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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

2017 India Tour of Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka Vs India First Test @ Galle July 26-30,2017


July 26: 1st Test at Galle - 10:00 AM IST

Aug 3: 2nd Test at Colombo - 10:00 AM IST

Aug 12: 3rd Test at Kandy - 10:00 AM IST

Aug 20: 1st ODI at Dambulla - 2:30 PM IST

Aug 24: 2nd ODI at Kandy - 2:30 PM IST

Aug 27: 3rd ODI at Kandy - 2:30 PM IST

Aug 31: 4th ODI at Colombo - 2:30 PM IST

Sept 3: 5th ODI at Colombo - 2:30 PM IST

Sept 6: T20 at Colombo - 7:00 PM IST

India Test Sqaud

 Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice captain), Rohit Sharma, R Ashwin, R Jadeja, W Saha (wk), Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, M Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Abhinav Mukund

India's ODI and T20I teams haven't been announced yet.

India Vs Sri Lanka Head-to-Head in Test Matches

Sri Lanka in India (1982/83)
Only Test at Chennai - Sep 17-22, 1982, Match drawn (Sri Lanka 346 and 394; Ind 566/6d and 135/7)
Result Drawn 1
India in Sri Lanka (1985)
1st Test at Colombo (SSC) - Aug 30-Sep 4, 1985, Match drawn (Ind 218 and 251; SL 347 and 61/4)
2nd Test at Colombo (PSS) - Sep 6-11, 1985, Sri Lanka won by 149 runs (SL 385 and 206/3d; Ind 244 and 198)
3rd Test at Kandy - Sep 14-19, 1985, Match drawn (Ind 249 and 325/5d; SL 198 and 307/7)
Result Sri Lanka 1, Drawn 2
Sri Lanka in India (1986/87)
1st Test at Kanpur - Dec 17-22, 1986, Match drawn (SL 420; Ind 676/7)
2nd Test at Nagpur - Dec 27-31, 1986, India won by an innings and 106 runs (SL 204 and 141; Ind 451/6d)
3rd Test at Cuttack - Jan 4-7, 1987, India won by an innings and 67 runs (Ind 400; SL 191 and 142 (f/o)
Result India 2, Drawn 1
Sri Lanka in India (1990-91)
Only Test at Chandigarh - Nov 23-27, 1990, India won by an innings and 8 runs (Ind 288; SL 82 and 198 (f/o)
Result India 1
India in Sri Lanka (1993)
1st Test at Kandy - Jul 17-22, 1993, Match drawn (SL 24/3)
2nd Test at Colombo (SSC) - Jul 27-Aug 1, 1993, India won by 235 runs (Ind 366 and 359/4d; SL 254 and 236)
3rd Test at Colombo (PSS) - Aug 4-9, 1993, Match drawn (SL 351 and 352/6; Ind 446)
Result India 1, Drawn 2
Sri Lanka in India (1993/94)
1st Test at Lucknow - Jan 18-22, 1994, India won by an innings and 119 runs (Ind 511; SL 218 and 174 (f/o))
2nd Test at Bangalore - Jan 26-30, 1994, India won by an innings and 95 runs (Ind 541/6d; SL 231 and 215 (f/o))
3rd Test at Ahmedabad - Feb 8-12, 1994, India won by an innings and 17 runs (SL 119 and 222; Ind 358)
Result India 3
India in Sri Lanka (1997)
1st Test at Colombo (RPS) - Aug 2-6, 1997, Match drawn (Ind 537/8d; SL 952/6d)
2nd Test at Colombo (SSC) - Aug 9-13, 1997, Match drawn (SL 332 and 415/7d; Ind 375 and 281/5)
Result Drawn 2
Sri Lanka in India (1997/98)
1st Test at Mohali - Nov 19-23, 1997, Match drawn (SL 369 and 251/6; Ind 515/9d)
2nd Test at Nagpur - Nov 26-30, 1997, Match drawn (Ind 485)
3rd Test at Mumbai - Dec 3-7, 1997, Match drawn (Ind 512 and 181/9d; SL 361 and 166/7)
