India vs. Sri Lanka- Will India maintain their spotless record?

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The Sri Lanka Cricket team have never won a Test match in the Indian soil in the last 2 decades.

Under their new captain, Kumara Sangakkara, they are working hard to wipe away this blemish. To further their ambition, they have a highly potent bowling attack.

The Sri Lanka team are also a much better than the Indian cricket team when it comes to fielding.

Added to this is the fact that the Sri Lanka cricket team is the second ranked team, behind the Australian in ICC Test rankings.

Undoubtedly, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his team mates will have to play very hard to stave off this challenge.

However, to achieve their objective the Sri Lanka team have to bat to their potential.

For it is their batting that invariably falls short in comparison. The Sri Lanka batsmen have always promised much, but failed to deliver on overseas tours. Barring, Sangakkara, the other batsmen have woeful records in away matches.

The Indian cricket team have their own woes to overcome.

For starters, this Test series is the first they are playing since last April. The Indian cricketers have to settle quickly into the Test cricket mode and also overcome the ODI series defeat against the Australians.

The batting has an unsettled look with an over dependence on the explosiveness of Virender Sehwag.

Similarly, the Indian bowling attack has all the makings of revolving door. The pace attack have a couple of bowlers who are making their way back from injuries.

The thinking that Harbhajan Singh is waning and his worth to the team appears to be his ability to rile the opposition has gained credence.

In short, both teams have the capability but the series win depends on whom will play well in the 1st Test match.

The 3 test series is too short to recover lost ground for both the teams. Hence the 1st Test that starts  at the Motera on Monday could well decide the series.

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