India look to continue their dominance on facile Sri Lanka!
India will win the match and series 2-0!
Every T20 match and series has been a build-up to the T20 World cup later this year in Australia. All the teams look to find their perfect squad balance, strength and players to fit in their team. The Indian team has been one of the consistent teams in the past 3-4 years and they have identified a core group of players around which the team is built on. They still will look to find the missing pieces in the team and to further strengthen their reserves so that they come in and play a crucial role in case of a need. India will be open to experimentation in this match but will never be complacent to lose the match at any cost.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, are going through a hard time in the limited-overs cricket. Sri Lanka needs to find the key players for the future and are struggling to find at the moment. Both team players will look to perform well and grab the opportunity to represent their nation in a big event.
India's batting line-up is almost fixed with the top 5 batsmen and they are looking good in all the matches. Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul are fighting out for the second opener`s spot and Rahul has edged past Shikar with his attacking 32-ball 45 in the first match.
Skipper Virat Kohli has started to play more aggressively and is scoring runs at a quick rate recently. Young players Shreyas Iyer and Rishab Pant has impressed in the middle order and have almost sealed their places in the playing XI. Jasprit Bumrah made a good comeback to international matches after his injury layoff.
Navdeep Saini and Shardul Thakur were impressive with the ball and took 5 wickets between them. Spinners Washington Sundar and Kuldeep Yadav kept pegging away with wickets in middle overs and never allowed opposition batting to settle. Ravindra Jadeja or Yuzi Chahal may get a game-time in this match.
KL Rahul - KL Rahul`s recent T20 scores read as follows 45,91,11,& 62. He has kicked the door open to fit in the team`s batting and will be the first preferred opener to partner Rohit when he returns. He will look to score more runs in this match.
Navdeep Saini - Saini impressed everyone with his pace and variations in the first match. He was awarded MoM for his match figures of 4-0-18-2 in the last match. Be aware of his 140+ toe crushers and slow balls in this match.
Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Jasprit Bumrah
YS Chahal, Shreyas Iyer, Lokesh Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, SV Samson, Washington Sundar, Manish Pandey, JJ Bumrah, NA Saini, Virat Kohli, SN Thakur
Sri Lanka batsmen started the match well with the scorecard reading 97/3 at the end of 13 overs but ended with 142/9 in 20 overs. Kusal Perera looked good for his 28-ball 34 runs knock but was dismissed at the wrong time. Opener Gunathilaka and Avishka Fernando got starts with 20+ cameos but failed to kick on from there. Sri Lanka batsmen need to bat big to help their team post a good score on board.
Wanidu Hathurusinghe was the only bowler who looked threatening and he dismissed both the Indian openers in the last match. Lasith Malinga and Lahiru Kumara did not trouble the batsmen and they need to bring their experience to count in this match. Isuru Udana did not bowl the last match owing to his injury and is a doubtful starter for this match.
Kusal Perera - Perera hit three sixes in his cameo of 34 runs off 28 balls and looked set for a big score. But his dismissal brought about their downfall from 97/3 to 130/9 in no time. He will be key batsmen for Sri Lanka.
Lasith Malinga - Malinga looked toothless and he was taken for a lot of runs. His fitness seems to have taken a beating and he needs to perform well to lead the team from the front. He is an ageing warhorse at the moment and is struggling to find his rhythm and form.
Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera (wk), Oshada Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Isuru Udana/Kasun Rajitha, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lahiru Kumara, Lasith Malinga (c)
Lahiru Kumara, Avishka Fernando, Oshada Fernando, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Wanidu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Angelo Mathews, Lasith Malinga
Pune is expected to have bright and sunny weather on the match day. No rain is expected to concern the venue on the match day.
Pune is a good batting track and we can expect scores in range of 170-180 runs in this match easily.
Chasing teams have more success in T20I matches in sub-continent conditions due to dew factor. India might want to challenge themselves with batting first here.
India is brimming with confidence with a healthy competition between the players in their squad for a place in the playing XI. India has a good combination of batting and bowling attacks with experienced and young players.
Sri Lanka team is a lot of potholes in their team combination and will be hoping their young players peg them with spirited performances. Sri Lanka needs to bring their A-game to fight to gainsay a strong Indian team.
We expect India to win this match!
India will win the match and series 2-0!