The start of the new year has happened on a positive note for Team India as they won the first T20 international between India and Sri Lanka. India vs Sri Lanka 2nd T20 international is scheduled to take place on Thursday at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.
The first fixture between the hosts and the visitors was a thrilling game and went on till the last ball. Team India won the game by 2 runs and the Sri Lankan squad was seen expressing their disappointment. The hosts would like to win the second game as well and clinch the series by 2-0.
Team India started their new year with a T20 campaign against Sri Lanka but they witnessed some major concerns in the team. The spin attack turned out to be a big failure and the opening batting order witnessed a bit of instability.
Sri Lanka will be disappointed with the result in the first game. However, the visitors displayed their strength on the ground and gave a tough fight to the opposition. They are currently struggling to get a good start form the opening batters and bowlers are producing a higher economy rate.
Our experts believe that team India will win the second T20 international against Sri Lanka.
The betting tip is...
India will Win
Team India was on the ground under new leadership and had some new prospects. Ishan Kishan was given a chance to open the innings and he gave a good start to the team by scoring 37 runs at a strike rate of 127.59. The selection committee had high hopes for Sanju Samson but he failed to make an impact in the first game.
Deepak Hooda played a crucial inning as he scored 41 runs at a stroke rate of 178.26. Yuzvendra Chahal and Axar Patel turned out to be the costliest affair and they were unable to pick any wickets.
As the game started, Sri Lankan bowlers were focused and they were able to give some tough time to the Indian batters. However, the team management will be concerned over the quality of batting produced by the opening lineup. The winning momentum was missing as Pathum Nissanka and Dhananjaya de Silva completely failed to score.
The middle order also struggled to face the Indian bowling attack but the captain, Dasun Shanaka, played a valuable inning of 45 runs at a strike rate of 166.
All of us are in for another thrilling fixture between the two neighbouring countries. Considering the quality of players team India has, we predict that the men in blue will win the second fixture as well.