Result Drawn 3
Asian Test Championship in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka (1998/99)
1st Match: India v Pakistan at Kolkata - Feb 16-20, 1999, Pakistan won by 46 runs (Pakistan 185 and 316; Ind 223 and 232)
2nd Match at Colombo (SSC) - Feb 24-28, 1999, Match drawn (Ind 518/7d and 306/5; SL 485)
3rd Match: Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Lahore - Mar 4-8, 1999, Match drawn (Pakistan 398 and 314/8d; SL 328 and 165/2)
Final: Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Dhaka - Mar 12-15, 1999, Pakistan won by an innings and 175 runs (SL 231 and 188; Pakistan 594)
Winner Pakistan
India in Sri Lanka (2001)
1st Test at Galle - Aug 14-17, 2001, Sri Lanka won by 10 wickets (Ind 187 and 180; SL 362 and 6/0)
2nd Test at Kandy - Aug 22-25, 2001, India won by 7 wickets (SL 274 and 221; Ind 232 and 264/3)
3rd Test at Colombo (SSC) - Aug 29-Sep 2, 2001, Sri Lanka won by an innings and 77 runs (Ind 234 and 299; SL 610/6d)
Result Sri Lanka 2, India 1
Sri Lanka in India (2005/06)
1st Test at Chennai - Dec 2-6, 2005, Match drawn (Ind 167; SL 168/4)
2nd Test at Delhi - Dec 10-14, 2005, India won by 188 runs (Ind 290 and 375/6d; SL 230 and 247)
3rd Test at Ahmedabad - Dec 18-22, 2005, India won by 259 runs (Ind 398 and 316/9d; SL 206 and 249)
Result India 2, Drawn 1
1st Test at Colombo (SSC) - Jul 23-26, 2008, Sri Lanka won by an innings and 239 runs (SL 600/6d; Ind 223 and 138 (f/o))
2nd Test at Galle - Jul 31-Aug 3, 2008, India won by 170 runs (Ind 329 and 269; SL 292 and 136)
3rd Test at Colombo (PSS) - Aug 8-11, 2008, Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets (Ind 249 and 268; SL 396 and 123/2)
Result Sri Lanka 2, India 1
1st Test at Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad - Nov 16-20, 2009, Match drawn (Ind 426 and 412/4; SL 760/7d)
2nd Test at Green Park, Kanpur - Nov 24-27, 2009, India won by an innings and 144 runs (Ind 642; SL 229 and 269 (f/o))
3rd Test at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai - Dec 2-6, 2009, India won by an innings and 24 runs (SL 393 and 309; Ind 726/9d)
Result India 2, Drawn 1
1st Test at Galle International Stadium, Galle, Jul 18-22, 2010, Sri Lanka won by 10-wickets (SL 520/8d; Ind 276 and 338 f/o)
2nd Test at Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo, Jul 26-30, 2010, Match drawn (SL 642/4d and 129/3d; Ind 707)
3rd Test at P Sara Oval, Colombo, Aug 03-07, 2010, India won by 5-wickets (SL 425 and 267; IND 436 and 258/5)
Result Sri Lanka 1, India 1, Drawn 1
1st Test at Galle International Stadium, Aug 12-16, Sri Lanka won by 63 runs (SL 183 and 367; India 375 and 112)
2nd Test at P Sara Oval, Colombo, Aug 20-24, India won by 278 runs (Ind 393 and 325/8d; 306 and 134)
3rd Test at SSC, Colombo, Aug 28-Sep 1, India won by 117 runs (Ind 312 and 274; SL 201 and 268)
Result India 2, Sri Lanka 1
Overall Test Records (Since 1982)
2.1985Sri Lanka3-12
5.1993Sri Lanka31-2
7.1997Sri Lanka2--2
9.1998/99Asian Test Championship1--1
10.2001Sri Lanka312-
122008/09Sri Lanka312-
14.2010/11Sri Lanka3111
15.2015/16Sri Lanka321-

