Despite the difference between India and Sri Lanka in their present series, Sri Lanka has ensured that they receive adequate attention. They have turned in good performances, but they have not been enough to change the outcome in their favor. When they face India in the second T20I of the series, they will have a massive job.
The second match of the series between Sri Lanka and India will be contested on Tuesday, July 27th, 2021 at R. Premadasa Cricket Ground in Colombo. Sri Lanka has looked like a superior squad in the shorter version of the game and should be desperate for a win today. This will be a major test for them, and a cracker of a match is undoubtedly on the cards.
Match Details to Know
Match — Sri Lanka vs India 2nd T20I
Date – July 27, 2021
Time – 8:00 PM IST
Venue – R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Sri Lanka vs India Team Previews
Statistics suggest that Sri Lanka has had a forgettable recent history. The Lankan Tigers have won only one of their past 14 games. They faced a similar task in the third ODI, and they performed admirably to overcome the Indians there and there. However, achieving so in the game’s shortest format will be a different challenge entirely, and they will need to play out of their skins.
Sri Lanka accomplished most things correctly in the last encounter but failed to take the momentum with the bat. Bowling initially, they limited India to a modest total with slow-cutters that looked to be working well for them. Furthermore, Wanindu Hasaranga created most of the problems for Indian batters, and he will be the key to their fortunes once again.
Sri Lanka’s main difficulty will be scoring runs against an experienced Indian bowling outfit. They have failed to accomplish so thus far in the competition, as seen by the results. Except for Avishka Fernando and Asalanka, none of their batters were very impressive in the previous match. They were effective against seamers but not so much against spinners. Sri Lanka will be in business if their batsmen can produce some runs in the forthcoming match.
Sri Lanka T20I Squad
Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Pathum Nissanka, Akila Dananjaya, Chamika Karunaratne, Kasun Rajitha, Isuru Udana, Dushmantha Chameera, Avishka Fernando, Lahiru Kumara, Ishan Jayaratne, Ramesh Mendis, Praveen Jayawickrama, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Lahiru Udara, Asitha Fernando, Ashen Bandara, Minod Bhanuka (wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva, Shiran Fernando
Because Ashen Bandara’s battle in the middle-overs [9 off 19] negated Charith Asalanka’s dedicated effort in pursuit, a replacement may be necessary. Sri Lanka may rely on the outstanding Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who struck a 56-ball 65 in his team’s lone ODI victory.
Probable XI: Avishka Fernando, Minod Bhanuka (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Ashen Bandara/Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Isuru Udana, Dushmantha Chameera, Akila Dananjaya
India’s depth in the series thus far has been unsurpassed. Despite the absence of at least eight of its mainstay players, the Indians have looked intimidating not just in the previous match, but throughout the trip. Furthermore, this series is extremely important for the majority of the players since a potential World Cup berth is at risk.
Almost all of the players have performed admirably for India in the previous series, and the pressure to perform well both domestically and against Sri Lanka will remain. At the top, Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw have been outstanding. Sanju Samson, Suryakumar Yadav, and Ishan Kishan have all performed admirably, ranking third, fourth, and fifth, respectively. We witnessed some inconsistency in their past game, but they should be a more consistent squad in this upcoming encounter.
Bowling has looked terrific with various spinners available on a surface that has and will continue to turn. Yuzvendra Chahal will be India’s important player and appears to be a solid contender for the most wicket-taker title. Apart from him, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar have performed well.
Overall, India appears to be a well-equipped team, with all bases covered. Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw’s availability is uncertain, and if they are unavailable, India will need to consider their choices. Considering how well they have performed and the strength of their team, defeating India will be extremely difficult.
India Playing T20I Squad
Shikhar Dhawan(c), Prithvi Shaw, Ishan Kishan(w), Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Rahul Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Sanju Samson, Kuldeep Yadav, Krishnappa Gowtham, Nitish Rana, Navdeep Saini, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Varun Chakravarthy, Devdutt Padikkal, Chetan Sakariya
The BCCI named Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav as injured replacements for the Test team, although they are likely to conclude the T20I series in Sri Lanka before traveling to the UK. They should be available for Tuesday’s game at the very least.
Probable XI: Shikhar Dhawan (c), Prithvi Shaw, Sanju Samson, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Varun Chakravarthy
Interesting Trivia to Note
- Sri Lanka has lost each of its past five T20I series.
- In 28 T20Is since the 2019 ODI World Cup, India has bowled with an economy rate of 8.62, a balls-per-wicket ratio of 10.6, and a balls-per-boundary ratio of 6.4 in the death overs (16 to 20)
- Suryakumar Yadav has scored 2772 runs in 87 T20s with an average of 38.50 since the 2017/18 season. It has 20 half-centuries and a maximum score of 94*.
Just like the pitching in the first game is expected to slow as the game continues, scoring runs on the powerplay will be critical. Spinners may also come in help during the game’s middle overs. Chasing would be a top priority for the captain who won the coin toss. The match’s par score will be 160, as it was in the first game.
Match Prediction of Sri Lanka vs India 2nd T20I
India will approach the contest with a lot of momentum from the first match, particularly with the bowling department doing so brilliantly. In addition, India would be the favorites to win the second T20I against Sri Lanka. India has a more powerful team than Sri Lanka. The weak form of Sri Lanka’s batsmen will also be a major issue for the team.
Overall, both clubs’ young players are anticipated to perform admirably. However, India has a stronger team and is likely to overcome Sri Lanka once more. In the second T20I, India will be seeking to seal the series victory.