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Sri Lanka, India play full first series in eight years

Sri Lankan cricket captain Angelo Mathews. (AFP)

Sri Lanka and India will play three Tests, five one-day internationals and one T20 in their first series involving all three formats of the game in eight years, it was announced Friday.

Sri Lanka Cricket said the first Test between the neighbours will start on July 26 at the Galle international stadium and will be followed by Tests in Colombo and Kandy respectively in August.

The Sri Lankan board added that the first ODI will begin at the Dambulla international stadium on August 20 followed by two ODI matches each at Kandy and Colombo.

The lone T20 will be played at the Premadasa stadium in Colombo on September 6.

India and Sri Lanka played their only full series against each other - three Tests, five ODIs and two T20 matches  - in India in 2009. India won the Test series 2-0, the ODI 3-1 and drew the T20 segment 1-1.

India's last tour of Sri Lanka was two years ago in August 2015 when they played a Test series which they won 2-1. India won its last ODI series 4-1 in 2012. In the same year, India also won a T20 series 1-0 against Sri Lanka.

Schedule:

July 26: 1st Test at Galle
Aug 3: 2nd Test at Colombo
Aug 12: 3rd Test at Kandy
Aug 20: 1st ODI at Dambulla
Aug 24: 2nd ODI at Kandy
Aug 27: 3rd ODI at Kandy
Aug 31: 4th ODI at Colombo
Sept 3: 5th ODI at Colombo
Sept 6: T20 at Colombo

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