With Asia Cup and T20 World Cup around, tomorrow’s match at Vizag will be the last for both teams heading into crucial T20 calendar. Sri Lanka who hasn’t named their T20 squad yet will have few decisions to make. Kusal Perera banned from playing international cricket and they haven’t find the replacement for him, with Sankara and Jawaradene retired, Sri Lanka middle order looks very inexperienced. Malinga is more likely to comeback for Asia Cup and World Cup but he has not played international iricket for a while and Sir Lanka pace attack is talented but was clearly exposed in Ranchi where condition’s favoured batsmen.
On the other hand Indian unit looked settled. Dhawan, Rohit, Raina all are among runs. Hardik Pandya showed in the last match what he can do with the bat on his day. Ashish Nehra have been good with new ball consistently and Bumrah has showed now he can deliver yokers when needed. Ashwin and Jadeja are brilliant in sub-continent conditions. Yuvraj, Raina and Pandya are more than capable of bowling 4-5 overs among them to give Dhoni depth in bowling options. All in all Indian team is looking quite settles ahead of crucial T20 calendar.
Team Preview – India
India will be looking to continue winning form. Dhoni might make some changes in the batting order and give more chances to players lie Yuvraj, Raina and himself to bat top of the order. Yuvraj would like to get some runs under his belt before Asia Cup. Dhawan would be looking to add consistency to his game. India would be banking favourable conditions and momentum from last match and would like to add another series win before Asia Cup and World T20.
Dhoni doesn’t like to change his team much and will be looking to keep winning combination going. Pawan Negi included in the squad for Asia Cup and World T20 might get a game to give captain more options ahead to ICC events.
India (probable): 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Ajinkya Rahane, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 MS Dhoni (capt.)(wk), 6 Yuvraj Singh, 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Ravindra Jadeja/Pawan Negi, 9 R Ashwin, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Ashish Nehra
Team Preview – Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan players will be looking to perform and claim a position for them in the squads for Asia Cup and World Cup. Bowlers who looked terrific on Green pitch in Pune faced a real test in Ranchi when conditions were against them and powerful Indian batting line up get better of them. Chandimal and Kapudegera two of the most senior batsman along with Dilshan has to take some responsibility and score some runs. Chandimal might have under bowled his spinners in the previous match given the conditions. Vizag wicket will be more a slow and dry wickets and spinners will have major role to play.
Sri Lanka might give another opportunity to Dickwella in the top order. Vandersay the young leg spinner might also get a game in place of Prasanna.
Sri Lanka (probable): 1 Niroshan Dickwella, 2 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 3 Dinesh Chandimal (capt.)(wk), 4 Chamara Kapugedera, 5 Dasun Shanaka 6 Milinda Siriwardana, 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Sachithra Senanayake, 9 Dushmantha Chameera, 10 Jeffrey Vandersay, 11 Kasun Rajitha
Venue: Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam (Vizag)
The stadium is known for the lush green outfield and has one of the most well maintained stadiums in the country. In the 5 ODI’s played earlier the track suits batting and gradually slows down to assist spinners. Team winning the toss will look to bat first and post a big total. The weather is expected to be pleasant during the course of the game.
Date: 14th February, 2016, Sunday
Time: 19:30 Local | 14:00 GMT
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