With the T20Is done and dusted, the caravan shifts to the Test series between India and Sri Lanka. The IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali will host the first of the two Tests starting March 4 (Friday).
The spotlight will be on former captain Virat Kohli, who will be playing his 100th Test match. The stage is set for the charismatic run-scorer to celebrate the milestone with a century, that has been lacking in the past two years.
India will also be without Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, who have been dropped owing to their poor form. The Test presents an opportunity to the youngsters to stamp their authority at the biggest stage.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka have had a great start to their ICC World Test Championship, winning the first two games. They will hope to continue the winning run against the mighty Indians, who are a tough nut to crack on home conditions.
India vs Sri Lanka 2022 – Match Details
India vs Sri Lanka – 1st Test
Date & Time – Match 4 (Friday), 9:00 AM IST
Venue – Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali
Predicted Playing XI
India: Rohit Sharma (C), Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah (VC), Mohammed Siraj
Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne ©, Lahiru Thirimanne, Pathum Nissanka, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva (vc), Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Praveen Jayawickrama, Lasith Embuldeniya, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera, Charith Asalanka
Match Prediction – Who will win the match?
Although India will be playing their first Test under full-time captain Rohit Sharma, the hosts are almost unbeatable at home conditions.
The chances become more bright against a depleted Sri Lankan side, who are growing through a transition. As a result, India are likely to emerge as the winners and go 1-0 up in the series.