India look to settle score with Sri Lanka in Nidahas Trophy - 4th T20I Preview

Shikhar Dhawan has been in top for for India
Shikhar Dhawan has been in top for for India

Game: 4th T20I - Sri Lanka v India
Venue: R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo
Timings: 01:30 PM GMT / 07:00 PM Local

India will look to avenge their defeat in the opening game when they face Sri Lanka for the second time in Nidahas Trophy in Colombo on Monday.

The top order is still a worry for India with skipper Rohit Sharma 0 and 17 in the two games while Suresh Raina and Rishabh Pant, who batted at number three in the two games scored 1 and 7 respectively. The onus was on Shikhar Dhawan, who has 145 runs in the two games to help them recover and post a decent total on the board while Manish Pandey has decent contributions but they are surely missing the hard-hitting of Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni down the order. The bowlers were blown away by a Kusal Perera blitz in the opening game but showed a lot of character in the second game against Bangladesh where they kept them down to 139 for eight, courtesy a three-wicket haul from Jaydev Unadkat. Vijay Shankar on his debut series has been impressive but is yet to be tested with the bat.

Sri Lanka will be disappointed with their bowling performance against Bangladesh where they failed to defend 215 and all their bowlers looked ordinary going at an economy rate of over nine. They have beefed up their batting department which meant the likes of all-rounders Dasun Shanaka, Thisara Perera and Jeevan Mendis will have to deliver if they are to apply pressure on the opponents. Kusal Mendis' form and Kusal Perera's return has disturbed the combination a bit as Danushka Gunathilaka and Upul Tharanga are shifted down the order while Dinesh Chandimal's place in the squad continue to be debatable and his two-game ban for over-rate offence might prove to be a blessing in disguise for him to analyse his game and return back. Thisara will lead the side in his absence.

Probable Team:

India: 1. Rohit Sharma (captain), 2. Shikhar Dhawan, 3. Suresh Raina, 4. Manish Pandey, 5. Dinesh Karthik, 6. Rishabh Pant, 7. Washington Sundar, 8. Vijay Shankar, 9. Jaydev Unadkat, 10. Shardul Thakur, 11. Yuzvendra Chahal

Sri Lanka: 1. Kusal Mendis, 2. Kusal Perera (wk), 3. Danushka Gunathilaka, 4. Upul Tharanga, 5. Dasun Shanaka, 6. Dhananjaya de Silva, 7. Thisara Perera (captain), 8. Jeevan Mendis, 9. Akila Dananjaya, 10. Isuru Udana / Dushmantha Chameera, 11. Nuwan Pradeep

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