IND vs SL, 2nd T20I: Preview, Prediction and Fantasy Tips
India won the first T20I by a narrow margin [Source: AP]
On Thursday, hosts India will lock horns with Sri Lanka in the second T20I of the three-match series in Pune.
The first match saw a cracking contest between the two teams, with the hosts pipping their counterparts by two runs. Chasing 163, Sri Lanka could post 160, despite valiant efforts from skipper Dasun Shanaka and quick-fire cameos from Wanindu Hasaranga and Chamika Karunaratne. So, moving on to this clash, the visitors would like their mainstays, Pathum Nissanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka and Bhanuka Rajapaksa, to step up with the bat. Meanwhile, although their spinners did a fabulous job, the pace battery must evolve its performance in not only the powerplay but also the death overs.
On the other hand, India were saved by Umran Malik and debutant Shivam Mavi on a day that could have ended on a worse note for them. The likes of Yuzvendra Chahal and Axar Patel went for plenty, while Harshal Patel conceded more than ten runs an over in his four-over spell. On the batting front, Ishan Kishan and Deepak Hooda ensured a fighting total for the Men in Blue, while the big names Shubman Gill, Sanju Samson and Hardik Pandya failed to live up to the expectations. So, these players would be raring to make their presence felt in this match.
Date and Time: January 5, 7.00 PM IST
Venue: MCA Stadium, Pune
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network and Hotstar
Pitch Report: The MCA Stadium in Pune offers a little assistance to the seamers early on, but batting becomes easier as the day progresses. The spinners get marginal turn throughout, but considering the presence of dew in the evening, the toss-winner will likely field first.
Sanju Samson hasn't travelled with the team and will likely miss the fixture due to a knee injury. So, India might replace him with Rahul Tripathi.
Also, if Arshdeep Singh is declared fit and India opt to play him, they might replace him with Harshal Patel and bring Washington Sundar in place of Yuzvendra Chahal to ensure batting depth.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka might replace Kasun Rajitha with Pramod Madushan or Lahiru Kumara.
India: Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan (WK), Rahul Tripathi, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Deepak Hooda, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar/Yuzvendra Chahal, Shivam Mavi, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh/Harshal Patel
Sri Lanka: Kusal Mendis (WK), Pathum Nissanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Lahiru Kumara/ Pramod Madushan, Dilshan Madushanka, Maheesh Theekshana
Cricket Exchange Fantasy Tips
Wicket-Keeper: Ishan Kishan
Batters: Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Dasun Shanaka
All-Rounders: Axar Patel, Hardik Pandya, Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga
Bowlers: Shivam Mavi, Umran Malik, Maheesh Theekshana
Captain: Ishan Kishan
Vice Captain: Hardik Pandya
Considering the contest between the teams in the first game, we reckon it will be another cracking game on Thursday. However, India are high on confidence, which is why we expect them to emerge victorious in this clash.