In the Sri Lanka tour of India, the first Test of the three-match series will be played at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on Friday, May 4 at 9:30 AM IST. The upcoming Test match is the newly appointed Indian captain, Rohit Sharma‘s first assignment in the longest format.
India will be heading into this fixture on the back of a dominant 3-0 victory against the Lankans in the T20 format. The star Indian opener would like to continue his winning streak by clinching the first Test and gaining a lead. With the return of Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant and Mohammed Shami, the hosts have become a formidable side. The prime Indian pacer, Jasprit Bumrah was appointed vice-captain for the entire Sri Lanka series. In the ICC Men’s Test Team Rankings, the hosts currently have acquired the number two spot trailing Australia.
On the other end, the Lankans are still in the search of their first victory on the tour. After facing a humiliating defeat in the T20I series, Sri Lanka will aim to make a remarkable comeback. The Sri Lankan skipper, Dimuth Karunaratne will count on his experienced contenders in the team – Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews to provide a breakthrough. The visitors have acquired the seventh position on the points table.
In the head-to-head competition between the two teams, India completely outplays Sri Lanka. The two sides have played 44 fixtures so far out of which the home team won 20 games while the tourists emerged victorious on seven occasions. The last outing between the two teams in the longest format took place in 2017/18 in India. The Men in Blue won the three-match bilateral series 1-0.
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