India to kick off Sri Lanka tour with first Test in Galle

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India to kick off Sri Lanka tour with first Test in Galle

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SportsCafe Desk


India's tour of Sri Lanka, in July-September, will begin with a Test in Galle on July 26 followed by Tests in Colombo and Kandy respectively, Sri Lanka Cricket confirmed today. This will be India's first away Test series since the four-match series against the Windies in July 2016.

In the 43-day tour, India will play three Tests, five One-Day Internationals, and one Twenty20 International against the hosts. After the Test series ending on 16th August, the jamboree will move to Dambulla, which will host the first ODI on August 20. The teams will again return to Kandy for the next two ODIs before returning to Colombo to play the final two ODIs and the lone T20I of the series.

Recently, both the teams faced each other in the Champions Trophy, where Sri Lanka pulled off an upset by beating India by seven wickets. But Sri Lanka, who are now languishing at the eighth position in the ICC ODI rankings, have to be at the top of their game to beat India.

Sri Lanka will also be under tremendous pressure in the Test series as they are struggling in the seventh position, while India are the No. 1 side after a successful home season where they defeated New Zealand, England, Bangladesh, and Australia. India, too, had defeated them 2-1 in their last tour in 2015, which was their first series win on Lankan soil since 1993.

Currently, India are in the West Indies for a limited-overs tour, where they completed a 3-1 series victory yesterday, and will play a one-off T20I on Sunday at Sabina Park in Jamaica.

Full Schedule :

1st Test : July 26-30, GICS, Galle

2nd Test : August 3-7, SSC, Colombo

3rd Test : August 12-16, PICS, Kandy

1st ODI : August 20, RDICS, Dambulla

2nd ODI : August 24, PICS, Kandy

3rd ODI : August 27, PICS, Kandy

4th ODI : August 31, RPICS, Colombo

5th ODI : September 3, RPICS, Colombo

T20I : September 6, RPICS, Colombo

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