Sri Lanka tour of India 2017

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    Fixtures -

    Sat Nov 11 - Sun Nov 12 09:30 local (04:00 GMT)
    Indian Board President's XI v Sri Lanka Jadavpur University Campus 2nd Ground, Kolkata

    Thu Nov 16 - Mon Nov 20 09:30 local (04:00 GMT)
    1st Test - India v Sri Lanka Eden Gardens, Kolkata

    Fri Nov 24 - Tue Nov 28 09:30 local (04:00 GMT)
    2nd Test - India v Sri Lanka Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur

    Sat Dec 2 - Wed Dec 6 09:30 local (04:00 GMT)
    3rd Test - India v Sri Lanka Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

    Sun Dec 10 (50 ovs) 13:30 local (08:00 GMT)
    1st ODI - India v Sri Lanka Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala D/N

    Wed Dec 13 (50 ovs) 13:30 local (08:00 GMT)
    2nd ODI - India v Sri Lanka Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh D/N

    Sun Dec 17 (50 ovs) 13:30 local (08:00 GMT)
    3rd ODI - India v Sri Lanka Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam D/N

    Wed Dec 20 (20 ovs) 19:00 local (13:30 GMT)
    1st T20I - India v Sri Lanka Barabati Stadium, Cuttack N

    Fri Dec 22 (20 ovs) 19:00 local (13:30 GMT)
    2nd T20I - India v Sri Lanka Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore N

    Sun Dec 24 (20 ovs) 19:00 local (13:30 GMT)
    3rd T20I - India v Sri Lanka Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai N
     
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    Fit-again Mathews available for India tour

    COLOMBO: All-rounder Angelo Mathews has been declared fit and available for Sri Lanka’s tour of India later this month as the islanders strive to end their limited-overs woes against their formidable neighbours.

    Former captain Mathews missed the two-Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates with a calf injury, the latest setback in the injury-plagued career of the 30-year-old.

    “Angelo and Kusal Perera have both recovered and they will be considered for selection for the Indian series,” Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) chief executive Ashley de Silva was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

    “Asela Gunaratne is fit as well,” he added.

    Sri Lanka registered a rare Test series victory in the UAE but have lost their last 16 limited-overs matches, including one-day and Twenty20 whitewashes at the hands of India and Pakistan.

    “It’s pretty obvious what the mood will be like when you’ve lost 16 games,” interim coach Nic Pothas said.

    “With respect to new faces, that’s a conversation that we need to have with the selectors,” the former South African wicket-keeper added. “But I think it stands to reason that in any walk of life, when you’ve had negative results for a period of time you need to see some change somewhere.”

    SLC is expected to name a new head coach by the end of the year.

    “We are discussing with about three or four coaches, including Nic Pothas. We hope to finalise the decision by the end of the year,” de Silva said.

    Beginning on Nov 16, Sri Lanka play three Tests in India, followed by the same number of One-day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals.

    Published in Dawn, November 2nd, 2017

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1367722/fit-again-mathews-available-for-india-tour
     
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    Mendis, Kaushal Silva and Pradeep left out of India tour

    Sri Lanka Test squad
    Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Dimuth Karunaratne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Dilruwan Perera, Lahiru Gamage, Lakshan Sandakan, Vishwa Fernando, Dasun Shanaka, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Roshen Silva

    In: Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Angelo Mathews

    Out: Kusal Mendis, Kaushal Silva, Nuwan Pradeep

    Batsmen Kusal Mendis and Kaushal Silva, and seamer Nuwan Pradeep have been omitted from Sri Lanka's squad for the three-Test series in India. Instead, allrounders Dhananjaya de Silva and Dasun Shanaka have been named in the 15-member group. Angelo Mathews, who had been declared fit last week, also features in the squad.

    Last week SLC CEO Ashley de Silva had said that allrounder Asela Gunaratne and batsman Kusal Perera, who have both recently recovered from injury, would also be "considered for selection for the Indian series", but they weren't part of the squad.

    ESPNcricinfo understands the selectors have rested Pradeep. SLC is handling the fast bowler with care due to his history of injury problems, with the three Tests against India deemed too much of a risk following an injury scare ahead of the second Test against Pakistan. It is likely he will return for the limited-overs series.

    On the batting front, the selectors felt Kaushal Silva had not done enough to retain his place after scoring only 67 runs in four innings against Pakistan.

    The only real surprise in the squad was the omission of Mendis; the technically sound 22-year-old batsman has been earmarked as a potential future captain and has been a mainstay in the Test side since his debut last year, but an underwhelming series against Pakistan has led selectors to believe he would be better served by a stint improving his game back home. Another poor return against India, they felt, would do more harm than good. Mendis had, however, hit a hundred on a difficult SSC pitch against India in July. He had also hit a match-winning ton against Bangladesh, earlier in the year.

    Dhananjaya and Shanaka were rewarded for their performances for Sri Lanka A in the Caribbean last month. Dhananjaya, who had led Sri Lanka A to a 2-1 series win in the unofficial Tests, finished as the top scorer for the team with 260 runs at an average of 52. Shanaka was the second-highest scorer for the side with 183 runs in two matches at an average of 61.

    Shanaka, who has only played in one Test to date, may also be expected to fill in the role of fast-bowling allrounder with SLC confirming that Mathews will be playing only as a batsman in the Tests.

    Sri Lanka are relatively light on experience in the fast-bowling department in the absence of Pradeep. Suranga Lakmal will lead an inexperienced pace contingent consisting of Lahiru Gamage and Vishwa Fernando, who have played just three Tests between them, while Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera and Lakshan Sandakan will make up Sri Lanka's gang of spinners.

    Sadeera Samarawickrama, who made his debut in the second Test against Pakistan, will likely slot in at the top of the order alongside Dimuth Karunaratne. Mathews, meanwhile, will look to shore up a middle order that will likely consist of the returning de Silva, Lahiru Thirimanne and Niroshan Dickwella. Roshen Silva, who was a non-playing member of the squad which toured the UAE, keeps his place in the squad as well after some good showings for Sri Lanka A against the West Indies last month.

    Former Sri Lanka batsman Thilan Samaraweera, meanwhile, has been officially named as the side's batting coach for three years.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/srilanka/content/story/1125448.html
     
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    Sri Lanka squad arrive in Kolkata for first test

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    Kolkata, Nov 8 - A 15-member Sri Lankan cricket squad arrived here on Wednesday ahead of their first Test starting from November 16 at the Eden Gardens.

    The Dinesh Chandimal-led team will play three Tests, three ODIs and three T20 Internationals against India who are on a high after their limited overs series win against New Zealand at home.

    The squad will hit the nets from Thursday ahead of their two-day practice game against a third-string Board President's XI at the JU (2nd Campus ground), starting Saturday.

    https://cricket.yahoo.com/news/sri-lanka-squad-arrive-kolkata-152313137.html
     
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    Want to protect Mendis' form, confidence - Labrooy

    Sri Lanka's selectors dropped Kusal Mendis from the Test squad for the India tour in order to protect him from a further potential loss of form and confidence in India.

    Mendis endured a modest Test series against Pakistan, in which his contributions were 10, 18, 1 and 29. Although he made an excellent century against India in August, he had only crossed fifty in two of his last 14 innings.

    Mendis' omission from the squad has caused some consternation, especially as he has been repeatedly talked up by coaches and management as the batsman on whom the top order might hinge in coming years. Earlier in the year, against Bangladesh, Mendis' 194 also turned out to be a match-winning innings.

    However, according to chief selector Graeme Labrooy, it is precisely because the selectors are mindful of Mendis' potential, that they left him out of the squad.

    "We don't want a situation where he plays two more innings, gets two low scores and then drop him and destroy his confidence further," he told The Island. "He has got age on his side and we want him to go on to become one of the greats of the game. We want him to play for another ten years."

    Not only were Sri Lanka comfortably whitewashed by India in the three-Test series in July and August, they have also struggled in India historically, having never won a Test there. The tour is likely to challenge even the most experienced Sri Lanka batsmen, with India's bowlers in outstanding form at home.

