The Sri Lankan skipper Dinesh Chandimal have won the toss and elected to bat first in the second Test match of Paytm series between India and Sri Lanka.
Kohli: “The first session should offer something to the quicks. Not a good grass covering as such, some cracks, but it should do something. We would have batted first to test ourselves. The toss isn’t under your control. The pitch tends to slow down as the game progresses. If the batsmen plan, they can get runs. Bowlers can also get wickets here. Looks like a pretty good pitch. Shami has a niggle, so Ishant comes in. Rohit comes in for Bhuvneshwar while Murali Vijay replaces Dhawan.”
Chandimal: “We will bat. Looks like a good Test pitch and we have to make the maximum out of this. There’s grass cover but it’s dry underneath. We played good cricket in the first Test apart from the last session, so we have chatted about how to bat in the second innings. We’re playing the same team.“
India (Playing XI): Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma
Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal(c), Niroshan Dickwella(w), Dasun Shanaka, Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Gamage