second Test after a disappointing first Test but picked up just one wicket.
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