India Tour of Sri Lanka: Home team ready to unleash their spinners on Shikhar Dhawan & co, check out

India Tour of Sri Lanka: Home team ready to unleash their spinners on Shikhar Dhawan & co, check out
India Tour of Sri Lanka: Home team ready to unleash their spinners on Shikhar Dhawan & co, check out

India tour of Sri Lanka – Spin the ‘buzz word’ in Sri Lanka Camp: Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, and Wanindu Hasaranga – Indian cricket fans & Shikhar Dhawan led Indian cricket team players have hardly heard these names – but if the home team think-tank is to be believed, they can be the trump cards for the Sri Lanka team vs India in the 3 Match ODI & 3 game T20 Series.

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India tour of Sri Lanka – IND vs SL LIVE 1st ODI: The entire thrust of 2 hour training session on Thursday was on spin attack of Sri Lanka. Coach Mickey Arthur was seen spending most of the time with the Sri Lanka’s spinners. The home team management feels spin-attack will be their trump card to counter attacking Indian T20 stars.

“Spin has always been our strength. Though little short in experience, this spin attack of ours can trouble India this series”, declared SLC’s Technical Committee Chairman & former World Cup winner Aravinda DeSilva to a local news platform.

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The same attack was brutally dismissed by the England batsman in just concluded series but DeSilva feels all that can change when they bowl on their own wickets.

“Wickets in Colombo will favor their kind of bowling styles. Team management must be giving them all confidence that they should do well against India”, concluded DeSilva.

Sri-Lanka Spinners Performance in England

Player Matches Innings Overs Runs Economy Wickets
Praveen Jayawickrama

 

1 ODI 1 1 7 7 0
Akila Dananjaya 2T20Is 2 5.1 53 10.25 0
Lakshan Sandakan 1 T20I 1 4 28 7 0
Wanindu Hasaranga 3 ODIs

 

3 T20Is

2

 

3

14

 

11

72

 

 

5.14

 

6.72

1

 

2

 

India tour of Sri Lanka – IND vs SL LIVE 1st ODI: – What’s so special about Sri Lanka spin attack, why they get better on Sri Lanka pitches?

The performance by the spinners in England draw completely blank for Lanka. Now, as the clash against India is in Colombo, the subcontinent venue which is likely to assist the spinners, Sri Lankan team is confident that spinners will surely deliver for them – check why?

Just check the case of Akila Dananjaya, another spinner with very unorthodox action. The Right arm off break bowler can also bowl leg breaks and has capability to deliver via his ambidextrous approach. As he travel outside Sri Lanka he comes across as a novice with bowling averages as high as 60 – give him the home conditions he bowls like a tiger with lot of guile.

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Akila Dananjaya’s bowling stats –
Overall – 36 Matches – 51 Wickets @ 29.52
Overseas – 17 Matches – 11 Wickets @ 60.1
In Sri Lanka – 19 Matches – 40 Wickets @ 20.57

Same is the case with Lakshan Sandakan. The Left arm wrist spinner in the mould of Kuldeep Yadav. His bowling averages drops to 75 in overseas conditions and at home the stats clearly shows huge improvement.

At home with his variations – he makes it difficult for batsman to score against him. His economy rate is 4 at home and 6.5 runs per over outside Sri Lanka.

Lakshan Sandakan Stats
Overall – 29 Matches – 25 Wickets @ 56.6
Overseas – 16 Matches – 12 Wickets @ 75.1
In Sri Lanka – 13 Matches – 13 Wickets @ 46 – economy rate comes down to 4 from 6.5 overseas

The other spinners in the squad Praveen Jayawickrama & Wanindu Hasaranga also improves their averages when bowling at home.

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Only time will tell if Sri Lankan spinners will have any impact on Indian batsman in their home conditions – but for now the Sri Lankan team management surely wants to use this home advantage to their advantage.

India tour of Sri Lanka – IND vs SL LIVE 1st ODI: A look at the revised timings and new schedule

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has announced revised timings for the 3-match ODIs and as many T20s against India. The series which had to be postponed by five days due to COVID-19 cases in the Sri Lanka camp will now be played from July 18.

Now, instead of 13th July, the 1st ODI will be played in Colombo’s R Premadasa Stadium on July 18 from 3 PM while the T20 matches will start from 8 PM July 25 onwards. All the matches will be broadcast live on Sony Sports Network channels and live-streamed on SonyLIV app OTT platform.

India’s tour of Sri Lanka, 2021 – ODI series: Timing 3 PM
S.No. Date Match Venue
1 18th July 1st ODI Colombo
2 20th July 2nd ODI Colombo
3 23rd July 3rd ODI Colombo
India’s tour of Sri Lanka, 2021 – T20I series: Timing 8 PM
S.No. Date Match Venue
1 25th July 1st T20I Colombo
2 27th July 2nd T20I Colombo
3 29th July 3rd T20I Colombo
 India tour of Sri Lanka – IND vs SL LIVE 1st ODI: 

India’s squad: Shikhar Dhawan (Captain), Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Nitish Rana, Ishan Kishan (Wicket-keeper), Sanju Samson (Wicket-keeper), Yuzvendra Chahal, Rahul Chahar, K Gowtham, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Vice-captain), Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Chetan Sakariya

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Net Bowlers: Ishan Porel, Sandeep Warrier, Arshdeep Singh, Sai Kishore, Simarjeet Singh

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