Series: TEST MATCH, 2022
Match: 1st match, IND VS SL
Team: India VS Sri Lanka
Venue: Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali.
Time: March 3, 2022, 9:30 am
Live: Sony Sports Network.
Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali.
The Mohali venue hasn’t hosted a Test match in recent years. Ravindra Jadeja was named Player of the Match for his four-wicket haul, indicating that spinners will be used as the tournament develops. The track is especially well-known for assisting fast bowlers.
Pitch & Condition
The pitch is expected to be a batter’s paradise, as many runs could be scored in the first two innings. On the other hand, the surface could wear down in the closing days, when the spinners will be used. Both teams have quality spinners who can cause significant harm.
The par score is expected to be in the range of 170-180.
For the time being, there is no prospect of rain. The weather will be hot, with temperatures hovering around 32 degrees Celsius.
The pitch is expected to be favourable for batting on the first two days, with batting conditions becoming more difficult as the game proceeds. It would be difficult to chase a score in the fourth innings.
According to toss prediction, India will win the toss and bat first.
Point Table Analysis
India enters the series following a 2-1 loss in South Africa. They made some risky moves by benching their senior players for the series. They are in the centre of the WTC point table, and they need to win practically all of their remaining Tests to qualify for the finals.
Sri Lanka leads the WTC point table, but they have only played two matches so far. Their real test begins now, and they will undoubtedly start as underdogs in this series. Both of these teams have shown promise in this format over the last year or two, and this encounter looks to be thrilling.
Recent Form (L to R)
India – L L W W D
Sri Lanka – W W W D D
Head to Head (Last 5 Matches)
Total Matches Played- 5
India won- 3
Sri Lanka won- 0
Sharma and Mayank Agarwal will bat first because KL Rahul is out due to injury. As the Lankans have a quick pace attack, they would see off the new ball. Shreyas Iyer is expected to bat at No. 3 and continue his form from the T20 series. Virat Kohli hasn’t been in excellent condition, 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.
Over the last two years, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami have been in excellent form, and they will look to attack early in this encounter. Mohammad Siraj has shown promise, and the team would like to see him perform well at home. The conditions are likely to suit Jadeja and Ashwin, and Vihari gives the side a bowling option, making it a formidable attack.
Top players to bet on- Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Shami.
Dimuth Karunaratne has performed admirably in the recent series, and he will look to establish a strong opening wicket partnership with Lahiru Thirimanne. After missing out on opportunities in the previous series, Kusal Mendis must produce. They have seasoned middle-order players in Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal, and we’d like to see them make. Pathum Nissanka and Dhananjaya de Silva are also expected to contribute to the team.
The Indians’ top order is quite formidable, so Suranga Lakmal and Dushmantha Chameera will need to attack early. It will be interesting to watch how successfully they utilise the new ball in these conditions. Lasith Embuldeniya and Jeffrey Vandersay will have to make excellent use of their variety. Dhananjaya de Silva is also expected to deliver solid stints for the team.
Top players to bet on – Dimuth Karunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal, Jeffrey Vandersay.
Hanuma Vihari, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravi Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant.
Dushmantha Chameera, Suranga Lakmal, Jeffrey Vandersay, Lasith Embuldeniya, Dimuth Karunaratne, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dinesh Chandimal.
Dream 11 Prediction
Over the previous four years, India has been a dominant power, particularly in domestic situations. Sri Lanka hasn’t won a Test match on Indian territory in 40 years, and a victory will take a superhuman effort. India is the clear favourite to win the Test match.