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2nd T20I Preview – India v Sri Lanka: Any point of playing?

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Last Updated on 6 years by Charbel Coorey

Another game, another thumping India win against Sri Lanka in the 1st T20I.

The T20I series began full of hope for Sri Lanka – an experienced team lining up against an India team without some of the best T20 players on the planet. They still have a chance to win this series, but who on earth thinks that is possible looking at the way they are playing? How do you bounce back after not only a disappointing performance in Cuttack, but such a disappointing 2017?

For India, it’d be nice to see them play a few more of their youngsters, instead of waiting till the 3rd T20I, where the series looks likely to be over by then. Players such as Basil Thampi, Washington Sundar, Deepak Hooda and Jaydev Unadkat would really benefit from playing a game with the pressure of the series still alive. Also, the opportunity to play with the likes of Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni would be a wonderful experience. Something to consider for India.

Yuzvendra Chahal was just too good in the 1st T20I

For Sri Lanka, where to from here? It’s safe to say they picked arguably their best possible team in the first T20I, but failed miserably. Firstly, they looked flat and conceded too many runs with the ball, and then their batting matched that of a park team on a Saturday afternoon. They slumped to their biggest ever T20I loss, and are on a run of six straight losses in the format. Lose tonight and they’ll equal their worst ever run – seven straight losses, which was only last year.

Plenty to work on for Sri Lanka

These are tough times indeed. It’s got to the point where plenty of fans are tired of seeing the one-sided contests – will there be a change in Indore?

Key to an India win

It’s easy to say “no complacency” but that’s exactly what the key is. India would have to play really poorly to lose this game against pretty weak opposition.
If India get in front early in the game, whether it’s a quick start with the bat or early wickets with the ball, surely Sri Lanka don’t have the confidence to throw their own big punches. Following on from their biggest ever T20I win, and great performances by KL Rahul, MS Dhoni, Manish Pandey and Yuzvendra Chahal, India have so many different players, particularly their wrist-spinners, that can take Sri Lanka down.
Key to a Sri Lanka win

Three possibilities:

  • Get on their knees, look to the heavens, and say a prayer or two (or three, or four).
  • India forfeit the game.
  • It starts raining heavily out of nowhere and Sri Lanka win a 5-over game on Duckworth Lewis.
I can’t see Sri Lanka winning if India play well. India have to be really poor and complacent for Sri Lanka to have a chance. Game after game, I think about how SL could win, and each time they disappoint me. Can’t see this game being any different.

Predicted teams

Despite my wish to see India experiment with their squad even further, they will probably stick with a similar combination from the first match. I predict Basil Thampi will get a chance.
India XI: 1 Rohit Sharma (c), 2 KL Rahul, 3 Shreyas Iyer, 4 Dinesh Karthik, 5 Manish Pandey, 6 MS Dhoni (wk), 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Kuldeep Yadav, 9 Basil Thampi, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal
For Sri Lanka, it’s hard to see them stick with the same team after a disappointing 1st T20I performance. Angelo Mathews and Dasun Shanaka are expected to bowl, so they should pick an extra batsman for more batting cover.
Sri Lanka XI: 1 Niroshan Dickwella (wk), 2 Upul Tharanga, 3 Kusal Perera, 4 Angelo Mathews, 5 Sadeera Samarawickrama, 6 Asela Gunaratne, 7 Dasun Shanaka, 8 Thisara Perera (c), 9 Akila Dananjaya, 10 Dushmantha Chameera, 11 Nuwan Pradeep

Stats & Facts:

  • India have won their last five T20Is v Sri Lanka
  • Since winning four T20Is in a row in early 2017 (2 v South Africa and 2 v Australia), Sri Lanka have won just one out of their next eight T20Is, including six straight losses.
  • MS Dhoni at number four in T20Is – 244 runs in 11 innings, average 61 and strike rate 151.55.
  • India have won 35 matches across all formats in 2017, the equal second most in history, and most since 2003. Australia won 35 and 38 in 1999 and 2003 respectively.
  • Sri Lanka have lost 38 matches in 2017, the most in history, going past Zimbabwe’s 32 in 2015.

Prediction:

India’s confidence is sky high at the moment, and Sri Lanka have no answers.
India will win, and I will pick one of their wrist spinners to be man of the match, with strong contributions from Shreyas Iyer and MS Dhoni in particular.
Charbel Coorey
Charbel Cooreyhttps://cricblog.net
Charbel is the owner & founder of cricblog.net, based in Sydney, Australia. He started the website to fulfill his love for the game of cricket. Charbel has also been featured on other publications including OP India, Times of India, and The Roar, among others. For any story tips or questions, you can contact Charbel at charbelcoorey@cricblog.net.

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