In the first Test of the two-match series, India would face Sri Lanka at Mohali. The Indians have an excellent home record over the last five years and will look to dominate the proceedings from the start. Sri Lanka has a strong bowling attack and will rely on it to win this game.
The Indians have a great record at this stadium and haven’t lost a game there since 1994. It will take a lot of guts for the Sri Lankans to win this game against the Indians. In recent years, Sri Lanka’s batsmen have struggled against quality bowling, so it will be interesting to see how they approach this game.
The game between the two teams will take place on March 4th, 2022 at Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali.
Match Details to Note
Match: India vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test Match, Sri Lanka Tour of India, 2022
Date: March 04, 2022 (Friday)
Time: 9:30 AM IST
Venue: Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali
India vs Sri Lanka Team Previews
In this game, Rohit Sharma will make his debut as the full-time captain of the Indian Test team. He’d be brimming with confidence after thrashing the Sri Lankans in the T20 series. They have a strong batting lineup, and Sharma wants his team to play their natural game and take an early lead in the series.
Sharma and Mayank Agarwal will bat first in this game because KL Rahul is out due to injury. As the Lankans have a quick pace attack, they would look to see off the new ball. Shreyas Iyer is expected to bat at No. 3 and would like to continue his form from the T20 series. Virat Kohli hasn’t been in great form, and he’ll be looking to put that right here with Rishabh Pant at No. 5. Hanuma Vihari, Ravindra Jadeja, and Ravichandran Ashwin round out the batting lineup.
Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami have been in excellent form in the last two years and will look to strike early in this game. Mohammad Siraj has shown promise, and the team would like him to perform well at home. The conditions here are likely to suit Jadeja and Ashwin. Vihari gives the side a bowling option, making it a very strong attack.
Rohit Sharma (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Priyank Panchal, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill, R Pant, KS Bharat, Ravichandran Ashwin (subject to fitness), Ravindra Jadeja, Jayant Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, J Bumrah (vc), Mohammad Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Saurabh Kumar
Predicted XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hanuma Vihari, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravi Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj
Dimuth Karunaratne’s team performed admirably against the West Indies in their most recent home series. This, however, would be a new challenge for them. Over the last decade, their record against the Indians in this format has not been encouraging. To beat the mighty Indians in their own backyard, the team would have to play outside their comfort zone.
Dimuth Karunaratne has performed well in recent series and will look to establish a good opening wicket stand with Lahiru Thirimanne. Kusal Mendis must deliver after squandering opportunities in the previous series. They have experienced players in the middle order in Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal and would like to see them deliver. Pathum Nissanka and Dhananjaya de Silva are also expected to contribute.
Suranga Lakmal and Dushmantha Chameera will need to strike early against an Indian top order that is very strong. It will be interesting to see how well they use the new ball in the conditions. Lasith Embuldeniya and Jeffrey Vandersay will have to make good use of their variations. Dhananjaya de Silva is also expected to deliver strong spells for the team.
Sri Lanka Squad
Dimuth Karunaratne (captain), Pathum Nissanka, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dhananjaya de Silva (vc), Kusal Mendis*, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Charith Asalanka, Niroshan Dickwella, Chamika Karunaratne, Ramesh Mendis – will not take part due to an injury, Lahiru Kumara, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando, Jeffrey Vandersay, Praveen Jayawickrema, Lasith Embuldeniya
Predicted XI: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Dushmantha Chameera, Suranga Lakmal, Jeffrey Vandersay, Lasith Embuldeniya
India vs Sri Lanka Toss Prediction
The wicket is expected to be suitable for batting on the first two days, with batting conditions becoming more difficult as the game progresses. Chasing a run in the fourth inning would be difficult. As a result, the team that wins the toss in this game will not hesitate to bat first.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
Bat and ball competition has been fierce at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali. At this venue, batsmen who see off the new ball have done well. At the start of the game, the track is known for providing fast bowlers with swing and seam movement. When the wicket breaks down and the ball grips the surface, spinners shine.
Clear skies are predicted over Mohali beginning March 3, and the conditions are expected to be favourable for batting on the first two days of the game. Bowlers have also done well in the morning sessions because there is assistance available. The average first innings score at the venue is 355 runs, and the team batting first would be happy to reach that mark.
India vs Sri Lanka Match Prediction
Sri Lanka comes into this match fresh off a series victory over the West Indies. Beating India in India, on the other hand, would be a different storey. Their batsmen would have to rise to the occasion against India’s potent bowling attack. In the last five years, the Indians have only lost one game at home. They have a strong batting lineup and a strong spin attack. With all bases covered, the Indians will be considered favourites to win this game.
India is the favourite to beat Sri Lanka at the odds of 1.13.
- In the last six years, India has won six of the last eight games between the two teams and drawn two others.
- The Indian team has won four consecutive games in Mohali and has not lost a Test match there since 1994.
- Sri Lanka hasn’t won a Test match against a higher-ranked team since 2017-18, putting additional pressure on them.