- Despite missing some of their main-stream players, India still have a more experienced side as compared to Sri Lankans
- Sri Lankans have found scoring against Yuzvendra Chahal exceedingly difficult
- The hosts have struggled to score against the spinners and they might struggle to pass that hurdle yet again
- *Preview updated on July 27 at 16:45 IST with the news of Krunal Pandya testing positive and the subsequent postponement of the second T20I.
Sri Lanka vs India (SLvIND): The 2nd T20I match of India tour of Sri Lanka will be played between these two teams, The match will begin on 28 July 2021 at 08:00 pm IST.
Even though the gap between India and Sri Lanka in their ongoing series has been, Sri Lanka have ensured that they get enough attention. They have put in decent performances, but those performances have just not been enough to tilt the result in their favor. They will have a huge task at their hands when they take on India in the second T20I of the series.
Sri Lanka have looked a better team in the shorter format of the game and should be itching to get a win now. This is going to be a huge test for them and a cracker of a contest is certainly on the cards.
Sri Lanka have had a forgetful recent past and the statistics show that. From their last 14 completed games, the Lankan Tigers have won just one. They had a similar challenge in the third ODI as well and they did a brilliant job to defeat Indians then and there. However, doing so in the shortest format of the game will be a different task altogether and they’ll need to play out of their skins.
The kind of depth India have shown in the series so far is unparalleled. Despite not having at least eight of their main-stream players, Indians have looked imposing, not just in the last match, but also on this whole tour. Also, this series holds massive importance for most of the players as a potential World Cup spot is at stake for them.
Almost all of the players have impressed for India in the series gone by and the competition to do well internally as well as against Sri Lanka will continue to be there.
Date: July 28, 2021 (Wednesday).
Time: 08:00 PM (IST)
Venue: R.Premadasa stadium, colombo
Pitch and Weather Conditions:
If the first fixture is anything to go by, change of pace is the currency in Colombo. This time around, there’s no rain forecast with mostly cloudy skies expected.
A score of around 170 should be par if we are able to get the full 20 overs per team.
SL vs IND Probably XI:
In the previous match, Sri Lanka did most of the things right but failed to seize the momentum with the bat. Bowling first, they kept India to a sub-par total as bowling slow-cutters seemed to be working perfectly for them. Besides, Wanindu Hasaranga caused most of the trouble for Indian batsmen and he will be the key to their fortunes yet again.
Sri Lanka’s major challenge to overcome will be to score runs against a skillful Indian bowling attack. They have failed to do so in the tournament thus far and this has shown in the results. Barring Avishka Fernando and Asalanka, none of their batsmen looked imposing in the previous match. They were good against the seamers, but not as much against the spinners. If their batting can crank up some runs in the upcoming match, Sri Lanka will be in business.
Likely XI: Avishka Fernando, Minod Bhanuka (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Ashen Bandara/Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Isuru Udana, Dushmantha Chameera, Akila Dananjaya
Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw have been fantastic at the top. Coming in at number three, four, and five respectively, the likes of Sanju Samson, Suryakumar Yadav, and Ishan Kishan have been brilliant as well. We saw a bit of inconsistency creeping up in the last match, but they should come out as an improved unit in this upcoming fixture.
Bowling has looked good with multiple spinners available on a surface that has turned and will turn. Yuzvendra Chahal is going to be the key man for India and seems to be a good candidate to bet upon for the highest wicket-taker award. Apart from him, we have seen the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar do well.
All in all, India look adequately equipped side with all bases covered. The availability of Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw is under the clouds and if unavailable, India will need to look into their options. Considering how well they have done and their side on paper, beating India will be incredibly difficult.
BCCI announced Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav as injury replacements for the Test squad, but they are expected to finish the T20I assignment in Sri Lanka before flying out to the UK. At the very least, they should be available for Tuesday’s game.
Likely XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Sanju Samson, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Krishnappa Gowtham, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Varun Chakravarthy
Did you know:
– Sri Lanka have lost each of their last five T20I series
– In 28 T20Is since the 2019 ODI World Cup, India have bowled with an economy rate of 8.62, balls-per-wicket ratio of 10.6 and balls-per-boundary ratio of 6.4 in the death overs (16 to 20)
– Since the 2017/18 season, Suryakumar Yadav has scored 2772 runs in 87 T20s at an average of 38.50. It includes 20 half-centuries and a highest score of 94*.
SL vs IND Dream 11 Prediction:
Please check the team once when Playing XI Announced.
Captain Options – A. Fernando
Vice-Captain Options – Sanju Samson
Sri Lanka Squad: Avishka Fernando, Minod Bhanuka(w), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka(c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Isuru Udana, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Ishan Jayaratne , Ramesh Mendis, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Asitha Fernando, Lakshan Sandakan, Ashen Bandara, Praveen Jayawickrama, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Pathum Nissanka, Lahiru Udara, Shiran Fernando, Binura Fernando
India Squad: Shikhar Dhawan(c), Prithvi Shaw, Ishan Kishan(w), Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Rahul Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Sanju Samson, Kuldeep Yadav, Krishnappa Gowtham, Nitish Rana, Navdeep Saini, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Varun Chakravarthy, Devdutt Padikkal, Chetan Sakariya