About the Match
A devastating pace attack by the Sri Lankan seamers helped the visitors win the opening match against India by 5 wickets and take a 1-0 lead; the two teams will face off in the 2nd T20 at Ranchi on 12th February. India face a must-win situation to save the series while Sri Lanka will try to make a clean sweep with another convincing victory; the contest will surely be an entertainer with the home crowd rooting for the men in blue and whichever team can perform under pressure will be better place to win the match on Friday.
The famed Indian batting line-up faltered against the Sri Lankan speedsters and toppled for 6-53 within 10 overs; baring Suresh Raina and Ashwin in the lower order, the others were stupefied and they could manage only 101 runs, getting all-out in the 19th over. The bowlers had a tough task at hand but Nehra and Ashwin performed under pressure to take 2 wickets each; however, with not much to defend, they lost the match at the end of the 18th over.
They have a strong batting line-up with in-form players like Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina and Jadeja; Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh need to stabilize the middle order whereas the top order must click whether during chase or while batting first. The bowlers have been effective with the run-flow; players like Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya bring variety to the attack.
The fast paced pitch in the last game didn’t work out for the Indian batsmen but they must focus on building partnerships no matter what the ground conditions are; if Rohit Sharma, Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane can come out all guns blazing in the upcoming match, then it will give them a solid foundation in the upcoming match.
Debutante Kasun Rajitha made a good start to his international career by taking 3-29 that blew away the Indian top order; along with Dasun Shanaka, who also took 3 wickets giving away 16 runs in 3 overs, the speedsters restricted India to a lowly total. Chameera and Senanayake took 3 wickets between them to wipe out any effort by the Indian lower order to take the scoreboard to a respectable total. With 102 runs as target, Chandimal led the chase with run-a-ball 35 while Kapugedera and Siriwardana ensured they crossed the finish line with ease.
Thisara Perera and Seekugge Prasanna are also in terrific form and bring depth to the attack while the younsgters like Rajith and Shanaka look well placed to comeback with more wickets in the upcoming game.
They have a well-balanced team of batsmen and bowlers, who can outwit the opposition with spin and pace; if they can execute their game plan again and make good use of the ground conditions, then definitely they will pose a stiff challenge to the hosts on Friday.
While Sri Lanka enjoys the psychological advantage having overcome the batting prowess of the hosts, India has the home advantage, which makes them clear favourites to win the match and draw level here