India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I Preview: India look to continue T20 juggernaut
Team India, under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma, has now won 10 consecutive T20 Internationals.
There were a plethora of changes for India going into the first T20 against Sri Lanka from the side that played the 3rd T20 International against West Indies. Sanju Samson, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal and Deepak Hooda.
Ruturaj Gaikwad was all set to open the batting for India but a wrist injury at the last moment meant that he could not make the cut.
Sri Lanka, too, have been hit by several injuries. Maheesh Theekshana and Kusal Mendis were unavailable and the team had to play Praveen Jayawickrama and Jeffrey Vandersay. They are already dealing with the absence of their strike bowler Wanindu Hasaranga.
As a result, an already weak Sri Lanka were not left with many options at the moment India have Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan, Mohammed Siraj and Kuldeep Yadav on the bench while Sri Lanka can choose from Danushka Gunathilaka, Ashian Daniel, Shiran Fernando and Binura Fernando.
Binura Fernando can replace Lahiru Kumara
Given that we are just one match into the series, both teams are unlikely to make any changes. If at all, Sri Lanka can bring in Binura Fernando in place of Lahiru Kumara who went for over 10 runs per over in the 1st T20I.
India might think of giving an opportunity to the likes of Kuldeep Yadav or Avesh Khan but that will probably have to wait till the series is decided.
Kishan, Shreyas shine
India batted first in the first T20 International with Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan getting the team off to a sensational start. Kishan hadn't been able to hit top gear in the T20 Internationals against West Indies but roared back to form, making a sensational 89 off 56 deliveries at a strike rate of almost 160, with the help of 10 boundaries and 3 sixes.
Rohit Sharma offered great support to him, making 44 off 32 balls as the two added 111 runs. Shreyas Iyer then ensured that India set Sri Lanka a target of 200 with an unbeaten 57 off just 28 deliveries that came at a strike rate of over 200.
Sri Lankan bowlers lack zip
Praveen Jayawickrama and Jeffrey Vandersay were the only Lankan bowlers who were able to make a mark. In reply, Sri Lanka could never get going as they were three down within the first seven overs, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar removing both the openers.
Sri Lanka wouldn't have even reached 137 had it not been for an unbeaten half century from Charith Asalanka. However, their pace of scoring was quite slow and they never even threatened to come close to the Indian target.
New template for India
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the pick of the bowlers for India. Venkatesh Iyer also took two wickets but was expensive in his last over. Ravindra Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah did a fine job on their return to international cricket.
India used as many as seven bowling options in the last match which hasn't been the team's template. However, under the leadership of Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid, the team has been able to plug small but crucial holes and India are now moving on the right track.
Predicted Playing XIs
India - Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Hooda, Venkatesh Iyer, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal
Sri Lanka - Pathum Nissanka, Kamil Mishara, Charith Asalanka, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Janith Liyanage, Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Praveen Jayawickrama, Jeffrey Vandersay, Lahiru Kumara
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