While India can keep chances of finishing the group stages of the World Cup as the top placed team alive, for Lanka it will be all about bowing out with a win against one of the tournament favourites. For India, it will again be about cementing the fourth batsmen's slot as they inch closer to the business end. While Rishabh Pant has been given the position with the bat, the others also need to pitch in and support his endeavour. But the team for now is happy to see him bat at no. And if Pant can repose the faith shown in him by the selectors and team management by scoring some runs, that will be the icing on the cake.
Cricketnext Staff July 29, , AM IST India will look to extend their domination in Tests when they take on a jaded Sri Lanka in the first game of a three-match series in Galle, back to a place where they were humiliated before soaring to world No.
Virat Kohli and Co. The live broadcast of the match will be shown on Sony Six, Sony Six HD and Ten 3 while the live streaming of the match can be caught on www.
You can also check out CricketNext's LIVE blog for all the latest action from the match including live scores, ball-by-ball commentary and analysis. A lot has changed since as a young and aggressive Kohli has turned into a mature captain, who has led the side to 12 wins out of 17 Tests against West Indies, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia in season.
The Indian team will be looking to take that confidence into this three-match series, which heralds the onset of a new season, and more importantly, another overseas cycle. It also marks the second coming of Ravi Shastri at the helm of affairs.
The team has been on-tour for five days now, and collectively they seem to have put the entire saga of Anil Kumble's premature departure as well as the dramatic coach-selection process behind them.
With Shastri back in charge, along with Bharat Arun guiding the bowlers, there is at least a familiarity about the team's setting. It is perhaps the only positive aspect of this lengthy, at times distasteful, saga.
In that light, Shastri will also be wary about what playing at Galle entails for visiting teams. It was the 'team director' who had roused his hurting troops before the second Test in Colombo, and it worked just fine as India rallied from down to take the series