Rohit Sharma’s India team look to seal the streak in pink ball test against injured Sri Lanka, Sports News
Injury-hit Sri Lanka will need nothing less than a miracle to prevent hosts India from a 2-0 sweep in the Test series when the two teams meet in the second and last test in Bangalore, which will be played under the lights from Saturday.
India have not lost a series at home in the longest format since losing 2-1 to England in 2012 and won their 14th consecutive series at home by beating the inaugural Neo Test world champions. Zealanders at the end of last year.
Led by new test captain Rohit Sharma, the team shut out Sri Lanka by one set and 222 runs in three days in the opener against Mohali.
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Sharma’s side will be favorites to extend their unbeaten streak, having never lost a Test match against Sri Lanka at home and their last loss to the southern neighbors was in 2015 in the longest format.
To make matters worse for the touring team, Pathum Nissanka, who scored an unbeaten 61 in the opening innings at Mohali, was ruled out of the pink ball test due to a back injury.
Fast thrower Dushmantha Chameera, who missed Game 1 through injury, was also unavailable, while compatriot Lahiru Kumara suffered a hamstring injury on Day 1 at Mohali.
“Injuries are a huge concern for us,” Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne told reporters on Friday.
“We have few bowlers and to win a Test we need 20 wickets, so it’s very difficult to win against a team like India.”
The hosts, on the other hand, have welcomed back Axar Patel for the Bengaluru test and the left-arm spinner is expected to replace Jayant Yadav in the side if India decide to go ahead with three tweakers.
It will be India’s third day-night test and the hosts have won their previous two pink ball contests – against England and Bangladesh.
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India vice-captain Jasprit Bumrah felt that playing a Test match under the lights, with a pink ball, required a lot of mental adjustment.
“We are still very new to this format,” said the hosts’ fast bowling spearhead, adding that India have yet to decide on their combination for the match.
“As kids, we didn’t play the pink ball much. We weren’t used to catching the pink ball, bowling the pink ball, as the batters play against the pink ball.
“So it’s a mental adjustment.”