India and Sri Lanka will battle against each other in the Test series after the T20I series which India won 3-0. However, India vs Sri Lanka Test series will consist of two matches. The IND vs SL 1st Test will kickstart on March 4 (Friday). The venue of the clash is "IS Bindra Stadium" in Mohali. India has already won the T20I series against Sri Lanka after winning the opening two games.
India will also aim to defeat Sri Lanka in the Test series so as to better its standings in ICC World Test Championship 2021-23 points table. Rohit Sharma is the new Test skipper for India and will lead the team in the IND vs SL Test series. Here we talk about India's predicted playing XI for the first Test against Sri Lanka.
Match: India vs Sri Lanka – 1st Test
Venue: Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali.
Date & Time: 4th March 2022 at 9:30 AM (IST)
Where to Watch Live: Star Sports Network & Disney+Hotstar.
Pitch Report: A total of 13 tests have been played here on this ground. Out of 13, India has won seven, lost one, and five of them ended in a draw. Mohali's pitch offers assistance to the pacers in the initial overs, but it supports the spinners overall as the game goes on. It is a typical Indian wicket.
The average 1st innings score at this ground is 355 runs, whereas the 4th innings score is 129 runs. Both sides would prefer to bat first on winning the toss in Mohali. Sachin Tendulkar has scored the most runs on this ground, whereas Anil Kumble is the highest wicket-taker.
Matches Played (Test): 16
Won by India: 9
Won by Sri Lanka: 3
After India's white-wash over Sri Lanka in the T20Is, the focus shifts to a couple of Tests ahead. This is an important series for both teams as 24 points of the World Test Championship are up for grabs. However, this is the 2nd World Test Championship cycle(2021-23).
It will be Rohit Sharma's first test match as a captain of team India in red-ball cricket. Meanwhile, it is also Virat Kohli's 100th Test for India as Mohai gear-ups for an exciting contest.
The Sri Lankan team will definitely look to give a tough fight to the home team as they lost the T20I series last week. Angelo Mathews will give a boost to his team with his immense experience in international cricket. Moreover, Lankan skipper Dimuth Karunaratne is also in good touch since the last year that will definitely challenge the home side.
Dimuth Karunaratne (C)
Dhananjaya de Silva
Dinesh Chandimal (wk)
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You must change your team if any of these players aren't announced in the starting lineup.