Cricket Betting: India vs Sri Lanka Test Series Preview

November 15, 2017 by Posted in Cricket Tips

Kohli ChandimalIndia will get a chance to extend their home dominance when they welcome neighbours Sri Lanka for a three-match Test series starting November 16th. As the hosts look to add to their eight consecutive Test series wins, Sri Lanka will hope to build on the positives of a recent 2-0 win over Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.

The series is vital for the two captains, for contrasting reasons. A 3-0 whitewash will make Indian captain Virat Kohli the second-most successful Indian Test captain of all time. He currently has 19 wins out of 29 Tests.
For Dinesh Chandimal, the series provides a chance at redemption after attributing the series win against Pakistan to witchcraft. However, he will have to make history on these shores as Sri Lanka have never won a Test match in India (10 losses in 17 matches).

India will have eye on South Africa series

Bigger challenges await India as they get ready for the Safari tour early next year. That’s probably why their marquee all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been rested keeping in mind his work load. Kohli will also look to zero down on his first-choice spin bowling option, alongwith the third seam option in the playing XI.

But all that can wait as India have a series to play for and taking Sri Lanka lightly could be detrimental. One huge positive for the hosts is that most of their Test regulars have been lining up for their Ranji sides.
Can the visitors improve their performances?

Sri Lanka have huge baggage in India – eight of their 10 defeats have been by an innings while the other two have been by excess of 180 runs. Sri Lanka’s average first-innings score in India is 251, which is way below-par in India where tall first-innings scores are the norm.

But who will bell the cat? Barring Dimuth Karunaratne (average of 39.13 since August 2014) and Chandimal (39.89), none of the batsmen have been able to hold their own. The duo will once again be the key, together with Angelo Mathews who will line up as a specialist batsman.

Key players

India’s propensity to make heroes out of left-handed opening tourists is legendary. Karunaratne could play his cards wisely and end up being a key player for the visitors.

Ashwin hasn’t played any international cricket since August which should make him hungrier for wickets. He is eight short of 300 and will twirl his fingers in anticipation of the left-handers in the Sri Lankan line-up. Another ‘man-of-the-series’?

Betting Tips

India look a sure thing to win this series. There isn’t a lot of value in the series betting market, however you can back them to win the 1st Test at $1.51 at CrownBet.

The silent consistency of Cheteswar Pujara makes him one of the most feared Test batsman of this generation. With an eye on making 1,000 calendar runs for the first time this year, Pujara could end up scoring the most runs this series. You can take him to be India’s top run scorer in the 1st innings at $4.00 at CrownBet.

And if you’re tempted to back Ashwin to have a big series, then can back him to be India’s leading wicket taker in the 1st innings at odds of $2.60 at CrownBet.


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