Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bat first in the second Test of the three-match series at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur.
The visitors have not made any changes to the playing eleven that drew the first Test while the hosts have made three changes, bringing in Ishant Sharma, Murali Vijay and Rohit Sharma.
Here is what the captains said:
“We will bat. Looks like a good Test pitch and we have to make the maximum out of this. There’s grass cover but it’s dry underneath. We played good cricket in the first Test apart from the last session, so we have chatted about how to bat in the second innings. Same team.”
“The first session should offer something to the quicks. Not a good grass covering as such, some cracks, but it should do something. We would have batted first to test ourselves. The toss isn’t under your control. The pitch tends to slow down as the game progresses. If the batsman plan, they can get runs. Bowlers can also get wickets. Looks like a pretty good pitch. Shami has a niggle, so Ishant comes in. Rohit comes in for Bhuvneshwar. Vijay replaces Dhawan.”
With the momentum on their side, the hosts will be looking to make the most of it and take the lead in the three-match series. After being on the backfoot for the first four days in the series-opener at the Eden Gardens, Virat Kohli & Co. were on the verge of sealing an unprecedented win on the fifth day before bad light dashed their hopes and the game ended in a thrilling draw.
On the other hand, the visitors would be high on confidence after ending their 5-match losing streak against India with a dodgy display and will be looking to take that confidence into this game.
Here is the playing elevens:
Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal(c), Niroshan Dickwella(w), Dasun Shanaka, Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Gamage0
Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma