Barabati Stadium, Cuttack
December 20, Wednesday; 19:00 IST
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In the course of the ODI collection, we noticed a facet to the present Sri Lanka crew, that we’ve got seen with overwhelming regularity this yr. Now, what’s that attribute? Nicely, not with the ability to play nicely for a majority of an ODI ‘innings’; or, in different phrases, not benefiting from being in a very good place.
In opposition to resourceful and assured groups like India, who haven’t solely been profitable each collection they’ve performed this yr but in addition received from every kind of positions, you don’t have to offer them alternatives. They’re able to creating openings of their very own and placing themselves on the street to victory.
However the present Sri Lankan crew have again and again let this Indian crew again into matches and principally made life simpler for his or her neighbours. And an lack of ability to play nicely even for 50 overs pointed to not solely an imbalance within the Thisara Perera-led ODI crew but in addition that their crew revolves round a pair gamers in each match. So, as soon as these two or three gamers (Suranga Lakmal, Angelo Mathews and doubtless Upul Tharanga) have been taken down, the opposition just about have their route clear.
Whereas two or three gamers can’t all the time win you ODIs, they’re as a rule able to profitable you Twenty20 Internationals. In essence, due to this fact, the Lankan Lions are fairly well-placed to win the collection which begins tomorrow in Cuttack. Lakmal has been rested from the three-T20I collection, whereas Lasith Malinga has been dropped. Lahiru Thirimanne hasn’t discovered a spot both. Although these are three important gamers to Sri Lanka, considering Thirimanne and Malinga haven’t been on their recreation not too long ago, the character of the T20 format is such that Asela Gunaratne, Akila Dananjaya and captain Perera are able to having an enormous affect.
The Indian selectors have named a much-changed Indian T20 squad which is with out Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Siddarth Kaul. Their locations have gone to Lokesh Rahul, Deepak Hooda, Jaydev Unadkat, and Basil Thampi. So, not solely will a majority of the gamers be taking part in for spots however they can even be wanting worldwide expertise. Once more, Rohit Sharma will debut as India’s T20 captain, changing into the sixth completely different to steer the nationwide facet on this format.
The Barabati Stadium is about to host its second T20 Worldwide, with the primary being performed between India and South Africa. That was affected by crowd bother, with spectators hurling water bottles onto the sphere of play and forcing a suspension in play. Ultimately, although, the match was accomplished and the Proteas coasted house to a six-wicket win. The pitch right here has virtually all the time been good for batting and dew has additionally tended to be an element over time. The climate forecast says that Wednesday will likely be clear, with the temperature at evening dropping to 14 levels Celsius.
IND: WLWLW (from left to proper, final 5 T20Is)
1st T20: India vs Sri Lanka taking part in XI
Lokesh Rahul is more likely to return rather than Shikhar Dhawan, whereas Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s spot may go to Mohammed Siraj, who made his worldwide debut towards New Zealand. Others just about decide themselves, having solely performed the three ODIs.
Attainable India taking part in 11 for the primary T20: 1 Rohit Sharma (c), 2 Lokesh Rahul, three Shreyas Iyer, four Dinesh Karthik, 5 Manish Pandey, 6 MS Dhoni (wk), 7 Hardik Pandya, eight Kuldeep Yadav, 9 Jasprit Bumrah, 10 Yuzvendra Chahal, and 11 Mohammed Siraj
Sri Lanka should change the spearhead of their bowling assault, Suranga Lakmal, and the potential alternative is Vishwa Fernando. The opposite large resolution is Niroshan Dickwella’s place within the batting line-up. This attacking wicketkeeper-batsman struggled throughout the ODI collection batting at No. 5 and also you couldn’t assist however really feel that he was being wasted. Dasun Shanaka may nicely change Danushka Gunathilaka or Sadeera Samarawickrama within the XI.
Attainable Sri Lanka taking part in XI for the first T20: 1 Thisara Perera (c), 2 Upul Tharanga, three Sadeera Samarawickrama, four Angelo Mathews, 5 Niroshan Dickwella (wk), 6 Asela Gunaratne, 7 Dasun Shanaka, eight Akila Dananjaya, 9 Nuwan Pradeep, 10 Vishwa Fernando, and 11 Sachith Pathirana
Sri Lanka have the personnel who may give them an edge, assist them compete higher and probably win this collection. However they nonetheless must play nicely for longer intervals of a 40-over match to beat an Indian facet who’ve a bunch of proficient kids and gamers with a wealthy IPL expertise.