The second cricket test between Sri Lanka and India starts tomorrow at Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo. This test is crucial for Sri Lanka’s chances in this three-match test series, as the home side suffered a demoralizing 304-run defeat in the first test at Galle. India outplayed Sri Lanka in every aspect of the game: batting, bowling, fielding, and fitness. Sri Lanka lost Asela Gunaratne on the very first day of the test due to injury, and skipper Rangana Herath got injured on the third day. Herath is a doubtful starter for this match too. That means everything in a cricket betting point of view suggests yet another comfortable win for the Indian team. However, Sri Lanka – especially at home – has this trait of bouncing back from improbable situations.
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Sri Lanka have recalled former skipper Lahiru Thirimanne; also recalled are spinner left arm wrist spinner Lakshan Sandakan and pace bowler Suranga Lakmal. Sandakan can form a good combination with the traditional left arm spin of Herath, provided the latter is fit enough to play. Sri Lanka are likely to field a spin-heavy bowling unit at Colombo, as their pace-heavy bowling at Galle was comfortably dealt with by the Indian batsmen. Angelo Mathews and Upul Tharanga in the first innings and Dimuth Karunaratne and wicket keeper Niroshan Dickwella in the second innings showed good batting form in the first test. Offspinner Dilruwan Perera too batted well. Since India scored 600 runs in the first innings, all their efforts turned futile. Sri Lanka’s major aim should be to prevent India from piling up a huge score in the first innings. The odds of cricket betting are not in Lanka’s favour.
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India’s entire eleven are in sparkling form. The top order scored truckload of runs. All the bowlers chipped in with wicket. Hardik Pandya – the lone all-rounder – cracked a quick-fire half century and took a couple of wickets. The team has no obvious weakness. Only complacency can bring India down.
Prediction for cricket betting: The SSC pitch is good for batting. This match could end in a high-scoring draw. ( Click for Match odds )