India easily won the first T20 game of the bilateral series against Sri Lanka, led by Rohit Sharma. They will now march towards another series victory when they face Sri Lanka in the second game of the series on February 26th, 2022, in Dharamsala. Sri Lanka has yet to regain their form after being defeated by Australia. The team’s poor batting performance aided India’s 10th consecutive T20I victory. Wanindu Hasaranga, Sri Lanka’s leading all-rounder, tested positive for Covid-19 yet again and will miss the entire T20 series.
Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Chahar, and Ruturaj Gaikwad will be unavailable for the Indian team due to injury concerns. Despite the fact that both teams are dealing with injury issues, they have perfect replacements for their players in the upcoming matches.
The game between the two teams will take place on February 26th, 2022 at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala.
Match Details to Note
Match: India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I Match, Sri Lanka Tour of India, 2022
Date: February 26, 2022 (Saturday)
Time: 7:00 PM IST
Venue: Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala
India vs Sri Lanka Team Previews
India easily won the first game against Sri Lanka, winning by 62 runs. The hosts now have a 1-0 lead in the three-match bilateral series. The second game will be played in Dharamsala, and India hopes to win the game as well as the series while playing at home. The Sri Lankan captain invited the Indian openers to bat first, and both openers took advantage of this decision to get off to a good start. Rohit Sharma (44 runs off 32 balls) and Ishan Kishan (89 runs off 59 balls) put on a 111-run partnership for the first wicket. Following Rohit Sharma’s first wicket, Shreyas Iyer stepped up to bat in the middle order, scoring 57 runs off 27 balls.
India has set a target of 199 runs in two overs thanks to a strong batting performance. While defending the target, skipper Rohit Sharma used seven different bowlers, and the bowlers did an outstanding job, resulting in a victory. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar bowled a brilliant opening spell in which he took two wickets for nine runs in two overs. Vyankatesh Iyer also contributed to his two wickets in three overs, conceding 36 runs. In the absence of Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, and Deepak Chahar, the Indian team has filled in admirably and appears to be a formidable foe. They will try to maintain their winning streak in the second game as well.
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Rohit Sharma (c), Sanju Samson, Venkatesh Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Harshal Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Deepak Hooda, Avesh Khan, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal
Predicted XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Rohit Sharma (c), Sanju Samson, Venkatesh Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Harshal Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah
Sri Lanka are still looking for their first win after losing the previous series to Australia and the first match of the T20 series to India. They will face India in the second game at Dharamsala, hoping to end India’s 10-match winning streak in T20Is. In the first match against India’s strong batting unit, Sri Lankan bowlers performed mediocrely. They have given up 199 runs in 20 overs. No single bowler was able to maintain a bowling economy of less than 7.00. In the first inning, only Dasun Shanaka and Lahiru Kumara shared one wicket each.
The Sri Lankan batting unit imploded in the face of India’s bowling attack. Sri Lanka lost the first five wickets on 60 runs in 11 overs while chasing a target of 200 runs in 20 overs. Despite Charith Aslanka’s unbeaten 53-run knock in 47 balls, no other batter spent enough time on a wicket to establish a good partnership. As a result, Sri Lanka lost the first match by a massive 62-run margin. Sri Lanka’s new and inexperienced unit lacked experience. When they face the hosts in the second T20 game, they must execute their plans flawlessly. The second game will be crucial for visitors because it will decide the series for both teams.
Sri Lanka Squad
Pathum Nissanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kamil Mishara (wk), Dinesh Chandimal, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Jeffrey Vandersay, Praveen Jayawickrama, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Kumara, Janith Liyanage, Ashian Daniel, Shiran Fernando, Binura Fernando
Predicted XI: Pathum Nissanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kamil Mishara (wk), Dinesh Chandimal, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Jeffrey Vandersay, Praveen Jayawickrama, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Kumara
India vs Sri Lanka Toss Prediction
The pitch has favoured batters in the last five T20Is played at this venue. The team that chose to bat first in this game won four of the last five games. The pitch has been advantageous to bowlers in the latter stages of the game when dew factors are present. The team that wins the toss should bat first in this situation.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The second game of the T20I series will be played at Dharamsala’s Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium. A venue can hold up to 23,000 spectators.
Saturday will be cloudy and rainy, with temperatures ranging from 9°C to 5°C. On matchday, there is an 80-90 percent chance of rain. The statistics clearly show that the pitch favoured bowlers in the second inning when defending totals.
India vs Sri Lanka Match Prediction
India is now undefeated in the last ten T20 games, and the team is optimistic about this series. In comparison to the Sri Lankan team, the Indian squad appears to be more balanced and promising. The Sri Lankan batting unit failed to put pressure on Indian bowlers, and the Indians will be hoping to continue their good form in the second game.
India is the favourite to beat Sri Lanka at the odds of 1.15.
- Indian captain Rohit Sharma (3307 runs) has surpassed Martin Guptil (3299 runs) to become the T20I format’s leading run-scorer.
- India won its tenth T20I in a row, the longest winning streak in the T20 format.
- India has defeated Sri Lanka four times in the last five matches.