Can listless Sri Lanka keep series alive?
After winning test series and Odi series, the hosts are set to win T20 series also with a match remaining. If India wins then they will hold an undefeated streak at home across the format in the last couple of years. In 1st T20, India demolished visitors, Sri Lanka, with a huge margin of 93 runs. While the Lankans will again face India at a venue where the hosts are yet to be beaten. India have won their last five T20 internationals they have played against Sri Lanka. Holker Cricket stadium will host the second and the ground is known for runs.
Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore
Partly cloudy and no rain is expected.
Plenty of runs can be expected on this excellent batting surface. Ball will come onto the bat and batsmen will enjoy. There is possibility of dew throughout the game.
Team News : India
After winning in 1st T20, India unlikely to do changes in playing XI. KL Rahul, MS Dhoni and Manish Pandey all had good hits at Cuttack and the team will want them to repeat that kind of game at Indore as well. Though skipper Rohit Sharma failed in 1st match but he will be a key player for India considering the kind of form he is in. Another youngster Shreyas Iyer has been playing well and even in 1st T20 he started the game with aggressive shots but dismissed for 24 runs. He is another person to look at top of the order. MS Dhoni is always good with bat and if wickets fall early then he will be as a rescue person for team India. In last game Hardik Pandya did not get an opputunity to bat but he shined with ball. India is having a good all rounder in the name of Pandya at present. Bowling will once again rely on the spin twins Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. The no. 1 T20 bowler Bumrah will lead the bowling side and I don’t want speak more about him, how good he is with the ball. Unadkat is expected to continue in this match after a fine spell in 1st T20. No changes are expected in case if they make a change then either Sundar or Hooda will get a chance.
Team News : Sri Lanka
In the 1st T20 only four of their batsmen scored in double digits. Dickwella was in a hurry and he himself had given his wicket. Players like Dickwella are always dangerous on these kind of surfaces. Opener Tharanga is in prime form and he will be key player for Sri Lanka in this match. Morever, Tharanga had a good form during BPL season and he played fine innings in Odi series as well. Sri Lanka needs Tharanga and Dickwella to play big knocks this time with good support from Angelo Mathews in the middle order. There were many expectations on Kusal Perera in last match and he disappointed his team without hitting a single boundary atleast. After that poor innings in last match his place in playing XI is doubtful. If Kusal Perera is out then either Samarawickrama or Gunathilaka will play. Former skipper Matthews had a good test series and Odi series but he did not play well in 1st match still he will be an important player for Sri Lanka in this match. After recovering from injury, Gunaratne weird tour continued and he is struggling to score runs. In bowling, Shanaka is expected to bowl. Chameera is doubtful and Pathirana can replace him. As there are no other pace options Lanka will continue with Pradeep who was expensive in 1st game.
India Probable XI
K L Rahul
Sri Lanka Probable XI
Kusal Perera/ Gunathilaka
Thisara Perera (c)
Prediction : Lanka are under immense pressure after that lost in 1st T20. While the hosts are very strong and they will continue their winning streak once again. India are favourites of this match,