India favourites in first-ever day-night Test against Sri Lanka ￼
India will be favourites against Sri Lanka in the second and final test match starting on Saturday at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, which also happens to be the first ever day-night Test between the two teams. India are 1-0 ahead in the two-match series having won the first match by a huge margin of an innings and 222 runs.
The first game between the two teams finished inside three days with Ravindra Jadeja producing a superb all-round performance to score 175 not out and take a match haul of 9/87 to help India record a huge victory at the IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali last week.
While India were absolutely dominant with both bat and the ball, Sri Lanka would look to improvise and put their best foot forward in what also happens to be the last match for them on this tour. There will be an extra motivating factor for the Sri Lankans in this Test given that there right-arm fast bowler Suranga Lakmal is set to play his last match for his country.
Lakmal has signed a contract to be with Derbyshire for the next two years and the 34-year-old will be teaming up with former Sri Lanka coach Mickey Arthur at the English county side.
There is some concern in the Sri Lankan camp as far as their batting is concerned since they flopped in both the innings on the first Test at Mohali. Sri Lanka were bowled out for 174 and 178 in the two innings after India posted a massive total of 574/8 declared, signalling that they are far from being at their best as far as batting is concerned.
The visiting side will expect more from the senior batsmen including captain Dimuth Karunaratne, opening batsman Lahiru Thirimanne and middle-order senior batsman Angelo Mathews, who all got starts in both the innings and Mohali but failed to convert them into anything big. The same was witnessed from Charith Asalanka, who also disappointed with the bat in the opening game of the series.
On the other hand, hosts India have been bolstered with the return of Akshar Patel, who missed the majority of the series against Sri Lanka due to coronavirus. Patel is completely fit and available for selection, and given his form in India with the red ball, he can replace all-rounder Jayant Yadav in the Indian team.
India have been at their best once again under the leadership of Rohit Sharma and they will look to make it a clean sweep of the Sri Lankan team with the contest starting on Saturday, for which the officials have allowed 100% occupancy.