India will play Sri Lanka in the second T20I of three match series in Ranchi on Friday. India lost first T20 in Pune by 5 wickets. Indian batting collapsed in green Pune wicket. Young Sri Lanka attack was impressive and bowled according to the plans. India would be looking to rectify their mistakes and level the series. Indian bowling was impressive as they made total of 101 difficult. This series was termed as the preparation for Asia Cup and ICC World T20 and both the teams would like to test their combinations before the mega event begins.
Preview Team India
Dhoni and co would be looking for familiar sub-continent conditions and would like their batsman to continue their Australian form. Dhoni termed Pune wicket as English conditions and he was not very much disturbed by defeat as he knows team would not counter similar conditions going into Asia Cup or T20 World Cup. India would be looking to score big or chase down whatever total is set by the Lankans. Both Ashwin and Jadeja bowled well in the first T20 and would like to spin a web around inexperienced Lankan middle order. Rahane would be looking to get some runs under his belt and challenge Dhawan for openers slot in coming series.
Dhoni does not like to experiment much with the team. He played the best possible XI during the first match and would most likely to play same XI. Pawan Negi may get chance to debut because team management would like to test him before the Asia Cup. Hardik Pandya who has now played four T20 didn’t impress much like Bumrah and would likely to be replaced by Negi.
India (probable): 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Ajinkya Rahane, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 MS Dhoni (capt.)(wk), 6 Yuvraj Singha, 7 Hardik Pandya/Pawan Negi, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 R Ashwin, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Ashish Nehra
Preview Team Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka would be looking to continue their form from the first T20. After a disappointing tour of New Zealand there was finally some success for them. Many new faces were brought in and didn’t disappoint. Rajitha and Shanaka and Chameera would be itching to make to final XI in the Asia Cup and World Cup and another good performance would make their cases more strong. Sri Lanka would be looking up to their batsman to score runs as they would get India out for 101 daily.
Sri Lanka will be boosted by the Dishan comeback in the top of the order. His experience would be vital for this Sri Lanka team. Dickwella most probably will be replacing Dilshan in top of the order. Rest Sri Lanka would like to continue with their winning combinations and seal the series tomorrow.
Sri Lanka (probable): 1 T Dilshan, 2 Danushka Gunathilaka, 3 Dinesh Chandimal (capt.)(wk), 4 Chamara Kapugedara, 5 Dasun Shanaka 6 Milinda Siriwardana, 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Seekkuge Prasanna, 9 Sachithra Senanayake, 10 Dushmantha Chameera, 11 Kasun Rajitha
Venue: JSCA International Complex, Ranchi
This will be the first international T20 at Ranchi. In the three ODI played before they have yielded moderately high totals. The track for the second match would be slow and likely to assist slow bowling during the later stages. Team winning the toss would likely to bat first and post huge total.
Date: 12th February, 2016, Friday
Time: 19:30 Local | 14:00 GMT
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