    "We didn't want to throw him to the deep end or take him to India and leave him on the bench," Labrooy said. "What we tried to do was to let him play some domestic cricket, work on his game and regain his confidence. He is a confidence player. For him confidence is everything, and he has got everything in his armoury."

    That Lahiru Thirimanne was preferred to Mendis has been a particular bone of contention, given Thirimanne's very modest Test record. He averages 23.1 across 52 Test innings, and has crossed fifty only five times in his career.

    However, while Thirimanne has been picked in the squad, his place in the top order is not completely assured. Dhananjaya de Silva, who has returned to form with scores of 104, 73 and 64 for Sri Lanka A on the West Indies tour, could enter the top order. Though de Silva had made a successful entry into Test cricket from the lower middle order, it is as an opener that he regularly plays for his domestic club side, Tamil Union.


    "The No.3 position is a toss up between Thirimanne and Dhananjaya," Labrooy said. "We are glad that Dhananjaya made some runs for Sri Lanka A in the Caribbean. He will be considered as an opener or No. 3 batsman in the future and we don't want to drop him to the middle order."

    With Kaushal Silva - who opened unsuccessfully for Sri Lanka in the UAE - left out of the squad to India, de Silva and 22-year-old batsman Sadeera Samarawickrama become the primary candidates to open the innings alongside Dimuth Karunaratne. Samarawickrama is often a middle-order batsman and wicketkeeper in first-class cricket, but does open the innings in limited-overs cricket for his club side.

    He had showcased substantial attacking flair in his maiden Test innings in Abu Dhabi, and it is the style and rate of his run-making that appears to have struck the selectors.

    "Sadeera is a player for the future. This is the correct time that we should bring him in. Now is the time for him to bite the bullet and take up that challenge against world's number one ranked team. He will put pressure back on the bowlers by putting the loose balls away. We are very impressed with his game."

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/21320045/want-protect-mendis-form-confidence-graeme-labrooy
     
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    Hardik Pandya rested for Test series against Sri Lanka due to ‘heavy recent workload’

    Hardik Pandya has been rested for the upcoming three-match Test series against Sri Lanka. The BCCI said in a release that the decision was “made to made to negate any possibility of a major injury concern.” “Considering Mr Pandya’s heavy recent workload, the decision was made to negate any possibility of a major injury concern. Mr Pandya will undergo a period of strength at conditioning at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru,” read the statement.

    Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin and Murali Vijay make their returns to the Indian international setup. The BCCI further stated that the All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Sanju Samson as captain of the Board President’s XI for the warm-up match against Sri Lanka after Naman Ojha was ruled out due to injury.

    Shikhar Dhawan, who announced his Test comeback in Sri Lanka with two centuries, the first of which was 190 off 168 balls, has also been named in the squad alongwith Murali Vijay and KL Rahul. Rohit Sharma, who has not been able to replicate his limited overs success in the longest format of the game is also in the squad while Murali Vijay makes his return from injury.

    India had trounced Sri Lanka 4-0 in the Test series that the two sides played in the latter’s home in July and August. Since then though, Sri Lanka managed a shock 2-0 series win over Pakistan in the UAE. They are the first side to have beaten Pakistan in the UAE since the latter shifted their home base there in 2009. They were subsequently beaten by Pakistan in the limited overs series, losing all the ODI and T20I matches.

    India squad for first two Tests: Virat Kohli (Captain), KL Rahul, M Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (Vice-Captain), Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma.

    http://indianexpress.com/article/sp...t-sri-lanka-no-replacement-announced-4931319/
     
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    Pothas warns SL against being 'infatuated' with India

    Ahead of their first full series in India since 2009, Sri Lanka have arrived in the country with a bagful of trivia material and scores to settle. It is one thing that the last of their 17 Tests in India came eight years ago, but quite another that Sri Lanka haven't won even one of those dating back to 1982. Only two survivors - Angelo Mathews and Rangana Herath - remain from the side that went down 2-0 in the three-Test series in 2009, but it isn't as if members of the current squad are without scars.

    After all, it was only around August that Sri Lanka were blanked 9-0 across formats at home by a dominant India side. Between then and now, Sri Lanka had a rollercoaster ride in the UAE, where, after a surprise takedown of Pakistan to sweep the two-match Test series, they lost all the eight limited-overs matches on tour. And so, Sri Lanka have to reset and start from scratch as their young squad, led by Dinesh Chandimal, braces for a bruising examination from an India side that has proved to be near-invincible at home in the recent years. Coach Nic Pothas, though, insisted that the team's culture had changed for the better. More pointedly, he stressed on the need to not be "infatuated" with India's strengths and focus on Sri Lanka's game plans instead.

    "The mistake you can make here is come and be infatuated with the Indian side and concentrate too much on them," Pothas said on the team's arrival in India. "We know they are a good side. We only played them a month ago. We have to concentrate on our strengths and jobs, and if we can execute them well it will be a challenging series.

    "There are not too many people who have the joy of playing India back to back. It's always a pleasure to come here and challenge ourselves against a very, very good team. I think where we have changed is the culture within group. When we took on India [in Sri Lanka], we were all pretty new from the support staff to the players involved. We are now a team that pride ourselves in our culture. We defend it and we focus on ourselves."

    Pothas said the thrashing at home from India had proved to be a sound learning experience, and that the team had absorbed those lessons. "The series against India was a huge learner for us. I also mentioned that if we didn't learn from a very good team then that would have been the biggest error. We did go back to the lessons we learnt - what India does very, very well and the areas we needed to improve.

    "It was a complete different [Test] series against Pakistan. It was 41 degrees and they had lost two legends. That probably made things a little bit easier for us. But the India team is very settled team and all their players are their peak. So it's a completely different challenge, especially here in India. Not many teams have come here in the last few years and won. But what changed for us is internally - the discipline, the culture and how the teams stuck together, the characters that we have picked. As much as the skill and preparation has changed, what we have done internally has changed as well."

    Captain Chandimal, playing his first Test series in India, said the team had been working hard at practice. He also said the batting group had plans to counter the spin threat posed by R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja but did not divulge what those were. "This is my first Test tour to India," he said. "It's a really good challenge for each and every one. As I said, we are doing hard work at practice sessions, especially before coming here, in Bangkok, we did so much hard work at practice. I am sure you can see the new faces - Dasun Shanaka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Roshen Silva, and also Sadeera [Samarawickrama]. I'm sure they will be up for the challenge and do their best in the tournament.

    "Against Pakistan, we played six batters and five bowlers that worked really well, especially in the heat it was never easy to play four bowlers and win a game. If you are playing against India... they have got some really good bowlers, so we need to think about that allrounder position. We will look at the pitch and come up with our plans."

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/21349189/nic-pothas-warns-sl-being-infatuated-india
     
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    Settled India favourites in yet another Sri Lanka faceoff - Harsha Bhogle

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    Ashwin and Jadeja will be hungry, and their hunger in the past has generated a bagful of wickets. © BCCI

    Ahead of the series against India, Sri Lanka's earnest and articulate coach, Nic Pothas, exhorted his team not to get infatuated with India's strengths. He was asking his team to focus on what they can do, which is right, but in doing so, he might have revealed his team's state of mind ahead of the series. The last time these two teams played, not so long ago as we know, Sri Lanka didn't find itself competing and that can be a terrible feeling to recall.

    And yet, India must guard against taking opponents lightly. The history of sport is full of unexpected results emerging primarily from disrespecting the opposition. The Sri Lankans have just beaten Pakistan 2-0, a fine result anywhere, and while playing India in India is a different proposition, it is worth keeping in mind.

    The stats favour India, especially the fact that Sri Lanka have never won a Test match in spite of having stronger teams visit here in the past. That is both daunting and scary. But just as worrisome for Sri Lanka is that their biggest match winner, in all fairness their only genuine match winner, Rangana Herath averages 45 against India. Take away a rank turner and it would seem that that threat is largely negated. As India discovered in the series against Australia, when you play on good pitches the better side tends to win and India should expect to win this series if they play on good pitches.

