Rain didn’t allow game time in the first T20I, but India and Sri Lanka dished out a T20I II on fairly expected lines. India won by seven wickets, in what was an absolutely dominant performance. The onus is now on Sri Lanka to win the third match and level the series. It will be played at Pune on Friday.
Both sides will be aiming for finding the team compositions for the T20 World Cup, but it is India who look settled for now. Their batsmen are in good scoring form, while the bowlers are looking imperious. Sri Lanka will have to bring a sea of change to even compete in this fixture.
KL Rahul continued to be amongst the runs, while Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer scored crucial 30s to lead India. The Indian top-order is in good nick and deserve a place in your fantasy XI.
Even the bowlers looked sharp and that is a big positive for India. Navdeep Saini and Shardul Thakur have the pace and swing to trouble the visitors. Kuldeep Yadav once again looms as an interesting fantasy choice.
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Batsmen continued to flop for the Islanders, as no one barring Kusal Perera rose to the occasion. There is a good chance that the experienced Angelo Mathews gets a recall. Have him in the side purely because the Lankan top-order has been inconsistent.
Wanindu Hasaranga looked very calm and controlled with the ball for Sri Lanka. He remains their lone bright spot, although Lasith Malinga is always a consideration with his experience. Keep an eye out for the all-rounders Dasun Shanaka and Dhananjaya de Silva.
Fantasy Players to Watch
KL Rahul has scores of 44, 52, 62, 11 and 91 in his last five completed T20I innings. By not having him in your side is a huge minus.
Angelo Mathews averages 78 in India in the T20Is. It was a surprise that Sri Lanka didn’t play him yet, and will be a blunder if they still don’t play him.
Virat Kohli is an absolute master of all three formats. In the T20Is, since the start of the home season in September 2019, he averages a mammoth 147.
India: 1 Shikhar Dhawan 2 KL Rahul 3 Virat Kohli (C) 4 Shreyas Iyer 5 Rishabh Pant 6 Shivam Dube 7 Washington Sundar 8 Yuzvendra Chahal 9 Shardul Thakur 10 Navdeep Saini 11 Jasprit Bumrah
Sri Lanka: 1 Danushka Gunathilaka 2 Avishka Fernando 3 Oshada Fernando 4 Bhanuka Rajapaksa 5 Kusal Perera (WK) 6 Angelo Mathews 7 Dasun Shanaka 8 Dhananjaya de Silva 9 Wanindu Hasaranga 10 Lasith Malinga (C) 11 Lahiru Kumara
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