The India tour of Srilanka after going through some amendments is now set to go underway. The latest news from the Srilankan squad is that Kusal Perara will miss out the India series due to a shoulder injury. The Srilankan Players have come out of isolation after the reports turned out to be negative. The tour is set to begin from July 18 at the R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo and here are the ground’s ODI records and also this article covers the R Premadasa Stadium Pitch Report as well.
The 2nd string Indian Squad which is quite young would be looking forward to the start of the series. The Indian team has a newly appointed pair of coach and captain – Rahul Dravid and Shikhar Dhawan. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been appointed as the vice-captain.
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo ODI Records :
When it comes to the ODI Records of the R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, the ground is a low scoring venue. It can be seen from the records that the teams batting second generally suffer here. The average score of the teams batting second here is 195 which is quite low. Whereas, the 1st innings average score is seen to be 235 which is comparatively better.
Besides the average scores of both the innings, the records say that the highest total ever chased here is 288. Hence, it’s clear that batting here in the 2nd half of the match is not an easy task.
Out of the total 131 matches played here, the teams batting first have won 71 matches whereas the teams batting 2nd have won 50.
ODI STATS :
|Matches won batting first||71|
|Matches won bowling first||50|
|Average 1st Inns scores||235|
|Average 2nd Inns scores||195|
|Highest total recorded||375/5 (50 Ov) by IND vs SL|
|Lowest total recorded||86/10 (29.3 Ov) by NED vs SL|
|Highest score chased||288/5 (49.4 Ov) by IND vs SL|
|Lowest score defended||204/7 (50 Ov) by SL vs IND|
R Premadasa Stadium, Pitch Report :
The Pitch here in the R Premadasa Stadium is reported to not generate a lot of pace. Rather, the pitch slows down in the later half of the match which makes batting here even more difficult. It is not a flat track like the one in Galle.
Considering the past records, the low second innings scores and the less winning percentage of the team batting second here, the captain who wins the toss must put his team to bat here first.
Colombo Weather on Match Day :
The weather in Colombo on the 18th will be partly cloudy throughout the day and in the evening as well. The is a forecast of moderate winds. The Humidity will be 80%.
India’s squad for Sri Lanka tour: Shikhar Dhawan (Captain), Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Nitish Rana, Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Sanju Samson (wicketkeeper), Yuzvendra Chahal, Rahul Chahar, K Gowtham, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Vice-captain), Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Chetan Sakariya
Srilanka’s squad : Dasun Shanaka (c), Minod Bhanuka, Dhananjaya De Silva, Lahiru Udara , Avishka Fernando, Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Pathum Nissanka, Binura Fernando, Charith Asalanka, D Chameera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan , Ashen Bandara, Akila Dhananjaya, Shiran Fernando, D Lakshan, Ishan Jayaratne, P Jayawickrema, Kasun Rajitha,Asitha Fernando, Lahiru Kumara, Isuru Udana