India and Sri Lanka are all set to battle tomorrow at Galle in the first of their three-match test series. Virat’s troops, with the new head coach Ravi Shastri, are going into this series after winning the five-match ODI series against West Indies. On the other side, Sri Lanka have not been doing well recently owing to problems both on and off-field: especially, the departure of their head coach and the loss to Zimbabwe in the ODI series which forced Angelo Mathews to step down from captaincy. By statistics, Sri Lanka and India have played four tests against each other at Galle, with the former winning three out of them. Virat Kohli seems to be confident and his team is in very positive hopes in grabbing victory against Sri Lanka this time. Here is our preview for the Cricket Betting.
Sri Lanka – Preview
Sri Lanka will be led by the veteran spinner Rangana Herath. With a relatively inexperienced bowling attack, Sri Lanka’s batting remains their main forte. Mathews, being off the burden of captaincy, needs to gain back momentum, especially having endured a difficult period with the bat in the last couple of years. Sri Lanka have included four seamers in the squad for the first Test. Also, they have brought in 30-year-old domestic veteran Malinda Pushpakumara – an able left-arm spinner with 558 first-class wickets. To sum up, for cricket betting calculations, Sri Lanka have the mettle to give a strong challenge to India.
India – Preview
India will be confident of their excellent test winning track record recently. With the absence of KL Rahul due to fever, Shikhar Dhawan and Abhinav Mukund are likely to open for India, and they will be responsible for building a strong foundation for the rest of the batsmen to build upon. The team’s other regular opener, Murali Vijay, too pulled out of the series at the last minute, as he has not fully recovered from a wrist injury. However, India appear to be a much more balanced side, and if they unleash their batting firepower and spinning wizardry, they have a good chance of winning.
Our Prediction: This is going to be a good contest between two sides evenly matched by circumstances. The all-round efficiency and batting riches of the Indian team should give them a slight upper hand. ( Click for Match odds )