    India have fewer issues to address and that should be expected. The choice of openers is one and I believe India should go in with Lokesh Rahul and Murali Vijay with Rahul as the clearly designated first choice opener. He is an outstanding talent, has time on his side and plays fast bowling well. He has been through some indifferent form lately but that was in limited-overs cricket where he was batting out of position. On overseas tours, Vijay has often given the impression of being India's most reliable batsman and while his recent numbers do him no justice, and injuries have been an irritant, you have to give him the opportunity to reclaim that role.

    A few months ago, Shikhar Dhawan yanked a series India's way against this opposition. Sri Lanka would be happy not to bowl to him but given that he was a replacement for Vijay, and India has established a precedent by leaving out Karun Nair after a triple century, I believe it is fair that India revert to their original pair with a potential match winner waiting to be unleashed.

    Hardik Pandya was being eased into Test cricket well and being at a stage where every day is a point on the learning curve, it would have been good for him to notch up a few more points. But India have another all-rounder down the batting order waiting to draw attention to himself. India's excitement with Pandya is because of the belief that a batting all-rounder has been sighted. If however, India is confident of someone else batting at number six, then Bhuvneshwar Kumar down the order offers more with his bowling and the question to ask really is whether Bhuvneshwar offers more with the bat than Pandya does with the ball.

    And it will be good to see Ashwin and Jadeja back. They will be hungry and their hunger in the past has generated a bagful of wickets. Luckily they have had a bit of cricket behind them and while the numbers haven't been outstanding, the top players tend to rise to the occasion on the big day. And with Ashwin galloping towards becoming the fastest ever to 300 wickets, there is added excitement.

    But once all is said and done, you must ask what result those playing the matches expect. And it won't surprise me if, deep down inside, both teams believe India will win the series.

    © Cricbuzz

    http://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-new...nother-sri-lanka-faceoff-harsha-bhogle-column
     
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    'I asked for the rest' - Hardik Pandya

    Last week, India's selectors decided to rest allrounder Hardik Pandya from the first two Tests against Sri Lanka. A BCCI media release said the decision was taken in consultation with the team management to help reduce the chance of injury. On Monday, Pandya revealed that he had requested the time off himself.

    "To be honest, I asked for it, because my body was not alright," he told CNN-News 18. "I want to play cricket when I'm totally fit and I'm giving my 100% and I was not able to give that because of a few niggles here and there, which is bound to happen because of the amount of cricket which I have played over this one year."

    Since the start of the Champions Trophy, Pandya has played 30 of 33 matches for India, across formats. In fact, over the past five months, no one has bowled more than his 147.2 overs in ODI cricket. The burden of such a workload took a toll on him, Pandya said, especially in light of his limited experience in the game.

    The 24-year old had only played 13 first-class, 10 List A and 28 T20 matches prior to his elevation to international cricket. Although he did quite well to shoulder a frontline allrounder's responsibilities - Pandya scored a century on his first Test tour and won the Player-of-the-Series award in the ODIs against Australia - it was also difficult.

    "I have played 30 ODIs, 25 T20Is and three Test matches in one-and-a half-years," he said. "I have not played this much cricket in my total cricketing career in such a short time. As an allrounder, it's difficult. I do my bowling, I do my batting, I do fielding as well, and managing my workload is very important right now because I have not played much cricket in my life."

    In the weeks he will spend away from the Indian team, Pandya hopes to better his fitness and also prepare for the tour of South Africa that begins with the New Year's Test on January 5. "I'm lucky that I got this rest. Actually, rest means I'm going to train in the gym and improve my fitness and again come back properly fit. I'm pretty excited for the South Africa series. I wanted that break to get super fit for the South Africa series and then I can bounce back quickly.

    "People keep on talking about away series. People keep on talking about England tours, South Africa tours, Australia tours, which is important, which is hard. I like these kinds of challenges I keep on getting in my life. That keeps me going all the time. It may be an important thing for me, important to have an allrounder who can contribute in bowling and batting both. I might be the difference, let's see. I've never played in South Africa. I'm pretty sure we're going to do well."

    There has been some criticism, though, with regard to why a young player, only starting out his international career, was being handled so delicately. Pandya, however, isn't paying any mind to that. "Let's be honest. It doesn't matter what they think. What matters is what the management thinks and what I think is important for me."

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/21406253/i-asked-rest-hardik-pandya
     
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    Ten defeats, eight innings losses - Can SL turn it around this time?
    The last time Sri Lanka toured India for a Test series in 2009, MS Dhoni was India's Test captain and Virat Kohli had no ODI centuries, and had not yet made a Test debut. Eight years later, the only two players of the current squad who were part of the 2009 team are Ishant Sharma and M Vijay; for Sri Lanka, only Rangana Herath and Angelo Mathews in the current squad made that trip to India in 2009. Since the 2009 Test series, Sri Lanka have played 16 limited-over matches in India, losing 12 and winning only three.

    Since 2011 across all formats India have won 31 matches to Sri Lanka's 8. Both teams have undergone major transitions in this period - while Sri Lanka have struggled to find consistency in their results, India have cruised to one series victory after another, staking claim to the top spot in the ICC Test rankings. Will Sri Lanka be able to triumph or at least challenge India in their backyard? The numbers clearly suggest otherwise.

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    Not competitive enough with the bat

    For starters, Sri Lanka have never won a Test in India. The only other teams who haven't won a Test here are Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. In 17 games, Sri Lanka have lost 10 and drawn seven. More startling is that eight out of the 10 defeats have been by an innings while the remaining two losses were by margins in excess of 180 runs. Sri Lanka have not been in a dominant position in any Test barring one, when they made a record 760 for 7 in Ahmedabad in 2009. In 29 innings, Sri Lanka have made in excess of 400 only twice. In a country where high first-innings scores are vital to win Tests, Sri Lanka's first innings average is only 251, excluding the Ahmedabad Test which is clearly an outlier. Only New Zealand have a lower first-innings average in India.

    In the forthcoming series, Sri Lanka will rely on Dimuth Karunaratne (average 39.13 since August 2014) and Dinesh Chandimal (39.89) - the side's best batsmen since the retirements of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene - to score the bulk of their runs. Historically, left-handed batsmen have done well in India and Karunaratne will be looking to continue that trend. Another important batsman is Angelo Mathews, who is coming back after a break and has not scored a Test century in two years. Since January 2016, Mathews averages only 28.12. If Mathews can find form early on in the series then Sri Lanka's batting could be a force to reckon with.

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    Can Herath counter India's plan this time around?

    The current squad Sri Lanka have a combined experience of 361 Tests, and 654 Test wickets. Sixty-two percent of those wickets have been taken by one bowler: Herath has 405 Test wickets and is coming off another successful tour against his favorite opposition, Pakistan. However, in this series, Herath will be up against an opposition that has done well against him and historically against Muttiah Muralitharan (average 45.45 in India). Herath averages 45.96 against India; against no other country has he conceded more than 33 runs per wicket. Barring the Galle Test in 2015, Herath does not have any significant performances against India, with the batsmen negating any threat from Herath through a now well-known strategy of using their feet against him.

    Three months ago, India's batsmen left the crease 84 times versus Herath, scoring 123 runs off those balls while losing just two wickets. Herath ended the tour bowling 546 deliveries for just five wickets at an average of 69.40. Herath averages 18.89 when Sri Lanka win and 43.72 when they lose. With Dilruwan Perera also having a horrid series against India at home, taking two wickets at an average of 190, and Lakshan Sandakan playing only his second series outside Sri Lanka, the onus is on Herath to plan and outfox the in-form India batsmen. With an inexperienced pace attack, Sri Lanka will rely heavily on Herath to have one last crack at India and help set up their first Test win in the country.

