The second T20 match between India and Sri Lanka will be played on Thursday
Team India is ahead 1-0 in the 3-match series
new Delhi. The Indian cricket team will go against Sri Lanka (IND vs SL) on Thursday with the intention of winning the T20 series at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. Host team India defeated guest Sri Lanka on the last ball in the first T20 match played in Mumbai. In the second T20 match, everyone’s eyes will also be on the performance of Shubman Gill in the power play, who would like to strengthen his claim as an opener by scoring fast runs. Gill’s closest rival for the opener’s spot is Rituraj Gaikwad and he would like to perform well so that opportunities come his way.
India managed to win by two runs in the first match at the Wankhede Stadium despite failing to post a big score. ODI World Cup is to be held this year and T20 format is not a priority but Gill would like to avoid repeating the mistakes of his predecessors. Pandya, like every Indian captain in recent times, has promised a fearless attitude at the top of the order, but it will take every player to show one.
Rituraj and Rahul Tripathi waiting for the opportunity
India has a lot of talented players in the T20 format. Batsmen like Rituraj and Rahul Tripathi are waiting for opportunities. It is expected that Gill and Ishaan Kishan will get a chance to open the innings in all the three matches of the series and their strong performance in the power play can give confidence to the later batsmen to play fearlessly. The batting unit will look to score more runs in the second match and a lot will also depend on new vice-captain Suryakumar Yadav, who was dismissed cheaply in the first match.
Indian batsman will have to score runs against Sri Lankan spinner
The Indian batsmen will have to find a way to score runs against the Sri Lankan bowlers who are heavily dependent on spinners Wanindu Hasaranga and Mahesh Teekshana. In the first match in Mumbai, both of them together took two wickets for just 51 runs in eight overs. Deepak Hooda and Akshar Patel impressed everyone with their batting. Captain Pandya must have been relieved by the memorable debut of fast bowler Shivam Mavi. Pandya also impressed while bowling with the new ball.
Expectations in bowling from Shivam Mavi and Umran
The swing of Mavi (22/4) and the pace of Umran Malik (27/2) have diversified the bowling and both can be invested in with an eye on the 2024 T20 World Cup. However, the matter of concern is leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, whose morale is probably low after not getting a chance in the T20 World Cup. Chahal gave 26 runs in two overs in the first match, after which the captain did not give him a chance to complete his quota of overs.
Hardik Pandya (Captain), Ishan Kishan, Rituraj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Akshar Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Harshal Patel, Umran Malik, Shivam Mavi and Mukesh Kumar .
sri lanka squad
Dasun Shanaka (Captain), Pathum Nissanka, Avishka Fernando, Sadeera Samarawickram, Kusal Mendis, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Charith Aslanka, Dhananjay de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Ashen Bandara, Mahesh Teekshana, Chamika Karunaratne, Dilshan Madushanka, Kasun Rajitha, Dunith Velalage, Pramod Madushan, Lahiru Kumara, Nuwan Thushara.
FIRST PUBLISHED : January 04, 2023, 17:54 IST