High-Flying India eye a strong show against Sri Lanka!
Expect India to register a comfortable win!
After successful home series against West Indies, Virat Kohli-led unit will be looking to continue their winning ways in the three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka. The second game of the series will be played on Tuesday at Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore.
Pacer Jaspreet Bumrah and opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan have fully recovered from injury and make their return to the T20 squad for the series. Vice-captain Rohit Sharma has been rested for this T20I series after playing continuous cricket for India for the past 12 months.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka has decided to retain their players that toured Australia. Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Avishka Fernando, Wanindu Hasaranga and Lahiru Kumara will be determined to make an impact for Sri Lanka in this contest.
The home side will be keen to continue their winning ways in the T20 format against Sri Lanka. Virat Kohli and co. will be looking to deliver a clinical performance in the second game of the T20I series at Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore. Shikhar Dhawan will be looking to turn things around with the bat after going through a lean last year. In 2019, Dhawan accumulated 272 runs in 12 innings at an average of 22.66. Dhawan will be looking to make a notable contribution to the side in this series.
Indian Captain Virat Kohli has produced impressive numbers in the T20 cricket in the last 12 months. In 10 matches played, Kohli has scored 466 runs at an average of 77.66 with five half-centuries to his name. In the absence of Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul will be keen to make notable contributions to India at the top of the innings. He accumulated 356 runs in 9 innings at an average of 44.50 with four half-centuries to his name. Shreyas Iyer, Shivam Dube and Manish Pandey will fight it out for a place in the middle-order in this three-match T20I series.
In the bowling department, the side will be looking towards the likes of Navdeep Saini, Jaspreet Bumrah and Shardul Thakur to make early inroads with the new ball. Left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav will certainly play this game.
Virat Kohli(captain), Rishabh Pant (wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Jasprit Bumrah.
Shreyas Iyer, Lokesh Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, JJ Bumrah, NA Saini, Rishabh Pant, Virat Kohli, SN Thakur, Shivam Dube
The visitors will be looking to deliver a decent performance with bat and ball in the second game of the T20I series. Despite their recent record in T20Is, the Islanders have the potential in the batting and bowling department to spring a surprise over India at Indore. In the batting department, the side will be banking relying on the likes of Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Danushka Gunathilaka and wicket-keeper Kusal Perera to do the bulk of the scoring.
Rookie batsman Bhanuka Rajapaksa has delivered excellent performances for the side since his making his debut for Sri Lanka last year. In six games, Rajapaksa has accumulated 131 runs at an average of 32.75 with a strike rate of 137.89. He will be looking to make a notable contribution to the side in this contest.
Since Feb 2018, Wicket-keeper Kusal Perera has been a consistent performer for the side in the T20 format. Left-hander has accumulated 355 runs in 13 outings at an average of 29.58 with four half-centuries to his name. Sri Lanka will be hoping that he produces something special with the bat. Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka and Isuru Udana will be given the responsibility to produce big runs in the later stages of the innings.
In the bowling department, the side will be pinning their hopes on the pace trio of Lasith Malinga, Isuru Udana and Lahiru Kumara to make crucial breakthroughs with the new ball. Leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga and off-spinner Dhananjaya de Silva will be prominent spin options for the second game of the series.
Lasith Malinga (captain), Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera(w), Oshada Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Isuru Udana, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lahiru Kumara.
Lahiru Kumara, Avishka Fernando, Oshada Fernando, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Wanidu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga
Traditionally, the wicket at Holkar Cricket Stadium is expected to be a belter with plenty of runs for both the teams. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Tuesday is going to be clear skies with light winds.
Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore is going to host the second T20I between India and Sri Lanka. India will take heart from the fact that they hold an excellent head-to-head against Sri Lanka in the T20 format. India have won their only T20I game played against Sri Lanka at this venue in 2017.
Both the teams will be looking to win the toss and bat first on this surface. Last time, India scored 260 runs in their first innings and registered a mammoth win over Sri Lanka.
Based on their recent performances, Virat Kohli-led unit will be favorites to win this second game against Sri Lanka. Virat Kohli has been in stupendous form with the bat and led from the front in the previous T20I series against West Indies.
Sri Lanka will need to deliver an exceptional batting performance to upstage India in this contest.
Expect India to register a comfortable win!