    The Ashwin threat

    Although R Ashwin has not played any international cricket since August, he remains a significant threat for the visiting batsmen. Eight short of 300 Test wickets, Ashwin will look to extend his rich vein of form at home. Ashwin should also pose a greater threat given that Sri Lanka have three left-handers in their top order: six of the top seven batsmen he has dismissed most in Tests are left-handers. Ashwin also has a tendency to win mini-battles against key batsmen in the opposition. He has a jump start already, having dismissed Dimuth Karunaratne five times in six innings, conceding just 138 runs from 306 deliveries. He also has accounted for Lahiru Thirimanne 11 times across all formats, the most he has dismissed any batsmen along with David Warner.

    Most of the Lankan batsmen went with a strategy to sweep and reverse-sweep Ashwin the last time they met. They managed to score 119 runs from 93 balls, with a majority being scored by Dickwella, but were dismissed five times in the process. It will be interesting to see if they follow a similar strategy against Ashwin, and how the India offspinner can counter that.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/21408717/ten-defeats-eight-innings-losses-sl-turn
     
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    Rain threatens to hold up 1st test as India faces Sri Lanka

    Persistent rain is threatening to hold up the first test on Thursday when India begins its three-match home series against Sri Lanka .

    The sides met only recently, when India toured Sri Lanka in July and August and emphatically won 3-0.

    Sri Lanka recovered from that poor showing to beat Pakistan 2-0 in a home test series — albeit played in the United Arab Emirates — but India will once again look to stamp its authority on this contest as the world’s top-ranked test side.

    Neither side could practice properly on Wednesday because of incessant showers. The forecast is not good for Thursday and Friday and the weather is only expected to clear up from Saturday onwards.

    It has affected ground staff, too.

    The pitch at the Eden Gardens was lush green on Monday, and staff working there only managed to shave off a little.

    Given this, India captain Virat Kohli expects a green pitch for the first test.

    “It looks like a sporting wicket,” he said. “We want to play in different conditions and perform well.”

    Kohli’s side also has one eye on the tour of South Africa, starting in January, and the players will use this series to step up preparations for an enthralling away clash with the world’s second-ranked side.

    “We want to play every match with the same intensity,” Kohli said. “If we had played all our recent games in overseas conditions, we would have played with the same attitude.”

    Emerging batsman Hardik Pandya, who impressed during the tour of Sri Lanka , has been rested. In his absence, Rohit Sharma could get a chance if India opts for an additional batsman.

    Keeping the conditions in mind, however, the hosts could look to field a five-pronged attack including three pacers and two spinners.

    Sri Lanka has a hard task ahead but remains cautiously optimistic.

    “India played some good cricket in the past two years. They have worked hard in different areas and their number one rank is justified,” Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal said. “It will be an uphill task for us. But we have our plans in place and could surprise them.”

    But the one batsman who impressed during the 3-0 home loss to India —Kusal Mendis — has been dropped after scoring only 48 runs in two tests against Pakistan.

    http://nation.com.pk/15-Nov-2017/rain-threatens-to-hold-up-1st-test-as-india-faces-sri-lanka
     
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    Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to field

    India 17/2 as rain stops play
     
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    Kohli gone for a duck. Lakmal on fire! 17/3
     
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    Lakmal - 6 overs 0/3. All over India at the moment
     
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    Sri Lanka bowl out India for 172 in 1st Test
     
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    Game very close to a draw. India need to make a breakthrough pretty quickly to force the win
     
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    Again we will never learn to declare on time. There was no need to give them a target of 230. If we had declared earlier setting them 170-180 to win, we would have got that extra one hour to get those 2-3 wickets.
     
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    Nagpur pitch less seam-friendly than Eden Gardens - Chandimal

    Conditions in Nagpur will not assist seam-bowling to the extent they did in Kolkata, according to Dinesh Chandimal, the Sri Lanka captain. There is a fair amount of grass on the VCA Stadium pitch as well, in line with India's desire to test themselves in pace-friendly conditions ahead of their tour of South Africa. Chandimal, however, felt there would be a more even contest between bat and ball here.

    "We saw so much grass at Eden Gardens," he said. "This is much less. This looks a good Test pitch. It's a challenge for us as a team. We are looking forward to the game."

    He went on to explain what he meant by a "good Test pitch": "The first few days will be good for batters. Then it might turn. That's the kind of wicket I think that is."

    Sri Lanka were the dominant side for most of the first Test - until the last innings in which they slipped to 75 for 7 before bad light saved them - and Chandimal felt it was the result of their changed attitude since a 0-3 home series defeat to India in July-August. Sri Lanka, he said, are now looking to win Test matches and series, and are prepared to play a fifth bowler or allrounder to be able to do this.

    "We learned a lot from the last Indian series in Sri Lanka," he said. "The most important thing is we came here to win the series. Our attitude has changed. As I said every time our fielding also has made a huge difference - there's a lot of energy.

    "We have looked at a six-five combination or six-four - plus [an] all-rounder. That's the combination we are looking at. Most importantly we have come here with a mindset to win a Test match."

    Despite all the help for the quicks in Kolkata, Lahiru Gamage did not enjoy a hugely productive Test, only picking up three wickets in 40.3 overs. Chandimal, however, backed Gamage to come good through the rest of the series.

    "Calcutta was his second game [in Test cricket]," he said. "His first game was in Dubai and he did well against Pakistan. You can have a bad day and you can have a bad game. He is a really good player. He has a lot of experience, having played quite a bit of domestic cricket. I am sure he will be a good asset, especially when bowling on a wicket like this. We will make a call on the side tomorrow morning."

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_...s-seam-friendly-eden-gardens-dinesh-chandimal
     
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    Seam-friendly tracks against SL the only way to prepare for SA - Kohli

    Virat Kohli has said India's packed international calendar has given them 'no choice' but to play on seam-friendly pitches in the Test series against Sri Lanka in order to prepare for their upcoming tour of South Africa. The series against Sri Lanka, which also includes three ODIs and three T20Is, ends on December 24, which is 12 days before the first Test against South Africa in Cape Town. This only gives India time to play one two-day warm-up match, on December 30 and 31 in Paarl.

    "Unfortunately we get only two days before we fly to South Africa after this series gets over," Kohli said, on the eve of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Nagpur. "So we have no choice but be in game situation and think of what's coming ahead of us.

    "Had we got a month off, ideally, we would have done a proper preparation in a camp sort of scenario but we have to make do with what we have. As usual, cramped for time, which I think we need to assess in future as well, because we very easily assess the team when we go abroad but we don't look at how many days we have got to prepare before we go to a particular place to play.

    "And everyone starts judging players when results come after Test matches. It should be a fair game where we get to prepare the way we want to and then we are entitled to be criticised. So we thought this is an ample opportunity for us to challenge ourselves.

    "As I said, we want to embrace being in difficult conditions. I am not saying that everyone will go out and perform immediately but if we can feel comfortable about it, after one or two or three innings, someone will come good. And once you come good, you build on that confidence. It's the same for the bowlers. Yes, we are looking at this as an opportunity."

    In the first Test at Eden Gardens, a green pitch and overcast skies made for a rain-interrupted Test dominated by the faster bowlers. India's spinners, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, only bowled 10 overs between them across the two innings. Both are among the top five in the ICC's Test bowlers' rankings, but Kohli said India might find it difficult to play both in overseas conditions, despite their batting ability.

    "I can't commit to that 100% when we play abroad, that we will be playing with two spinners, to be honest," Kohli said. "Because we need to have a look at the balance of the side as well. Obviously, those two guys with their batting abilities are both contenders to start a Test match, but depending upon the batsmen we are up against in the opposition - when you play on tracks which don't turn and bounce - it's very important to understand if the left-arm spinner is bowling to five right-handers or the offspinner is bowling to four left-handers.

    "Just the angle the ball coming in makes so much difference against a spinner. And it can turn away from you at some stage in the Test match. Those are very minor factors that you assess before picking the first spinner in overseas conditions but that's quite far away.

