One of the battles to look out for © AFP
Pradeep’s last Indian scalp in an international match was also Kohli © AFP
Pradeep’s last Indian scalp in an international match was Kohli © AFP

The confident India Men are all set start their tour to Sri Lanka. The first Test is slated to be played on Wednesday, at Galle Cricket Stadium. Virat Kohli will be reminded of his first full series as he led India to Sri Lanka back in 2015, of course against a different team. That team had Kumar Sangakkara, who played his last international match during the series. Sri Lanka Men will miss the services of Dinesh Chandimal in their first Test. It will be an uphill task for the hosts to post a victory against the confident visitors. As the series starts, here are a few key battles that can be witnessed in the first Test. ALSO READ: India vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test at Galle: The mace holders face depleted hosts

Abhinav Mukund vs form: Mukund’s performance in the domestic circuit has time and again made the selectors pick him in the absence of the Indian openers. With both Murali Vijay and KL Rahul out of the Test, Mukund has found a chance to prove his mettle yet again. With only one fifty in a 6-match Test career, this can be considered his crucial chance to play a heroic knock and do justice to his selection.

Virat Kohli vs Nuwan Pradeep: it is not easy to produce movement on the spinner-friendly pitches of Sri Lanka, but Pradeep has been exceptionally good. Early in the morning, he can produce swing to confuse Kohli for whom the corridor of uncertainty has been an area of problem. Pradeep’s last Indian scalp in an international match was also Kohli, whom he got for a five-ball duck during the Champions Trophy 2017.

Angelo Mathews vs Ravichandran Ashwin: As much as Rangana Herath will enjoy bowling at his home, given the support the Sri Lanka pitched provide, Ashwin also will relish in spin paradise. The most experienced Indian spinner in team loves to bowl in subcontinent conditions can alone run through the entire batting. However, Mathews will faces the best of Ashwin, given he will bat in the middle-order when spinners start to get ample turn.

Wriddhiman Saha vs Rangana Herath: Herath is undoubtedly the biggest weapon of the Sri Lankan bowling attack. Similar to Mathews, Saha has the gift of skillful defense. He will face Herath’s best, that too at his home, in the middle overs. It will be battle of orthodox batting and the spin-emperor of modern-day cricket at his own den.