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Will Sri Lanka gamble on result-oriented SSC deck in Colombo Test vs India?

Sri Lanka, who lost the opening Test in Galle by 304 runs, might gamble on a result-oriented deck in the next Test match in Colombo versus India as they aim to square the series.

india vs sri lanka 2017 Updated: Jul 31, 2017 21:08 IST
Sanjjeev K Samyal
Sanjjeev K Samyal
Hindustan Times, Colombo
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Sri Lanka suffered their heaviest Test defeat during the first game at Galle against India and they will be aiming to square the series.(REUTERS)

The last time India played at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) ground, in 2015, the wicket helped the pacers all through the match. It resulted in a pulsating match with India winning by a close margin. While that track was tailormade for result, its basic nature is batting-friendly.

On Monday, two days before the start of the second Test, the SSC wicket had a grass covering. However, if the hosts decide to go for a normal SSC wicket, then the grass will likely be shaved off. There was no official word yet, and the nature of the track will depend on the instructions from the home team. According to an SSC player, the wicket has been full of runs this season.

In the first Test, the Sri Lankan team betrayed a defensive mindset and had gone for a completely flat track. It was obvious that they were focused on giving themselves the best chance to draw the opener against a strong Indian team.

With a game down, it remains to be seen if the home team will take the gamble of making a result-oriented track like they had for the 2015 contest at the SSC. Sri Lanka’s dilemma is that India have a superior pace and spin attack.

Beaten by 304 runs in the opening game, Sri Lanka will be boosted by the return of captain Dinesh Chadimal.

Chandimal, who had missed the first Test due to illness, has been training at their facility at R Premadasa Stadium for the last three days and had checked into the team hotel on Sunday.

First Published: Jul 31, 2017 21:08 IST