    "But yes, we count them as allrounders because they have proved themselves in different situations and they have made some very important contributions to the team. So they are not tail-enders anymore, they are proper allrounders. Their ranking does justice to that. They have really improved their games, it gives us good balance when we play both of them because when you play both of them, you can, if you want to, play an extra bowler as well. So that certainly gives us some cushion to play around."

    Kohli stressed the importance of a seam-bowling allrounder in overseas conditions, and said India had picked Vijay Shankar in their squad for Nagpur to try him out as a back-up for Hardik Pandya, who has been rested.

    "He [Shankar] has been very consistent. He has earned his spot," Kohli said. "We wanted to look at another allrounder keeping in mind that it's a very important aspect of the team going forward. Obviously, Hardik is in our scheme of things as our first allrounder. But we need to, obviously, find out more people who have that capability and whom we can groom and make as back-ups for the allrounder's slot, which is very, very crucial for us when we travel abroad.

    "That is the whole idea of bringing him in and keeping him in the set-up and making him familiar with what's going on here and making him understand what he needs to work on and look at his game as well. He is a pretty balanced cricketer, he is very composed. He is handy with the ball - he can easily give you 10-12 overs a day - and he is very solid with the bat. I just saw him at the nets. Big moment for him. He has earned it, as I said."

    On the fifth day in Kolkata, India's charge to an unlikely victory was halted by bad light, but also held up on occasion by Sri Lanka's delaying tactics. Niroshan Dickwella, their wicketkeeper-batsman, was particularly adept, stopping Mohammed Shami in his run-up on a couple of occasions, and exchanging words with him. Asked about this, Kohli said he liked his competitiveness.

    "I like to see that character," he said. "He is someone who takes a lot of pride in his cricket. Impressed with what I have seen so far from the last series as well. He has got great ability to do something very special for Sri Lankan cricket.

    "I like to see that competitiveness on the field. In the heat of things, I will do anything for my team to win. Afterwards we had a normal chat, and on the flight as well. Those things end on the field. When you are competitive as an opponent, we always respect that about any opponent. He is a very feisty character and that works for his game. Credit for him for maintaining that and I am sure he will do many good things in Sri Lankan cricket."

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/21525239/seam-friendly-tracks-sl-only-way-prepare-sa-kohli
     
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    Home captain always want to play safe. And they declare late due to this 'play safe' mindset. Just imagine Kholi had declared at 170, SL came out swinging and win, could you imagine the backlash against you skipper?
     
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    Ashwin quickest to 300 wickets, India record joint-biggest win

    India 610 for 6 dec. (Kohli 213, Pujara 143, Vijay 128, Rohit 102*) beat Sri Lanka 205 (Chandimal 57, Karunaratne 51, Ashwin 4-67, Ishant 3-37, Jadeja 3-56) and 166 (Chandimal 61, Ashwin 4-63) by an innings and 239 runs

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    R Ashwin became the quickest bowler in terms of matches played to take 300 Test wickets.
     
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    Kohli rested for Sri Lanka ODIs, Rohit Sharma named skipper

    Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper, has been rested for the ODI series against Sri Lanka, the BCCI announced on Monday (November 27). He will, however, captain the Test side for the third game of the ongoing series against Sri Lanka. India's limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma will take over as captain for the three 50-over games starting from December 10.

    Kohli, who had recently spoken about India's workload management, is the only Indian player to have played in excess of 100 matches across international formats since January 2015. Kohli has played 113 matches in the said period while Dhoni, who retired from Test cricket in December 2014, has played 92 matches since.

    Hardik Pandya, who was rested for the Sri Lanka Tests, is part of the ODI squad which includes one newcomer in 27-year-old Punjab pacer Siddarth Kaul. Kaul, who recently featured in two one-day games for India A against New Zealand A, bagged a couple of three-wicket hauls and was the joint third-highest wicket-taker in the tri-series in South Africa.

    R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja yet again miss out on limited-overs selection with the MSK Prasad-led panel persisting with the trio of Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Axar Patel. Also missing out from the squad that was selected for the New Zealand ODIs is Shardul Thakur while his Mumbai team-mate Shreyas Iyer finds a place in the team for the 50-over games against Sri Lanka. KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav, too, aren't part of the ODI set-up.

    Meanwhile, Shikhar Dhawan, who missed the second Test against Sri Lanka in Nagpur owing to personal reasons, returns to the squad for the final Test in Delhi starting on December 2. Dhawan is the only addition to the squad that defeated Sri Lanka by an innings and 239 runs. Uncapped all-rounder Vijay Shankar was retained for the final Test, as was Shami, who had missed the second Test due to a niggle.

    India squad for the third Test: Virat Kohli (Captain), M Vijay, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (Vice-Captain), Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Vijay Shankar.


    India squad for the ODI series: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (WK), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul.
     
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    ICC fines Sri Lanka’s Shanaka for altering ‘condition of the ball’

    NAGPUR: The International Cricket Council (ICC) slapped a fine on Sri Lankan fast bowler Dasun Shanaka for violating its code of conduct during the second day of Nagpur Test match being played against India, it said in a statement Saturday night. At the second day-end, Joel Wilson and Richard Kettleborough – the two on-field umpires – as well as third and fourth umpires Nigel Llong and Chettithody Shamshuddin, respectively, raised the charges, which Shanaka admitted. Shanaka’s fine amounts to “75 percent of his match fee”, according to the ICC’s announcement, “for breaching Level 2 of the ICC Code of Conduct”. The Level 2 – Article 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel – pertains to “changing the condition of the ball in breach of clause 41.3”. Shanaka was seen on the television during the 50th over of India’s first innings “picking up an area on the ball next to the seam several times”. This comes alongside a three-demerit-point addition to the disciplinary record of the Sri Lankan cricketer, who, if and when the tally “reaches four or more demerit points within a 24-month period”, will be banned as they will translate to suspension points.

    For clarity, the ICC’s rules state that “two suspension points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whatever comes first for the player”. Moreover, “demerit points are to remain on a player or player support personnel’s disciplinary record for a period of 24 months from their imposition, following which they will be expunged”. Put forward by David Boon of the ICC Match Referees’ Emirates Elite Panel, the sanction did not require a formal hearing. “These are early days in Dasun’s career,” Boon said. “I am sure this sanction will ensure he is more careful when maintaining the condition of the ball in the future.” “All ‘Level-2’ breaches carry a minimum penalty of a fine of between 50-100 percent of the applicable match fee and/or up to two suspension points,” the ICC’s statement added.

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    'Lost a lot of focus worrying about Tests' - Rohit

    At the VCA Stadium on February 6, 2010, Rohit Sharma injured his ankle during a practice session on the morning of what was to be his Test debut. Rohit himself had come into India's squad as cover for the injured VVS Laxman. Now he too had been ruled out. He would have to wait until November 2013 to make his Test debut.

    Now, more than seven years after that injury, Rohit has reason to view the VCA Stadium, and Nagpur, with a bit of fondness. On Sunday, he scored his third Test hundred here, which contributed to India going 1-0 up against Sri Lanka with victory by an innings and 239 runs. This was Rohit's first Test match since October 2016.

    "Personally for me, it [the hundred] was very important as I was playing Test cricket after nearly 500 days," he said on Monday. "I have been waiting for this opportunity and I am glad that I could put some runs on the board for myself and the team. Really happy, it was worth waiting for so long.

    "I clearly remember this was the ground where I got injured and I had to wait three years to make my Test debut. This ground has now given me something to [make me want to] go back."

    Rohit has made 68*, 2, 82, 51* and now 102* in his last five Test innings - that's 305 runs at an average of 152.50. This run of scores has lifted his overall Test average above 40. But thanks to a spell of injury, the quality of India's batting line-up, and their tendency to play five specialist bowlers, Rohit has not been a regular member of India's Test line-up. He only played the Nagpur Test because India went in with six batsmen, and remains the likeliest batsman to miss out when India next decide to play an extra bowler or an allrounder.

    In this situation, Rohit said it was important to keep himself at peak preparedness whenever opportunities arrived.

