Probuddha Bhattacharjee ∙ Jan 5 2023, 8:30 AM

IND vs SL 2023 | Who can turn out to be the vital pick for the second match?

image-lcit1s7nHardik Pandya in practice (Source: AP Newsroom)

India managed to win a cliffhanger in the first match of the T20I series against Sri Lanka. The hosts will now be looking to get an unassailable lead by winning the second match of the series. 

On the other hand, Sri Lanka will be looking to keep themselves alive in the series and bounce back strongly with a win in this match. Both teams will be fighting at the peak of their abilities and we are in for a very close match. 

So, before the action at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune begins, let us try and get an idea of how to build the fantasy XIs for this match. 

Top Picks for the match

Top Picks from the Indian team

image-lcit3ewwDeepak Hooda batting in the first T20I vs Sri  Lanka (Source: AP Newsroom)

Deepak Hooda: The Indian middle-order batter played a brilliant knock under pressure in the first match. Hooda will try to keep up the good work, helping his team and solidifying his spot in the process. 

Hardik Pandya: The makeshift captain of the Indian team failed to convert his start with the bat in the last match. Hardik will be eager to play a defining role in this match and help his team clinch the series in the process.

Top Picks from the Sri Lankan team

Wanindu Hasaranga: The Sri Lankan all-rounder played a valuable knock under pressure in the last match. With the ball, he was economical and also chipped in with a wicket. The visitors will be hoping that Hasaranga acts more potent in the match while maintaining his form with the bat. 

image-lcit5p1fDasun Shanak batting in the first T20I vs India (Source: AP Newsroom)

Dasun Shanaka: The Sri Lankan skipper nearly took his team to victory in the first match. Shanaka will be looking to repeat his antiques with the bat but this time he will try and ensure that he finishes the job. 

Best Choice for Captain or Vice-Captain

Hardik Pandya: The Indian skipper will be rearing to go big in this match. Also, the fact that he opened the bowling for the team in the previous match increases his chances of picking up wickets. So, choosing Pandya as the captain or vice-captain might turn out to be crucial for you. 

Dasun Shanaka: The Sri Lankan general might also be a good choice for the captain or vice-captain. He has the knack of delivering under pressure and this might come in handy for the match. 

Also read: IND vs SL, 2nd T20I: Preview, Prediction and Fantasy Tips