Team India already defeated the islanders, Sri Lanka, in both test series as well as Odi series. India will go into this game with high confidence. A part from first ODI, Sri Lankans never looked like they could trouble India. But some sort of good news for Sri Lanka is they have finally got their batting in order but their bowling needs lot of improvement. On the other side, India has introduced few youngsters into the team and it will be interesting to see how they will play. India played 4 T20 matches recently against Sri Lanka and won all those matches.
Barabati Stadium – Cuttack, India
Clear and no chances of rain
Pitch is good for batting and score around 180+ can be expected. Dew is expected in second innings so spinners should work hard here.
Team News : India
Many youngsters filled in Indian squad for this series. In the absence of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma will lead the side. Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar won’t play this game. In the absence of regular opener Dhawan, Kl Rahul will open the innings with Rohit Sharma. The skipper has been in excellent form across all three formats and he will be the key man in this Indian batting lineup. Shreyas Iyer will bat at no. 3. He had a good Odi series and expecting will continue the same kind of form in this short format also. In this match Deepak Hooda may get a chance who has been waiting for a chance. If Deepak Hooda plays then Manish Pandey will be out. MS Dhoni is always a key player for team India. Sundar had a good IPL season and if he plays then Hooda will not play. Chahal and Kuldeep will continue to take of spin department. Unadkat, Thampi any one may get a chance. Bumrah will lead the pace attack.
Team News : Sri Lanka
The Sri Lankan batting will depend heavily on Upul Thrananga who is playing very well. Thisara will lead this side. Skipper Thisara did not get a chance to play in ODI series but he will get a chance as it is a T20 game. Mathews played very well in this whole series. He made centuries in test series as well as ODI series. Once again there is no doubt that he will be dangerous. Gunathilaka had a good BPL season so he may continue his T20 form. With the ball, Akila Dananjaya and Vishwa Fernando seem to be the most threatening. Lakmal was rested and Pradeep will lead the pace attack. Chameera and Fernando are other two pacers in squad.
India Probable XI
Rohit Sharma (c)
Pandey/ Sundar/ Hooda
MS Dhoni (wk)
Sri Lanka Probable XI
Prediction : India is still looking strong even in the absence of regular high quality players. Sri Lanka has a chance here but still India is looking pretty strong. India are favourites of this match.