After winning their maiden T20 series against the New Zealand, Virat Kohli and co. is all set to welcome Sri Lankan. Sri Lanka arrived in Kolkata on Wednesday for 3 tests, 3 ODIs and 3 T20I matches.
It looks like Sri Lankan lions are in a mood to take revenge on the historic 9-0 whitewash earlier this year. However, one thing which they might not want to hear anymore is that Sri Lanka has never won a test match on Indian soil. So, it will also be interesting to watch whether they succeed in achieving their maiden test victory on Indian soil or keep the saga alive.
The first test match will be played at Eden Garden from November 16-November 20. Later, both the teams will shift to Nagpur for their 2nd test and finally to Delhi for the third and last test match. The ODI series will begin from December 10 with the first match scheduled in Dharamsala. Lankan’s seven weeks tour will end with the 3-match T20 series scheduled in Cuttack, Indore and Mumbai.
Match 1 – November 16-20 – Kolkata
Match 2 – November 24-28 – Nagpur
Match 3 – December 02- 06 – Delhi
Match 1 – December 10 – Dharamsala
Match 2 – December 13 – Mohali
Match 3 – December 17 – Vishakhapatnam
Match 1 – December 20 – Cuttack
Match 2 – December 22 – Nagpur
Match 3 – December 24 – Mumbai
Both the teams have named their squad. Murali Vijay, Cheteswar Pujara, KL Rahul, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha, Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Shami have been included in the squad. While Sri Lanka has dropped has Kusal Mendis and have brought Angelo Mathews back to the team. Right-handed opener Kaushal Silva has also been omitted from the squad.
Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvenshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami
Dinesh Chandimal(c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Dimuth Karunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Rangana Herath, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dilruwan Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Gamage, Vishwa Fernando, Roshen Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Niroshan Dickwella
India and Sri Lanka have faced each other in 38 test matches and Indian team has always proved to be a stronger side.
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Above all, the visitors must be planning to bid a farewell to 2017 with a victory. However, it won’t be that easy.