    "When you get an opportunity you have to be more than ready, not just ready, to play the game and deliver the goods, what your captain and coach expect from you, and the team," he said. "So when I was in Sri Lanka and before that, you never know that you're going to be guaranteed your place in the XI. You've got to keep working at it, and try and figure out a way when you are in the middle, how you're going to be destructive and make an impact on that particular game.

    "So my focus was purely on those particular aspects and we've got a good set of coaches to help us go through all that. It really depends on the captain and the coach what combination they want and what they're comfortable with. Every member of the side understands that, and they are 100% and completely backing them to make the right decision, and whatever decision they make is in favour of the team.

    "In the last series that we played against Sri Lanka, we played with five bowlers. First game here we played with five, now we played with six [batsmen]. So you know, every now and then we'll have this combination change - there will be six batsmen playing at times, there will be five bowlers playing at times - you never know. It depends completely on the captain, what he wants on that particular day, and against that particular opposition."

    Rohit admitted that, in the past, he had been prone to putting too much pressure on himself to perform in Test cricket, and said he was now far more relaxed.

    "My plans are simple and clear," he said. "I don't want to complicate things, which I have [done] in the past at the earliest stage when I had just come into the team. I just thought too much about it and gave too much importance.

    "At the end of the day, it's just a cricket match that you have to play, don't worry about anything else. Initially, my focus was a lot on Test cricket - 'Oh no, this is Test cricket, I have to do well, I have to do this and that.' In thinking that I lost a lot of focus and forgot what I was there for and what I needed to do and [now I am] pretty clear in my mind, which is the most important thing."

    Since his debut, Rohit has only played 22 of India's 45 Tests, and spent a long time before that being part of the Test squad but not getting a game. He said it was pointless regretting any of that, and that he was happy to be playing, given the uncertainty that surrounded his career after he suffered that injury in Nagpur.

    "There will always be regrets in your life," he said. "Even if you score 10,000 runs, you will feel, 'Oh, I should have scored 15,000 runs'. Or people will tell you, 'You should have scored 15,000 runs, man'. So that's what it is. That's what this world is and that's what we're living in.

    "But for me I'm glad that I'm back on my feet, because when I went through that injury, at one point I was thinking whether I'll be able to walk or not, because injury was very bad. I'm lucky that I'm on my feet, playing and scoring some runs, so yes, I'm happy. I'm not someone who will think about what has happened in the past. I like to see what is in front of me, and yes, that is how I look at it. "When I was inexperienced, when I just came into the team there were lot of things that I used to think about, but not anymore. I've passed that age where I shouldn't be thinking what happened in the past. I should be ready for what is coming next, because that's what matters. What has happened in the past is gone - you can never change it. For me, I can change things looking forward, and looking forward is Delhi Test match and thereafter one-day series and then the South Africa series."

    In that tour of South Africa, and the series of overseas tours that will follow it, India will depend heavily on their fast bowlers. Rohit said they had "evolved immensely" since their last cycle of tours in 2013-15, and that they knew their own game inside-out.

    "The last home season was a great eye opener for all the bowlers," Rohit said. "Playing on slow pitches is never easy, I feel, and then to come out victorious and put on some match-winning performances was really pleasing to see. The last 13 matches we played in India, I think, there was a huge contribution from the bowling unit as well. That has given them confidence moving forward.

    "Now, when we go and play abroad, the confidence is there. All these guys, they have worked closely, and they have started to work on their technique and think more on their strategies and all. Like I said, in Test cricket, you have to get wickets, people don't give you wickets. You have to plan for that and I think the focus of these bowlers has been more on that particular aspect - how to get a batsman out and what works for them and what doesn't.

    "Sometimes there might be a session where you will find it tough but what do you do in that particular moment. It's important to keep it tight, and keep that holding thing going on and create that pressure. So I think they have learned that in the last two years of Test-match cricket where they have played. When we went to South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and England before, these guys were a little inexperienced and now they have come of age. They exactly know their bowling which is the most important thing for any cricketer, to know their game."

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/21585161/lost-lot-focus-worrying-tests-rohit-sharma
     
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    India experience will help identify the right characters - Pothas

    The margin of Sri Lanka's defeat to India in Nagpur - an innings and 239 runs - was the worst in their Test-match history. The defeat was also the most recent in a sequence of chastening results against India.

    In July-August, Sri Lanka suffered a 3-0 home defeat to India, and lost each of the Tests by a big margin: 304 runs, an innings and 53 runs, an innings and 171 runs.

    For a team as inexperienced and low on confidence as Sri Lanka are currently, it might seem like a punishment to play the world's No. 1 Test side in back-to-back series, but their interim coach Nic Pothas feels the experience will help identify players "with the right characters", who can take the team forward in the long term.

    In his post-match press conference on Monday, Pothas said, without naming names, that there were a few players in the dressing room who had been making the same mistakes repeatedly and were in danger of losing their places.

    "I still firmly believe, if we play a team like India in such a short space of time, twice, in six Test matches, the guys with the right characters - which I keep talking about and I keep asking for - will get better into the future," he said.

    "As long as the curve is on a general upward trend, then you're always going to be, when you look down the line, that person's going to get better. Like in any environment, when things get tough and the pressure goes up, some people fall off the bus, some people get better. That's natural everywhere.

    "I think the key is to make sure that we're picking people, or more people, that are likely to stay on the bus when the pressure goes up. That again is the nature of professional sport. It's tough, and, as we sit here, it's very, very tough. The answer you'll probably get in the next 18 months or two years whether this was a good idea or not to play India twice. Personally, as a coach, I find it hugely exciting.

    "I've learned a hell of a lot in the last series and in the short period of time we've been here, and I'll continue to learn more. What I would say is that, when you play a team like India, cricket is a game like chess. If one team makes a move, or an individual makes a move, you'd better have a counter-move, because if you don't, you will fall off that bus. At the moment in our changeroom, we probably have a few who keep making the same move and they keep losing pieces off the chessboard."

    A big contributing factor to Sri Lanka's present state, Pothas felt, was the fact that players come to Test cricket having played mostly three-day first-class cricket. He said the SLC, which has included the former Test captains Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara in a five-member committee to rehabilitate Sri Lankan cricket, was in the process of addressing the issue.

    "If we don't have a format whereby - I think this is being addressed, at the moment - if you don't have a format that gives you the opportunity to bat for four to six hours, I think it's unfair on our part to ask batters to now come and try and replicate that in a Test match against high-quality bowling," Pothas said. "That, once again, is just a fact. But that is being addressed.

    "I think Kumar and Mahela have spoken about that at length, and I think their advice is being heeded at the moment. Once we get into a four-day format of high-quality cricket, it will actually make it easier to select people based on results rather than on any other factor."

    Pothas did not mince words while summing up Sri Lanka's Nagpur performance, calling it embarrassing. "Hugely disappointing," he said. "Disappointing because of the amount of work that goes in, behind the scenes, and to put in a performance like that, I think it's embarrassing. The players should be embarrassed in their own performances. Putting in work and hitting the ball nicely in the nets means nothing if you're not going to go out and put runs on the board."

    He was scathing of their approach on the fourth day, when, faced with a massive first-innings deficit, a number of players got out playing aggressive shots rather than try to bat time. "Was there a message [before the day's play]? Of course there was a message. Were they asked to make sure that our score was made up 61% out of boundaries? No. When the percentage of your score is so high in boundaries, against a quality attack, you're going to run into a lot of trouble.

    "India, for example - 610 [in their first innings], boundary percentage 37. That's why they get 610. We're talking about the top batters in the world. If 37% is good enough for them, then it sure should be good enough for us. If you're striking at 61% in boundaries, that's what's going to happen."

    One of the major concerns for Sri Lanka on the batting front is the form of their ex-captain Angelo Mathews. He hasn't scored a Test hundred since August 2015, and since then has averaged 27.80 across 36 innings. Pothas sympathised with Mathews' struggles with injury of late, and backed him to rediscover his form, but said there was no running away from his recent numbers.

