Jan 22, 2021

Sri Lanka hand Ramesh Mendis a debut and bat

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal won the toss and chose to bat in the second Test in Galle. Chandimal said he expected the pitch for the second Test to be better for batting than the surface for the first game. In any case, teams almost uniformly choose to bat first at this venue, as the pitch tends to crumble rapidly late in the Test.

Sri Lanka, meanwhile, made three changes - bringing in Oshada Fernando for the out-of-form Kusal Mendis, as senior seamer Suranga Lakmal also entered the XI missing the last three Tests due to injury. He took the place of legspinner Wanindu Hasaranga.

Ramesh Mendis, the offspinning allrounder, makes his debut for Sri Lanka, displacing seam-bowling allrounder Dasun Shanaka from the XI. Mendis, 25, averages 43.46 with the bat in first-class cricket, and has produced several good performances for Sri Lanka A.