[Discussion Thread] India in Sri Lanka 2017

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Discuss India's tour of Sri Lanka here.

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Danushka expected to make Test debut

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Yes it's quite likely that

Yes it's quite likely that Gunathilaka will play to replace Chandimal. Dhanushka has played well in the recent past and scored 70+ for the practice match with India and also in Champions trophy.

Upul Tharanga
Dimuth Karunaratne
Kusal Mendis
Dhanushka Gunathilaka
Angelo Mathews
Asela Gunaratne
Niroshan Dickwella
Dilruwan Perera
Rangana Herath
Nuwan Pradeep
Suranga Lakmal

I would like to see Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando play but its unlikely. SL will most likely go with experience. Its a shame because i think our young fast bowlers are more capable of taking wickets due to their extra pace.

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If you give Indians...

If you give Indians pacey wickets our batting won't last 20 overs!!!

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It's truly a shame that they dropped Sandakan from the squad, because clearly bowling is our weaker suite and we're short of a bowler due to Mathews fitness issues.

I think it's likely that Gunathilaka will get the nod ahead of Dhananjaya. Would prefer that the drop Perera and play Malinda instead, between Gunathilaka and Gunaratne we'll at least have two decent off spin options which should balance out having two left armers.

However, as mentioned on cricinfo, there is definitely the possibility that they may decide to go with 5 bowlers. the risk with that strategy is that our batting isn't completely solid with Mathews being out of form and most of the others only cementing their places in the side.

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India have bases covered..

This is as tough as it gets with India no really to bothered with spin and bring with them probably the best spin attack. They have pace covered as well and of course their batting can become monstrous. The weak link in the batting is the opening spot but Dhawan is not exactly a mug.

The plan in Galle is always the same - win the toss and get plenty so winning the toss is the starting point followed by runs! It's time for Anji to have a bumper series after a string of injuries and average series's looking for Anji to deliver. The other guy is the man who is on an eternal battle to keep his spot for the next test. Yep, Upul is in at the beginning of the series and not as replacement or injury cover but this is the opportunity to go big and seal his spot for the foreseeable future. Speaking of playing for a spot, Dimuth is, probably for his career so a huge series for him too.

There are a few other calls to make like 5 or 4 bowlers. Considering how dodgy our batting is, playing 6 batters is almost suicidal but we also need to play to get 20 wickets. Also Danushka V Dhanajaya? There there a Dilruwan V Pushpakumara battle? We can talk about all options but to make an impression in this series we will need to play out of our skins and a total turn-around from the Bangladesh and Zim series. Lets also give some thought to the last #1 team that arrived on these shores and keep the fingers crossed.

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Zimbabwe scored 340+ in a

Zimbabwe scored 340+ in a single day in the Test match at Premadasa earlier this month. This is like a school team attack. Indian batting greats will not be threatened by Sri Lankan bowlers. Not even Herath.

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We have probably the most

We have probably the most insane selection committee.

When visiting batsmen are probably the best batsmen against spin and medium pace bowlers we go with the exact same formulae.

The only way to salvage a draw in the next two matches is to introduce raw pace as much as we can.

Or else we must get ready for a total annihilation in all formats.

We should learn a lesson from Pakistan.

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Where is the rain?

I am afraid this is looking rather bleak as expected. India had the script - win the toss, get 600 and the game is good as done. I think the dropped catch and broken thumb and a batter short in the first hour sums the reality of SL cricket these days. Anyone noticed how Tharanga has evidently been out twice in really unlucky circumstances? Well the reality is its not about luck.This is our most experienced player lacking the very basic of skills. Luck to some but a sign of the times for the rest of us.

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Expected but disappointing.

India got the script and played the perfect plan. Win the toss, get 600 and drive home the advantage. Losing to the number one team was never in doubt but the manner of the defeat leaves a lot of questions. For the 4th innings in a row SL have failed to produce a century at home while the visiting teams have produced one every innings (when was the last time that happened? We are now unable to get a look in to a test with the batting which was always our fall back. The bowling, now totally toothless (except for Herath in the right conditions) will never give us a look in on both fronts. Add to that the fielding and yes, I don't have to tell you we have issues.

Besides so much of the talent we supposedly have, there are some really alarming signs out there. Mathews played two really poor shots in both innings which is most unusual. With a batter down, the call of the day was for one of his back to the all knocks which he did in the first innings but when it was time to get excited he played a really poor shot - almost like he is not with us. The review by Karunarathne in the first innings was also very poor. For two senior playes in the middle to get it so wrong is just plain worrying.

So with the all the so called talent we have, the replacement for Dislthan, Gunathileke, averages 31 in SL conditions! Sure number don't say it all but looking at the two shocking shots he played on debut one can understand why he averages 31 in first class cricket. What is scary if that he is the best we have to replace Chandi!!!

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Desperately in need of a few quality sessions

Another test against the number one team and lets face it, this is a herculean effort just to compete! However, SL doesnt need to do a lot to compete, just hold on to catches (is this seriously that hard) and get 300 to stay in the game. It becomes awfully hard to do anything when you drop catches in the first hour or you bat and are 4 down in the first morning.

We need a batter to make a century for a start! When was the last time visiting teams have made hundreds and we haven't, for crying out aloud Zim made 2 to our none despite the result. It is not enough for Tharanga and Mathews to make fifties and give it away. That you expect from the younger players but one of the senior batters has to anchor the innings with a big hundred. The bowling is - well we need to bring Herath in to the game which in turn means we need to win the toss!

From all reports, SSC will bat well so the plan is the same. Win the toss and bat first AND made useful runs and stay in the game. I am afraid if we lose the toss, we are up against it with the powerful Indian batting.

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