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Wet outfield delays the start of Ist India-Lanka Test

Published: Wednesday, July 23, 2008, 11:36 [IST]
 
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Colombo: The wet outfield owing to heavy overnight showers delayed the start of the first Test tie between India and Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) here on Wednesday.

The heavy downpour through yesterday night took its toll on the SSC ground: The clueless groundstaff working feverishly to mop-up the slushy outfield (looks like a paddy field). The chances of play starting before tea looks dim.

The very timing of this Three-Test series followed by five-ODI series is questionable as the entire Indian peninsula including the Emerald Island will be under the grips of South West mansoon from May-Aug. And one need not have to be a rocket scientist to know why ICC and concerned boards still adamant on scheduling full-fledged series' in wrong places and at wrong time. Now your guess is as good as mine...

The Lankans, bouyed by the Asia Cup triumph and consistant performances at home in the recent past, are keen to continue the momentum. They have a formidable bowling attack backed with some solid batters. The enigmatic Mendis, spin wizard Murali and old horse Vaas will provide a sterner test for the India's mauch vaunted batting line-up.

This series offers a rare treat of enigmatic Lankan spin bowling verses seasoned Indian batting. It will be interesting to see how the fab-four of Indian batting mend mysterious Mendis.

Squads (Probables):

India: Virender Sehwag, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, Anil Kumble (capt), Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Pragyan Ojha and Ishant Sharma.

Sri Lanka: Bandula Warnapura, Michael Vandort, Kumara Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Thilan Samaraweera, Prasanna Jayawardene (wk), Tilakratne Dilshan, Chaminda Vaas, Nuwan Kulasekera, Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis.

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