Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up four wickets in the first T20I of the series.
The opening T20I between India and Sri Lanka on Sunday, July 25, turned out to be a rather one-sided affair. The Men in Blue emerged victorious by 38 runs and took a crucial 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s four-wicket haul in the second innings sealed the deal for the visitors.
For Lanka, Charith Asalanka looked ominous, having hit six boundaries, but his efforts went in vain. The second and penultimate game of the series is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, July 27 and it’s a must-win game match for the hosts. India, meanwhile, will look to seal the fate of the series.
Match – Sri Lanka vs India – 2nd T20I
Venue – R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Time – 08:00 PM IST, 08:00 PM Local
Where to watch live – Sony Sports Network, Sony LIV
The pitch in Colombo was a good one for batting. However, bowlers also had their fair share from the surface. Run-scoring in the powerplay will be crucial as the pitch is likely to get slower with the progression of an innings. Batting second should remain as the way forward.
Avg score: 155 (37 T20Is in Colombo)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 18, Lost – 18, N/R – 1
Playing combination for SL vs IND
Avishka Fernando, Minod Bhanuka (wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksha, Charith Asalanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (c), Kasun Rajitha, Chamika Karunaratne, Lakshan Sandakan, Dushmantha Chameera
Bench: Ramesh Mendis, Akila Dananjaya, Binura Fernando, Lahiru Udara, Ishan Jayaratne, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Ashen Bandar, Shiran Fernando, Praveen Jayawickrama, Asitha Fernando, Pathum Nissanka, Lahiru Kumara, Isuru Udana
Shikhar Dhawan (C), Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Varun Chakravarthy
Bench: Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Nitish Rana, Krishnappa Gowtham, Rahul Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Chetan Sakariya, Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey
SL vs IND Head-to-Head
Played – 20 | Sri Lanka – 5 | India – 14 | N/R – 1 | Tied- 0
In Sri Lanka
Played – 6 | Sri Lanka – 1 | India – 5 | N/R – 0 | Tie-0
Probable best batsman of the match
Shikhar Dhawan– India
Shikhar Dhawan hasn’t blazed away but has made sure of getting crucial runs under his belt. In the previous match, the left-handed batter notched 46 runs off 36 balls with the help of four fours and one six. The southpaw played until the 15th over at a strike rate of 127.78. Dhawan will now want to score a half-century or more and guide his team to its second victory.
Probable best bowler of the match
Bhuvneshwar Kumar- India
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been a silent performer for India at the highest level. In the ODI series, he was amongst the wickets and he carried the form in the T20Is as well. In the first game, he picked up four crucial wickets of Avishka Fernando, Chamika Karunaratne, Isuru Udana and Dushmantha Chameera. He didn’t give away many runs either in his spell of 3.3 overs.
Today’s match prediction: India to win the match.
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.