  • Sanath Jayasuriya remains the only Sri Lankan batsman to score a triple hundred and also the only batsman in Sri Lanka-India Test series. Jayawardene is the only Sri Lankan batsman to score double hundreds on two occasions.
  • Virender Sehwag is the only Indian batsman to score double hundreds on two occasions - 293 in 2009 and 201* at Galle in Jul 2008. Sehwag's 293 is the highest individual score by an Indian batsman against Lanka.
  • Sachin Tendulkar has scored eight hundreds which is not only the Indian record for most hundreds against Sri Lanka but also a record in Sri Lanka-India Test series. MS Dhoni is the lone Indian wicket-keeper to score two hundreds against Sri Lanka.
  • Muttiah Muralidaran of Sri Lanka {97}, A Kumble of India {74} and Harbhajan Singh of India {50} are the three bowlers who have captured fifty plus wickets in India-Sri Lanka Test series.
  • There are three occasions of a Sri Lankan bowler capturing ten or more wickets against India. 11 for 110 by Muralitharan in 2008, 11 for 196 by Muralidaran in 2001 and 10 for 209 by Mendis in 2008.
  • Rangana Herath returned with figures of 240 runs in 53 overs to be the most expensive bowling figures in terms of runs conceded by a Sri Lankan bowler against India.
  • Mohammad Azharuddin of India with 27 catches and Hasan Tilakaratne of Sri Lanka with 16 catches hold the record for most number of catches by a Indian fieldsman and by an Sri Lankan fieldsman respectively in Sri Lanka-India Tests.
  • SAR Silva of Sri Lanka with 22 dismissals and Nayan Mongia of India with 18 dismissals hold the record for most dismissals by a Sri Lankan wicket-keeper and by an Indian wicket-keeper respectively in Sri Lanka-India Tests.
  • Sri Lankan batsmen have posted 33 three-figure partnerships against India. 576 runs for the second-wicket between Sanath Jayasuriya and Roshan Mahanama in 1997 represent the highest three figure partnership against India.
  • Indian batsmen have posted 43 three-figure partnerships against Sri Lanka. 272 runs for the sixth-wicket between Azharuddin and Kapil Dev in 1996 represent the highest three figure partnership against Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Vs India Galle First Test Match July 26-30,2017 -  Preview 

The Galle International Stadium has not been a happy ground for India.
 They have often made all the wrong headlines here - they were at the receiving end of Muttiah Muralitharan's tryst with destiny when he claimed his 800th Test wicket here, almost exactly seven years ago.
 Then, in 2015, the new-look Team India, with Virat Kohli at the helm, collapsed for just 112 runs on Day 4 while chasing a 176-run target. A certain Rangana Herath took seven wickets that time around. Now, he will be leading Sri Lanka, at least for the Galle Test.
But then things changed. India came back from behind to win the next two Tests, both played at Colombo, by 278 runs and 117 runs respectively, to begin a streak of series wins for Kohli and his side, which is unabated since.
India have in fact won only one Test at Galle, in 2008 under the captaincy of Anil Kumble, before losing three consecutive matches. 
So you could look at Galle with a little apprehension, or with anticipation. 
Maybe India will set their record here straight this time around.
Combining the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, India have lost only one out of 23 Tests (against Australia at Pune) since that defeat in Galle.

Sri Lanka Vs India First Test @ Galle - Day One Wednesday July 26,2017

India won the toss and chose to bat first


Sri Lanka

 Dimuth Karunaratne, Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, Angelo Mathews, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella(w), Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath(c), Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep


Shikhar Dhawan, Abhinav Mukund, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami.

Test Debut - Hardik Pandya(India)
Hardik Pandya became the 289th Indian player to get a Test cap. He is the second player to make his debut in Test cricket this year after Kuldeep Yadav played his first Test against Australia in Dharamsala.

At Lunch India 115/1 after 27 overs with Shikhar Dhawan 64* and Cheteshwar Pujara 37*

India 399/3  at the close of play with Tons by Shikhar Dhawan 190 and Cheteshwar Pujara 144*
Abhinav Mukund                  12(26 Balls 4x2)
Shikhar Dhawan                 190(168 Balls 4x31)-5th Test Ton
Virat Kohli                              03(8 Balls)
Cheteshwar Pujara             144*(247 Balls 4x12)-12th Test Ton
Ajinkya Rahane                     39*(94 Balls 4x1)

A batting paradise, a pedestrian bowling attack and one of the most picturesque stadiums in the world. Shikhar Dhawan couldn’t have asked for a better setting to make a return to Test cricket. Dropped after the home series against New Zealand in October 2016, it required Murali Vijay to suffer a wrist injury for Dhawan to get picked for the series against Sri Lanka. And on Wednesday he showed why he is one of the most destructive batsman in world cricket on his day as India ended the opening day on 399/3 at the Galle International Stadium, thanks largely to Dhawan’s blistering knock of 190.

Sri Lanka’s mediocre bowling attack and Asela Gunaratne gifting Dhawan a life on 31 can take nothing away from his scintillating knock. He cut, he pulled, he drove and he flicked with equal elan. More importantly, he picked the singles whenever the Sri Lankan bowlers bowled a decent delivery to ensure that the hosts could never really pile the pressure. With Cheteshwar Pujara (144*) providing the solidarity from one end, it almost looked like Dhawan had the license to kill as the two put on 253 for the second wicket after Abhinav Mukund once again failed to grab the opportunity at the top, managing just 12 on a wicket which offered nothing to the bowlers.

