Ind vs SL: Can Team India gift an away Test win on Independence Day

first_imgOn Saturday morning, Team India led by Shikhar Dhawan and nightwatchman Ishant Sharma, will be looking forward to register their team’s first away win in an year and 25 days.The visitors have to score 176 runs on a day four wicket in Galle, which will be the highest target achieved in the international cricket stadium, if chased. India, led by their young captain, Virat Kohli looked positive right from Day 1 and are now in a good position to win a match on the country’s Independence Day. India were in a commanding position till yesterday until Dinesh Chandimal bailed his team out by scoring an unbeaten 162. However, the tourists stand a good chance of winning the Test if they bat positively.Tricky conditionsThe pitch has become slow and the odds are favouring the Indian batsmen. But the cracks and rough patches on the 22-yards, if used well by the Lankan spinners, can create trouble. Rangana Herath already displayed what he was up to in the second innings when he trapped Indian opener Lokesh Rahul lbw in the evening session on Day 3.But after a strong batting display in the first innings, Indians are expected to chase down the record-total.South African star Jonty Rhodes, in Galle, has suggested aggressive, Chandimal-like innings from Indian batsmen. Aggression helps, but these men, here have time. They can do it whichever way they want. Adapting to conditions and batting accordingly can be Team India’s gift to the country on the special day.last_img

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