India are all ready to get back to business as they take on Sri Lanka in the second test of the three-match Test series, which kicks off on Thursday in Colombo.
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 19, 2015
After losing the first test in Galle by 63 runs, Team Blue looks to put things together and produce a dominant comeback in order stay in the series and have a shot to win it.
Ravi Shastri, who is the acting director of Indian Team, has shown optimism ahead of the Test match, saying that his team will neither change the style of play nor the mindset, but unlike the first Test won’t commit the mistake of walking the distance. “They are getting closer and for this team, it is a case of getting one on board. Then it will be the start of many,” he added.
Going in line with Shastri’s optimism would be the possible return of Murali Vijay who was out from the first Test due to his hamstring injury. Owing to his in-form, he might deservingly serve as the opener with Rohit Sharma possibly taking the No.3 slot. It will be a good substitute for the injured and ailing Shikhar Dhawan.
Shastri might rekindle trust on Cheteshwar Pujara as well after he was seen practicing in the nets alongside Vijay.
Nonetheless, more than the style of playing and physical fitness; mental strength is needed right now, as agreed leg-spinner Amit Mishra, who admitted that Indian Team’s batting side lacked aggression and positivity in Galle.
He added that all the mistakes that the team committed in the first Test will be worked on and improved because they’re “playing Test Cricket after a lengthy gap.”
Although young skipper Virat Kohli had some issues in Galle by changing bowlers over and over again, Mishra stood by his captain and explained that their intention behind making a bowler bowl not more than four or five overs was “to confuse the batsman,” in order to stop him from getting comfortable with one bowler.
The second test will mark a significant occurrence as Sri Lankan veteran batsman Kumar Sangakkara is all set to end his Test career with it. In his 15-year old Test career, he is the fastest in the cricket history to reach 8,000, 9,000, 11,000 and 12,000 runs as well as the joint fastest achiever of 10,000 runs.
Where to watch:
For those in India, the live telecast of the match will start from 10 am local time (10 am IST, 5.30 am BST, 12.30 am ET), and the same will be shown on Sony Six with English commentary and Sony Kix with Hindi commentary. The match will also be live streamed on Livesports.
US cricket fans can catch the match live on Willow TV or see the live streaming on Willow Online.
Sri Lankan audience who may not get the chance to catch the live action at the stadium can watch the match on Sony Six as well. This option is available to audience in other Indian subcontinent nations as well.