At stumps, it was Ajinkya Rahane (39) giving Pujara company with Nuwan Pradeep returning with the best figures for Sri Lanka (3/64). India’s run-rate did dip once Pradeep sent back Dhawan and Virat Kohli (3) on either side of the tea break, but with Pujara looking to camp at the crease, there was no way that India would lose the advantage grabbed in the first two sessions by Dhawan.

In fact, Dhawan beat India’s most prolific opener Virender Sehwag on Wednesday as he hit 111 runs in the post lunch session. Sehwag had managed to score 108 against South Africa in Chennai in 2008 and 109 against Pakistan in Lahore in 2006. Interestingly, the record for most runs for India in the second session belonged to Polly Umrigar for scoring 110 runs against West Indies at the Port of Spain in 1962.

The beauty of Dhawan’s innings on Wednesday had to be the ease with which he moved in the crease. While he was decisive with his footwork against the pacers, he was quick to jump down the track every time the spinners came on to bowl. 

In fact, Dhawan’s footwork had the precision of a surgeon and even the experienced Sri Lanka stand-in skipper Rangana Herath couldn’t stop the flow of runs as Dhawan would first step down the track and hit Herath on the full and then hold back and wait for the left-arm spinner to pitch it short so that he could bring out the cut. Herath ended the day with an economy rate of 3.83, after going over 4 in the first two sessions of the day.

Pujara on the other hand look unperturbed as he went about his job, picking the singles and doubles and pouncing on the bad deliveries. In fact, even though he looked like a slow coach in front of the swashbuckling Dhawan, Pujara hit his 16th fifty of his career off 80 balls.

Such was Dhawan’s domination that the Lankans would rue Gunaratne dropping him at second slip when the left-hander edged Lahira Kumara trying to drive the pacer on the up. Not only did Gunaratne drop the sitter, he also ended up fracturing his left thumb and will no longer take part in the Galle Test.

There were just two phases in the whole day when the Lankans held the edge but failed to grab the opportunity. While the first one came when Dhawan was dropped, the second came after Kohli was dimissed by Pradeep as Dickwella completed a good catch down the leg side.

While the umpire had initially given it not out, Herath went for a review and replays showed a clear knick as the ball landed in Dickwella’s gloves. With Rahane known to be a shaky starter, it was the perfect chance for Herath’s boys to get back into the game. But they failed to do that and let the moment slip and the end result was Rahane settling down to play perfect fiddle to Pujara who looks set to trouble the Lankan bowlers again when the umpires call play on the second morning

Day One Highlights

ShikharDhawan’s brilliant 168-ball knock comprising 31 fours saw several records fall. Here is a list of records eclipsed.
190 - Shikhar Dhawan’s highest individual score in Test cricket. His previous highest was 187, scored on debut against Australia in Mohali in 2013. This is his third 150-plus score in Tests.

126 - Number of runs scored by Shikhar Dhawan in the session between lunch and tea. This is the fourth highest number of runs scored by any batsman in the second session of play. England batsman Denis Compton tops the list with 173 runs in one session against Pakistan in 1954 at Old Trafford, Manchester. That is followed by 150 by England’s Wally Hammond against New Zealand in Auckland in 1932/33. Australia’s Stan McCabe smashed 127 runs, against England in Trent Bridge in 1938
2 - Dhawan’s 126 runs in a session is the second most by an Indian batsman in Tests. Virender Sehwag smashed 133 in a session during the 2009 Test against Sri Lanka at the Brabourne stadium, Mumbai, in an innings where he blasted 293 runs.

3 - Shikhar Dhawan’s 190 is the third-highest individual score by an Indian in Tests in Sri Lanka. Sachin Tendulkar tops the list with 203 at the SSC ground, Colombo in 2010 followed by Sehwag’s 201 in Galle in 2008.

5 - Shikhar Dhawan has the joint fifth-highest individual score by a visiting batsmen in Tests at Galle. 
Chris Gayle’s 333 is on top while Sehwag and Mushfiqur Rahim are the other batsmen to hit double centuries at this seaside venue.
 Dhawan’s 190 equals the individual Bangladesh batsman Mohammad Ashraful’s knock in 2013.

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