    "Having injuries is always tough when you're not playing continuously, to try and strike a rhythm when you do come back," Pothas said. "If you're consistently playing, and facing bowling above 140kph, you get used to it.

    "We've got Thilan Samaraweera now as our batting coach, who is a phenomenal batting coach with a good track record. I'm sure Thilan will sit with Angelo and work things out. Angelo is a quality international cricketer. His numbers over a period of time tell you that.

    "But you can't run from the numbers in the short term. Angelo is hurting at the moment, he has an immense amount of pride. And I have no doubt that, with his ability, he'll come out with some answers. It's our job as coaches to create an environment and to provide him with as much support as possible, in order for him to have the best chance of success."

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    Rangana Herath ruled out of Delhi Test

    Jeffrey Vandersay, the Sri Lankan leg-break bowler, will be flown to India as cover for Rangana Herath, who is set to miss the third Test of the ongoing India-Sri Lanka Test series.

    The 39-year-old Herath complained about back pain after the end of the second Test at Nagpur, having bowled 39 overs in the only innings India batted.

    "We were hoping that Rangana Herath will feel okay for Delhi. But having spoken to him and physio we feel that he should come back. We have got lot of cricket ahead and he is important for us. Our plan was to fly in Malinda Pushpakumara, but he has failed a fitness test. Vandersay will now be the replacement," Chief selector Graeme Labrooy said.

    The 27-year-old Vandersay, hailing from Wattala, has played 11 ODIs and & 7 T20Is for Sri Lanka, having made his international debut in a T20I against Pakistan in July 2015. He is yet to play a single Test.

    He was also part of the squad for the one-off T20I against India earlier this year, but did not play the game.

    Vandersay has prior experience of playing on Indian pitches, having participated in the World T20 last year.

    Herath, an 87-Test veteran, has managed to pick up just one wicket from the first two games, despite being, by far, the most experienced bowler in the line-up. In the first Test, with the track heavily assisting seamers, he bowled just eight overs.

    The final Test of the series starts on December 2, and will be held at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi

    https://www.sportskeeda.com/cricket...ubtful-for-delhi-test-jeffrey-vandersay-cover
     
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    Thisara Perera named Sri Lanka's limited-overs captain

    COLOMBO: Sri Lanka on Wednesday ousted Upul Tharanga as One-day captain and brought in Thisara Perera to lead the team for an upcoming ODI and T20 series in India.

    The move comes after a series of defeats while Tharanga and senior Sri Lankan players refused to play a 20-over international against Pakistan in Lahore.

    "We have appointed Thisara the ODI and T20 captain," a top Sri Lanka Cricket official told AFP ahead of a formal announcement later Wednesday.

    Batsman Tharanga, 32, was captain when Sri Lanka lost series to India, South Africa and Pakistan this year without winning a game.

    Having led Sri Lanka against Pakistan when they played in the United Arab Emirates, Tharanga and other senior team members refused to travel to Lahore for the Pakistan leg of the T20 series.

    Perera was brought in as Sri Lanka became the first country to play in Pakistan since the Sri Lankan team bus was attacked in March 2009.

    Pakistan had since been a security no-go area for international cricket teams.

    The three One-day games against India are on December 10 in Dharamsala, December 13 in Chandigarh and December 17 in Visakhapatnam.

    The T20 internationals are on December 20, December 22 and December 24 in Cuttack, Indore and Mumbai.


    https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com...imited-overs-captain/articleshow/61849018.cms
     
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    Thirimanne set to be dropped for Delhi Test

    After their worst ever Test defeat in the history earlier this week, Sri Lanka are set to make a few changes for the final Test against India in Delhi that gets underway on Saturday. Veteran spinner Rangana Herath was due to fly back home on Thursday due to back pain and a change in the bowling department will not be the only one the tourists are set to do for Delhi. Sri Lanka are expected to leave out vice-captain Lahiru Thirimanne as well with questions being raised about his temperament after a series of poor shots since his return to the Test side after more than a year.

    Thirimanne was axed from the side in June last year with doubts about his temperament and several injuries brought him back to the ODI side in August this year. Although he had not done much in domestic cricket or with the 'A' team, the 28-year-old was given a break for the Test series in UAE and was named vice-captain.

    Thirimanne collected a duck and scored seven runs in the first Test in Abu Dhabi and missed the second Test in Dubai due to injury. He was retained for the Test series in India and managed to score a half-century in the first innings in Kolkata, but in Nagpur, in both innings was dismissed playing rash shots. Sri Lanka are demanding more from their number three.

    "It is to me the most important position in the batting order - number three. Sometimes you walk in in the first over or you stay in the dressing room for two or three sessions. The mental switch that you have to do between certain scenarios is huge," Gurusinha, who himself was a successful number three batsman told Cricbuzz.

    The early dismissal of opener Sadeera Samarawickrama followed by that of Thirimanne has exposed Sri Lanka's middle order too early in the innings. "It is affecting us. It is a lie if we say no. Thiri played some very bad shots in the last game which he shouldn't have. You said the word temperament and that is lacking," Gurusinha said.

    Top order batsman Dhananjaya de Silva is likely to take Thirimanne's place following a good tour of West Indies with the Sri Lanka 'A' team.

    Gurusinha faulted his batsmen's lack of ability to bat for long hours. "The biggest issue that we are having is that we are not batting three or four sessions. That's where we are struggling. If you are going to get 400 runs in an innings, you need at least one guy to bat long. That was one reason why we won against Pakistan as we scored 400 plus and batted for more than 150 overs," Gurusinha noted.

    Gurusinha felt that an overdose of T20 cricket is harming some of the young players. "Young guys who are coming into the Test squad are playing too much T20 cricket. Even schools are playing T20 tournaments. In three day games, they keep playing all these shots and get away, but Test cricket is Test cricket. The name says it all. It tests your mental toughness and your skill. That's what we are lacking at the moment."

    But when pointed out that India thrive on T20 cricket having allocated almost two months of the calendar for the IPL, Gurusinha argued that India's first-class structure was strong. "I was talking to a couple of people in Indian coaching staff and it is their Ranji Trophy which is quite strong. You take Ranji Trophy, there are big scores in every game. Even though they play IPL, all players need to go back to Ranji Trophy and perform."

    "Everyone is talking about Jasprit Bumrah, the T20 bowler. He is playing Ranji Trophy and is amongst wickets. I think India has told him that we are interested in you playing Test cricket, but you've got to go back and prove it to us. What IPL has done is to give so much talent. But they are harnessing in so many areas, one-dayers and Tests and building on that. I would love to have a scenario where we have to drop or rest someone and the replacement is someone who averages 50 in Tests."

    http://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-new...-dropped-for-delhi-cricket-test-against-india
     
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    Must-win scenario beckons battle-weary Sri Lanka

    Big picture
    There will be - at least physically - two teams taking the field in Delhi for the deciding match of a Test series. But their minds are busy peering into the future. India are obsessed with events that will take place in January while Sri Lanka are looking further ahead, willing the mists to clear and reveal a time in which they aren't being bullied. An innings and 239 runs isn't so much a margin of defeat as a brand across their faces.

    Fire, though, is where iron can be forged and the interim coach Nic Pothas is of the belief that these experiences can, in the long term, be helpful. Like how losing the Galle Test in 2015shook India up. In the time since, they have won 21 out of 28 Tests and their dominance in many of them was barely even up for debate. That boils down to bench strength. It is the advantage Virat Kohli has and the luxury Dinesh Chandimal craves.

