The start of India’s cricketing season 2020 was spoilt by an untimely rain which arrived after India had won the toss and elected to field in Guwahati on Sunday. However, with no such rain predictions in Indore, we are set to see a thrilling game of T20 Cricket.
Every T20 game now becomes very special for the reason that 2 of the biggest T20 tournaments, IPL 2020 and World T20 are to take place later this year and we can not wait to get started.
The three match series has now been cut down to two and both the team aiming to win will be looking to win both the matches. That means we will get to see fierce competition right at the start of the match.
Fun Fact : Indore pitch is a batting paradise and Virender Sehwag had scored his ODI double century at the very same venue.
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Players to Watch out for
Shikhar Dhawan (India) – First T20I between India and Sri Lanka was to be his comeback match after battling with numerous injuries, however, it was rain, who got to play on Sunday.
With no rain predictions and India aiming to start 2020 on a high, Shikhar Dhawan will be desperate to make this opportunity count. He has a stellar record in white ball cricket, however, with age and form being on KL Rahul’s side, he has a tough competition for the role of Rohit Sharma’s partner in upcoming T20 World Cup.
Virat Kohli (India) – India’s captain in all 3 formats, Virat Kohli has had a great 2019. He ended the year with number 1 ranking in test and ODI. Also, he currently has the best average in T20Is and is just 1 run short of becoming the highest run scorer in the shortest format at international level. The ever-consistent skipper will yet again be in focus as India starts their year and the decade.
Jasprit Bumrah (India) – Just like Dhawan, Bumrah is also making a comeback after 4 months and he will be roaring to make an impact and start the year on a high. Jasprit Bumrah has been superheading the Indian pace attack in all 3 formats and the stakes on his return are high.
Lashith Malinga (Sri Lanka) – Sri Lankan skipper is currently the highest wicket taker in T20 internationals with 106 wickets. With experience on his side, he can turn any T20 game around. India will need to find a way to tackle him in order to win the match.
Kusal Parera (Sri Lanka) – In a rather inexperienced Sri Lankan batting lineup, Kusal Parera will look to provide some stability and build the inning. For a while, he has been holding the dual role of anchoring the batting as well as wicket keeping.
India: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Shivam Dube, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur, Manish Pandey, Washington Sundar, Sanju Samson.
Sri Lanka: Lasith Malinga (c), D Gunathilaka, A Fernando, A Mathews, D Shanaka, K Perera, N Dickwella, Dhananjaya De Silva, I Udana, B Rajapaksa, O Fernando, W Hasaranga, L Kumara, K Mendis, L Sandakan, K Rajitha.
Probable Playing XI
Unless there is a last minute injury, both teams will be willing to go with the same playing XI as they had announced in the 1st T20I. Below is the probable squad for both the teams
Sri Lanka: Avishka Fernando. Danushka Gunathilaka , Kusal Perera, Oshada Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Isuru Udana, Wanindu Hasaranga , Lahiru Kumara , Lasith Malinga
India: 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 KL Rahul, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 Shreyas Iyer, 5 Rishabh Pant (wk), 6 Shivam Dube, 7 Washington Sundar, 8 Shardul Thakur, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Navdeep Saini
Watch Live Streaming
You can watch India vs Sri Lanka 2nd T20I live on Hotstar.
Cricket Betting Odds
As of 14:30PM on match day, the odds were as following
India : 1.20
Sri Lanka : 4.00
India : 1.20
Sri Lanka : 4.50
Disclaimer : The odds in these matches might change ahead of the start. Please visit respective sites for live cricket odds.