Preparations Well Under Way at Riverside Ground to Host 2nd Test between England and Sri Lanka

May 27 15:22 2016

cook1New Delhi, Friday, May 27 – After losing at a  match against Headingley in Leeds, Sri Lanka are keen to bounce against England in the second Test which is to start in a few hours at Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street.

Sri Lanka team will have Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dasun Shanaka, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Shaminda Eranga, Nuwan Pradeep, Dhananjaya de Silva, Milinda Siriwardana, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera and Dilruwan Perera. On the other hand, England will have captain Alastair Cook, Alex Hales, Nick Compton, Joe Root, James Vince, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, James Anderson and Jake Ball.

Weather is supposed to be good, giving players play a chance to focus just on the match without getting bothered about any other point. Pitch conditions will certainly play an important role. Taking quick wickets and compelling the opponents to take a backseat in the first few overs of the match will be key motto of the squad bowling first. If truth be told then every captain wants to lead a team which follows his game plan and gives its best to attain victory at the end of the day. Confidence of players imparts huge role in a match. Hopes are surging from young and experienced cricketers to do well in the rest of the Test matches.

Best combination picked by skippers of England and Sri Lanka will matter a lot. Focus of Cook and Mathews must be to motivating young men contribute as much as possible and help their respective squads to be close to victory, which is eyed for having a lead in the series. To be honest, England will look forward to seal the series by winning the second Test while the guest will do everything possible to equalize it. If discussion is made over batting skills of the host then middle-order and lower order will have to show a lot of improvement if they don’t wish to repeat mistakes they did in the earlier Test. Accept Alex Hales (86 runs of 206 balls) and Jonny Baistrow (140 runs off 183 balls), none of the England player was impressive.

Instead of playing a wrong shot, it will be better if players take their time to settle on the crease and steal runs on weak deliveries. A totally different picture came into view when Sri Lanka’s 1st and 2nd innings ended on 91 runs and 119 runs, respectively. The approach was sufficient to demonstrate that they need to figure out the difference between 50-50 over match and the Test encounters. But no wonder, if Sri Lanka, who have a bunch of talented player, use experience and show growth in all terms in the match that is to begin soon.

It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Cook’s captaincy certainly put some pressure on the visitors, affecting their individual performances on the foreign soil. However, story might not be same in latter phases for the reason Sri Lanka are tough contenders and it is always difficult to beat them by a huge margin. England must be proud but would like to continue displaying stupendous show. Challenges are not going to be any less for the Mathew-led side as rivals are strong and players have proved their worthiness in the team when needed. Winning is imperative for Sri Lanka after getting thrashed by England in opening Test. It must be a question of prestige for them now. Time spent by the cricketers in the nets may be visible in their performance as well.

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