India got out of jail in the first T20I match in Mumbai, thanks primarily to their bowlers. On a superb batting track at the Wankhede Stadium, India’s new-look top order failed and it took some lower-order hitting by Deepak Hooda and Axar Patel to take India to a competitive total.
The Indian bowlers kept picking up wickets at regular intervals to keep a check on Sri Lanka’s chase and Axar Patel bowled a tight final over to give India a narrow win by 2 runs. The action now shifts to Pune and Hardik Pandya would want a much-more disciplined performance by his batters to challenge the current Asia Cup champions.
India could stick with the combination that got the job done in the first T20I in Mumbai. The only possible debate could be over the position of Harshal Patel who was very expensive at Wankhede. Arshdeep Singh, who missed the first match with a niggle, could come into the picture. India could also try Kuldeep Yadav ahead of Yuzvendra Chahal.
India vs Sri Lanka Predicted XI
India Predicted XI
Ishan Kishan (wk), Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya ©, Sanju Samson, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Shivam Mavi, Umran Malik
Sri Lanka Predicted XI
Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Dhananjay de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka ©, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara, Dilshan Madushanka
India vs Sri Lanka 2nd T20 Match
Match: India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I
Date & Time: January 05, 7:00 PM
Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network and Hotstar
India vs Sri Lanka Fantasy Team
Captain – Shubman Gill
Vice-captain – Kusal Mendis
Wicketkeeper – Kusal Mendis
Batters – Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa
All-rounders – Hardik Pandya, Wanindu Hasaranga
Bowlers – Kuldeep Yadav, Shivam Mavi, Maheesh Theekshana, Dilshan Madushanka
Sri Lanka vs India Pune Weather and Pitch Report
The weather is expected to pleasantfor the duration of the match. As far as the pitch is concerned, it will be another great track for batting while pacers too will get good bounce and carry.
India vs Sri Lanka Match Prediction
It was a closely fought contest at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai and both sides look to be evenly matched on paper. The top order of both sides struggled and hence, the onus will be on them to get their side off to a cracking start. Considering India’s depth and familiarity with home conditions, they are favourites to win this match.