The second test between India and Sri Lanka begins tomorrow at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur. The first match was rain-curtailed, but there was no shortage of excitement. It is believed that the Indian team management have asked for a green top that would assist fast bowlers. Ostensibly, this is done to make the team better prepared for the upcoming South African tour. This would, indirectly, give Sri Lanka a chance to reverse their recent dismal record against India. But, do they have good enough player to excel on a green top? This is the million dollar question for cricket betting.
Preview – India
The previous test in Eden Gardens produced an unimaginable first in the Indian cricket history: Indian spinners took no wickets in a test match in India. All the 17 wickets went to pace men. A similar thing may not happen in Nagpur, especially because Buvneshwar Kumar will not be playing as he is busy with the arrangements of his own marriage. Shikhar Dhawan too will miss out because of some personal commitments.
That will mean two things. First, M. Vijay will open with KL Rahul. Second, Indian pace attack will have a new look, featuring Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma and possibly debutant Vijay Shankar. That will still be a formidable team. Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli look to be in great touch. Ajinkya Rahane too looks poised to score his customary hundred of the series in this test. And India take the momentum from the first test as well. It is safe to back India for cricket betting for this match.
Preview – Sri Lanka
The performance of Suranga Lakmal will be the biggest plus for Sri Lanka. Overall, Sri Lanka’s pace men did well in the first test. If not for Kohli’s brilliant hundred in the second innings and if not for the Sri Lankan batsmen’s inability to score big, they would have won the match. Lahiru Gamage and Dasun Shanaka did their part too. Lanka might consider bringing in the left-arm pace man Vishwa Fernando into the team.
However good they bowl, they cannot win the match unless their batsmen produce a decent total. That is not happening at the moment. Sri Lanka’s batsmen never look settled. They are always one ball away from getting out. Indian bowlers will fancy their chances against them.