Virat Kohli expresses wish ahead of first Test against Sri Lanka

Thursday, 27 Jul, 2017

Since that victory over Sri Lanka, India have beaten South Africa, West Indies, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia, and all but one of those have been at home, it can not take away from the fact that this is a wonderfully-balanced team, one that knows how to win Test matches. Virat Kohli has been unbeaten after 7-series as the test captain. KL Rahul and Kohli scored half-centuries while Rahane, Rohit Sharma and Dhawan retired after scoring around 40 runs each. Chesteshwar Pujara was 75 not out off 135 balls with Virat Kohli on 1, the second session producing 167 runs at almost six an over.

However, Dhawan fell ten runs short of what could have been his maiden double ton.

While Dhawan was in the thirties, Asela Gunaratne dropped a catch at second slip and hurt his already heavily strapped left wrist.

Shikhar Dhawan roared back into Test form and have made a tremendous effort to reclaim the Test opener's slot. In other matches, he has scored 804 runs in 24 innings at average of 34.95 with one century. Herath (0-92) finally came on to bowl in the 19th over, but the batsmen had an easy time until lunch, bringing up India's 100-mark in the 25th over. It's not in my control, I have done everything I can to get back. Though they narrowly won the test match against the same team, they will need to pull up their socks against India, who sit on top of the ICC rankings for Tests.

Left-handed batsman Danushka Gunathilaka makes his Test debut for Sri Lanka.

Dhawan opened the innings with Abhinav Mukund (12) and the two batsmen didn't have enough partnership.

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India vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Day 1: Live updates, Live score, Live streaming: Well, India vs. Sri Lanka's first test match of the series is starting from today both teams are very excited for this whole series. Sri Lanka, however, is always formidable in its own backyard even though it is somewhat of a pale shadow of the team that surged forward when populated by the likes of Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Muttiah Muralitharan.

India will be missing KL Rahul, who is down with viral fever.

Indian squad: Shikhar Dhawan, Abhinav Mukund, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya, Wriddhiman Saha (w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami.

Dhawan toyed with the toothless Sri Lankan attack, once hitting new skipper Rangana Herath for two boundaries on the trot. They also play a very good cricket.

Sri Lanka will miss Chandimal in the first test due to him contracting pneumonia, and his absence could prove crucial for the home side.