Team India Ready for Sri Lanka Test Series

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The Virat Kohli-led Team India are preparing to take on Sri Lanka in the first of 3 Tests tomorrow. The on-field precision from a ruthless home side has prevailed all through the home season of 2016/17. They have come really close to matching the success rate of the Australian side of 2005/06. Sri Lanka bore the brunt of a strong Indian attack that laid them bare in a 3-0 away series victory. Dinesh Chandimal’s Sri Lanka were humiliated in their own locales. This highlighted the huge gulf in quality between the top-ranked side and the one languishing at seventh.

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Sri Lanka have had a very dismal 2017 season. Things turned for the better with a win over Pakistan on their home turf. They had batsmen to keep Yasir Shah at bay and fast bowlers to outperform Mohammad Amir & Co. It gave Sri Lanka a reason to keep their chins up before heading to India. They also had a reason to believe that things are starting to look up.

It has been a mediocre year for Sri Lanka. The Lankan Lions have gone through phases of a mass exodus of the selectors. Even a promising young batsman, namely Kusal Mendis, was axed from the tour of India in order to shield his confidence. He had had a dismal outing against Pakistan and desperately needed to recharge his batteries. Clearly, the expectations from the tour haven’t been set too high.

Meanwhile, Team India appear to be playing at another level. For them, the biggest challenge seems to be stemming from competition for spots in the side. If the rain stays away in Kolkata – which is a big IF for the first couple of days – Kohli & Co. should be well on course to extend India’s unbeaten streak in Tests over Sri Lanka at home.

Can Sri Lanka get their mojo back or will India continue their dominance on the field.

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