The second and final Test between India and Sri Lanka is set for March 12th at 2:00 p.m. local time. After thrashing Sri Lanka by an innings and 222 runs, the hosts have taken a 1-0 lead.
The second Test will serve as a litmus test for Sri Lanka. They haven’t won any of the last nine Tests against India. With 65 points and a percentage win of 54.16, Sri Lanka has dropped to third place in the ICC Test Championship 2021-23, while India has moved up to fifth place with 65 points and a percentage win of 54.16.
The game between the two teams will take place on March 12th, 2022 at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
Match Details to Note
Match: India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test Match, Sri Lanka Tour of India, 2022
Date: March 12, 2022 (Saturday)
Time: 2:00 PM IST
Venue: M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
India vs Sri Lanka Team Previews
After a stunning performance by the starting eleven, Rohit Sharma will be able to get a good night’s sleep. In addition, he now has 13 victories in 13 matches in all formats under his captaincy. He will bat first for India, alongside Mayank Agarwal. In the first Test, the pair combined for 52 runs. It appears that these two will score more runs in the second Test.
Hanuma Vihari’s 58-run innings was flawless. If India decides to keep Cheteshwar Pujara out for an extended period of time, he will be the ideal candidate to take third place. Virat Kohli played some beautiful cover drives to commemorate his 100th Test, but he fell short of a deserving half-century. It’ll be interesting to see if he can get his 71st century in the second Test. The wait has now lasted more than two years.
After India was reduced to 228 for the loss of five wickets, Rishabh Pant kept the scoreboard running. He now has 5 90-plus scores, a record he does not want to break. Pnt will be joined in the middle order by Shreyas Iyer.
The Ravis (Jadeja and Ashwin) will continue to be all-rounders for a longer period of time. The pair scored 236 runs and took 15 wickets to hand the visitors a crushing defeat. In addition, Jadeja has now won three players of the match awards in the four tests he has played at Mohali.
The pace attack will be led by Jaspreet Bumrah and Mohammed Shami. India’s only possible change would be to replace Jayant Yadav with Axar Patel. Yadav didn’t have much to say in the first Test. However, the expected change is minimal because Axar will be joining after a one-year hiatus.
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
When it comes to facing India in India, Sri Lanka has no options. They had it in hand after dismissing half of the Indian batting order for 228 runs. But Jadeja’s comeback took everything away from them. Sri Lanka entered the first Test match on a six-match winning streak. After such a humiliating defeat, it appears that they must forget everything.
Sri Lanka’s main concern was batting. Their key players did not wait long enough to put up a fight. Sri Lankan captain Karunaratne may play with the same team. He’ll start with Lahiru Thirimanne. In the two innings, they each contributed 29 percent of the team’s total. Pathum Nisaanka was the only player who stood out in the first inning. Sri Lanka will give him more chances at number three based on his 61 runs.
Someone needs to ask Angelo Matthews what he’s doing playing eleven. The all-rounder is not a bowler. In both innings, he got out by playing sluggish shots. In the second game, Chamika Karunaratne or Dinesh Chandimal could be an ideal replacement for Matthews.
Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, and Nisrosha Dickwella will bear a lot of responsibility for strengthening the middle order. Sri Lanka can actually hope to draw the Test if any two of these players anchor the innings.
With the addition of Lasith Emdudeniya, Sri Lanka will gain one more spinner. Spinners took 60% of the wickets in the first Test and should be the focus of Sri Lanka’s future strategy. Sri Lanka’s pace attack will be led by Suaranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, and Vishwa Fernando. Sri Lanka should not rely on their lower-order batsmen to score runs. In the first Test, six of the eight players went out on a duck.
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
In their last seven victories over Sri Lanka, India has batted first. The team that wins the toss bats first.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The weather can be divided into two distinct phases: before and after sunset. When compared to the first two sessions, the ball is expected to behave differently in the final session. While the first session is expected to be favourable for batting, as the sun sets, fast bowlers may benefit.
Consider the pink-ball scenario. One of the first things that come to mind when we think of testing is the dew factor. Bowlers struggle to grip the ball in places where dew settles late in the evening, while batsmen must contend with less bounce and a skidding ball.
India vs Sri Lanka Match Prediction
One cannot have any doubts about India at home. They have won ten of the last twelve Tests. All four of their most recent victories over Sri Lanka have been by innings. To be honest, Sri Lanka has no idea how to win Tests in India. Anyone with even a rudimentary understanding of cricket can predict that India will win the second Test.
India is the favourite to beat Sri Lanka at the odds of 1.08.
- India is aiming for its 15th consecutive home Test series victory.
- Seven of the last nine Tests between India and Sri Lanka have been won by India. The remaining two games have ended in a tie.
- Sri Lanka has yet to win a Test match in India (after 21 Tests).