Indian squad for second Test against Sri Lanka
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India Vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test, match preview: In their pursuit to get a 1-0 lead, Team India will come down to Nagpur on 24th November for the second Test against Sri Lanka. Kohli's brigade will be missing their star opener Shikhar Dhawan, who scored precious 94 runs in the second innings of the first Test. Another man to opt out of the Nagpur Test is Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who starred with ball picking up eight wickets at Eden Garden. The void of Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar doesn't really seem to be a serious concern for Kohli given the fact that India has a strong bench-strength. Murali Vijay is set to be slotted as Dhawan's replacement. Ishant Sharma, who didn't get a chance to play the first game, can be seen opening the Indian bowling in place of Bhuvneshwar Kumar in Nagpur.
The Tamil Nadu all-rounder Vijay Shankar, who is yet to make his debut, has got a maiden call-up in the Test squad. Even though the selectors have called Shankar as Bhuvneshwar's replacement, it would be a surprise if he finds a spot in the playing XI. As India is preparing for their overseas tour, probably the one to South Africa lined-up next in January 2018, the team is supposed to go with three front-line pacers in India Vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test. If this is exactly what the case is, Ishant Sharma reasonably fits in Bhuvneshwar's place. Irrespective of whoever comes in, Indian squad for second Test against Sri Lanka will undergo major changes.
The first two days of the first Test were marred by heavy rain causing Indian batting line-up enough dents to constrain them at a mere 172 runs in 59.3 overs. Lanka, in reply, got a massive lead of 122 runs, but failed to repeat the same bowling feat as India went past 350 runs in their second innings. On the final day, the dramatic three hours served plenty of entertainment on viewer's plate. Lanka had to survive less than a session and half in a 231-run chase, and they haltingly managed to eke out a dramatic draw despite slumping 75 for 7. A few more overs and India would have won, but the bad light had played spoilsports.
Lanka would be pleased managing to draw the Kolkata Test. Thanks to bad light that came as Lanka's savior and caused an early finish on the final day. In the second Test starting from Nov 24, Lankans are wary of the threat India can pose. They will be heavily relying on Lakmal and Rangana Herath in the bowling department. However, in batting, Thirimanne, Chandimal and Mathews will be in the key role. They will have the responsibilities to take Lanka out of the crunch situations.
Indian squad for second Test against Sri Lanka: Virat Kohli (c), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar.
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