Sri Lanka’s tour of India involves three tests, three one day internationals and three T-20 internationals – a balanced diet of cricket cuisine if you look at that way. The first test begins tomorrow at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. This generation of Indian players seem to have a psychological upper hand over their Lankan counter parts. India tend to win most of their matches against Sri Lanka in recent times, irrespective of the format and irrespective of the venue. The trend is likely to continue in this series as well. Mark that for Online betting purposes.
Preview – India
India have an extremely balanced team. There is a healthy competition for the openers’ slots among Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay and KL Rahul. Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane form arguably the best middle order in the world for Indian conditions. Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Sami vie for two fast bowler’s vacancies. India could field all the three spinners – R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav – in the attack. And Wriddhiman Saha has established himself as the premier test wicket keeper for India. Whichever way the team combination falls, India will be a formidable outfit, especially in Indian conditions and especially against Sri Lanka. You just can’t go against them in Cricket betting.
Preview – Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka are still reeling under the vacuum caused by their batting stalwarts. It has been more than a year since legends like Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene retired. Sri Lanka’s batting still has the uncertain look of an adolescent. Skipper Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella, Lahiru Thirimanne and former skipper Angelo Mathews are experienced batsmen. But none of them are consistent.
Spinners Rangana Herath and Lakshan Sandakan are Sri Lanka’s best bowlers. But Indian batsmen seemed to have got a measure of them. Sri Lanka’s best chance is in unleashing the pace bowlers on the Indian batsmen in the first couple of days when the pitch in the Eden Gardens is still suitable for swing bowling. Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Gamage should play a key role if Sri Lanka are to have any chance in this match.