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0 matches at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium by India before today. In Sri Lanka, India have played 9 Tests at SSC (Colombo); 5 at each of P Sara Oval (Colombo) and Galle International Stadium; 3 at Asgiriya Stadium (Kandy); and 1 at R Premadasa Stadium (Colombo).

1 India’s win-loss ratio if they win the Pallekele Test. The win will be their 8th in Sri Lanka (they have lost 8). Among overseas countries, India have better win-loss records only in Bangladesh (won 6, lost 0) and Zimbabwe (won 3, lost 2).

0 whitewashes by India in an overseas 3-Test series. They have done this 4 times (thrice in 2-Test series and the other in a one-off Test) — all of them in Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.

29 Tests India will play under Virat Kohli with a change in the starting XI every Test. The change is certain, since Ravindra Jadeja has been handed a one-Test suspension.

23 Tests played by Sri Lanka at a stretch with Rangana Herath in the side. The last time they took field without the great man was against Pakistan on July 3, 2015, at — Pallekele. Curiously, their last home Test without Herath before the 2015 Test was also at Pallekele, back in 2011 against Australia. What is it with Herath and Pallekele?

1 Sri Lanka’s win-loss ratio at Pallekele, from 5 Tests. In their last Test here, they had thrashed Australia by 106 runs. In the one before that they had lost to Pakistan by 7 wickets. The other 3 were drawn.

8 wickets needed by Umesh Yadav to reach 100 Test wickets. Only 6 Indian fast bowlers have reached the landmark. Even if he gets 5 wickets Umesh will go past Manoj Prabhakar and Venkatesh Prasad (96 wickets each) to seal the 7th spot.

4 dismissals needed by Wriddhiman Saha to set a new Indian record for most dismissals (12) in Sri Lanka. Only Sadanand Viswanath (12) has more. Saha (8) is currently tied at 2nd spot with Sameer Dighe.

Note: This is not really a statistic, but if Kuldeep Yadav and Lakshan Sandakan both play, it will be one of those rare Tests featuring two Chinaman bowlers.