    Makes sense then that Sri Lanka would lose their best bowler at a time everything is on the line, isn't it? Rangana Herath has been sidelined with a back injury and there is every possibility that Lakshan Sandakan might be asked to replace him. Herath, the fingerspinner, has had no impact this series - average 115 - so a wristspinner might not be the worst plan against a batting line-up that goes into each Test hungry to make big runs. India's top four have provided four centuries this series, including a double, whereas no one from the visitors has gone past 67. There are vast gaps between the two teams. And unless the Sri Lankans show they can bridge it, they may well lead the brigade that harrumphs there is too much cricket being played between these two sides.
    Form guide
    (last five completed matches, most recent first)

    India: WDWWW
    Sri Lanka: LDWWL

    In the spotlight
    Three ducks in five first-class innings is not normally a sequence of events Ajinkya Rahane has had to go through. He is yet to get past single-digits in this series, heightening the divide between his home and away form. Now, there is little doubt over the quality he possesses - remember Lord's. Nor is there question over his will to fight - remember Indore. But considering his status as one of the first names India put down in a Test XI, both he and the team management would prefer he find some form before leaving for South Africa.

    Speaking of unusual experiences, Herath wouldn't have thought he would have only one wicket to show for nearly 50 overs' work. He is steady. His traps are subtle. But India have avoided them without breaking a sweat and in light of that, it may not be such a bad thing to bring in a bit of a wildcard. Like Lakshan Sandakan. The 26-year old left-arm wristspinner took a five-for in Pallekele; included in that bag were the wickets of Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara. Not bad for the second spinner.

    Team news
    India's combination remains a mystery. Among the openers, Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul were involved in slip-fielding practice and M Vijay came out for the press conference. And would they really drop Rohit Sharma soon after he had scored a cathartic Test century?

    1 M Vijay, 2 Shikhar Dhawan/KL Rahul, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Virat Kohli (capt), 5 Ajinkya Rahane, 6 Rohit Sharma, 7 R Ashwin, 8 Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 9 Ravindra Jadeja, 10 Ishant Sharma/Mohammed Shami, 11 Umesh Yadav

    Batting failures in both innings on a more-or-less traditional subcontinent pitch in Nagpur suggests Sri Lanka need to consider adding Dhananjaya de Silva and perhaps even the uncapped Roshen Silva in their XI.

    1 Dimuth Karunaratne, 2 Sadeera Samarawickrama, 3 Dhananjaya de Silva 4 Angelo Mathews, 5 Dinesh Chandimal (capt), 6 Niroshan Dickwella (wk) 7 Roshen Silva/Vishwa Fernando, 8 Dilruwan Perera, 9 Lakshan Sandakan, 10 Suranga Lakmal, 11 Lahiru Gamage

    Pitch and conditions
    The pitch looks green but Chandimal said it was closer to Nagpur than Kolkata. Nothing extraordinary about it. Weather is clear but light could fade early and be a factor

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    Srilanka absolutely mauled by India

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    Cricketers vomiting in smoggy India: Sri Lanka coach

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    NEW DELHI: Pollution stopped play Sunday in the third Test between India and Sri Lanka, and visiting coach Nic Pothas said the smog was so extreme that his players — who took the extraordinary step of wearing face masks — were “coming off the field and vomiting”.

    Concentrations of the smallest and most harmful airborne pollutants in Delhi, one of the world’s most polluted capitals, hit 384 — 15 times the World Health Organization maximum — before returning to levels considered just “unhealthy”, the US embassy website showed.

    Play was halted for around 20 minutes at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium as Sri Lankan fielders complained of health troubles and the umpires consulted the match referee and team doctors.

    Play resumed but Sri Lanka protested twice more, with the visitors soon short on fielders as pacemen Lahiru Gamage and Suranga Lakmal returned to the pavilion.

    Indian skipper Virat Kohli declared his first innings on 536 for seven to get the visiting fielders off the ground after the third stoppage.

    India’s powerful cricket board was less than impressed, accusing the visitors of making a fuss, and vowed to write to its Sri Lankan counterpart about the incident. But Pothas said his men were physically sick amid the “extremely high” pollution levels choking the ground.

    “We had players coming off the field and vomiting,” he told reporters after the match. “There were oxygen cylinders in the change room. It’s not normal for players to suffer in that way while playing the game.”

    Pothas said Lakmal was “continuously vomiting” in the changing room, where the team doctors and the match referee had gathered to assess the situation.

    “I think it’s the first time that everybody has come across that situation,” he added.

    “There aren’t too many rules regarding pollution. What we are going to do tomorrow is in the hands of the match referee. They will have meetings tonight to put in some sort of a precedent if it happens like this tomorrow.”

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    – Not normal –
    Play is routinely suspended due to poor weather, low visibility, lightning or rain, but a stoppage as a result of pollution is almost unheard of.

    “It is definitely a first of its kind,” said one commentator on the official television broadcast.

    Indian sports commentator Ayaz Memon said the dramatic scenes sent an “unedifying message about Delhi’s pollution” and urged authorities to combat the scourge.

    The Board of Control for Cricket in India accused the visiting side of making a “big fuss”.

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    “If 20,000 people in the stands did not have problem and the Indian team did not face any issue, I wonder why Sri Lankan team made a big fuss?” said CK Khanna, acting BCCI president.

    The islanders were booed by Indian fans as their opening batsmen walked to the crease after Kohli’s declaration.

    But earlier in the day Indian bowler Kuldeep Yadav was also seen sporting a mask as he brought drinks to teammates on the field.

    Delhi has been ranked among the world’s most polluted capital cities, with air quality worsening in winter as cooler air traps pollutants near the ground.

    Doctors last month declared a public health emergency in the capital as pollution soared to 40 times the level deemed safe by the WHO, shutting down schools for days.

    But that did not stop more than 30,000 runners competing in the Delhi half-marathon last month, despite dire health warnings from doctors who called for the race to be postponed.

    Doctors warn that competitive exercise during severe pollution can trigger asthma attacks, worsen lung conditions and increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

    Other top-level sporting events in Delhi, such as international cricket and golf tournaments, have attracted less attention despite the hazardous levels of pollution.

    Authorities in Delhi have in recent years closed power plants temporarily and experimented with taking some cars off the road but the measures have had little effect.



    https://arynews.tv/en/cricketers-vomiting-smoggy-india-sri-lanka-coach/
     
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    Gunaratne, Pradeep return for India ODIs

    All-rounder Asela Gunaratne and fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep have made a comeback to the Sri Lankan national squad for the three-match One-Day International series in India, the selectors announced on Tuesday (December 5). The selectors have also brought back wicketkeeper-batsman Kusal Perera while Test skipper Dinesh Chandimal and veteran seamer Lasith Malinga have not been considered.

    While Malinga was already dropped for the Pakistan ODIs recently following his below-par performance at home against India, Chandimal has been axed after scoring only 41 runs in the five-match series in the UAE, which Sri Lanka lost 0-5.

    Gunaratne, who recently collected four trophies at the SLC annual awards, has recovered after undergoing a reconstructive surgery for a broken thumb whereas Pradeep, who was rested for the Tests, is set to play his first ODI in almost six months.

    Sri Lanka will also feel bolstered by the presence of former skipper Angelo Mathews, who missed the Pakistan ODIs, and Perera, who hasn't played for the national side ever since getting injured in the Champions Trophy earlier this year. Promising batsman Kusal Mendis, who was left out of the Test squad, continues to find himself on the sidelines.

    Chaturanga De Silva, who last played a One-Day International in South Africa in January this year, has returned to the squad. He played in the Lahore T20I against Pakistan recently. While Sadeera Samarawickrama retains his spot, Sri Lanka will also welcome back Danushka Gunathilaka to their top order. The left-hander was not considered for the Pakistan ODIs after being suspended by the SLC. He eventually returned for the T20I series and scored one half-century.

    Due to a delay in submitting the list of selected players to the ratification of the Sports Minister, the players including skipper Thisara Perera were not able to arrive in India on Monday as per the original schedule. Instead, they will now leave in the early hours of Wednesday. The first ODI will be played in Dharamsala on December 10.

    ODI squad: Thisara Perera (C), Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella, Chaturanga de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dhananjaya De Silva, Dushmantha Chameera, Sachith Pathirana, Kusal Janith Perera

    http://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-new...tne-nuwan-pradeep-india-odis-dinesh-chandimal
     
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