Shocked by an inexperienced Sri Lankan side on a green wicket in the first match, India would aim to regain its winning touch and keep the series alive when they take on the island nation in the second Twenty20 cricket international, here on Friday.
Indians were taken aback by what skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni had described the Pune track as “English”. Now that Dhoni will be playing in his own backyard before his home fans, he can hope to get a typical sub-continent wicket at a ground, which is hosting its first ever Twenty20 International.
India have not lost a game out of three One-dayers played here and runs in the vicinity of 300 have been scored in three innings. One match against Australia had no result. But largely, a high-scoring game can be expected at JSCA International Stadium Complex.
Dhoni would also like to give pacers Ashish Nehra and Jasprit Bumrah more opportunities and it will be interesting to see if Bhuvneshwar Kumar gets a game. With Ashwin doing a reasonably good job, Harbhajan Singh may have to sit out again.
T20 is a format where even small nations can topple established cricket forces since one or two good overs — in either bowling or batting — can change the match situation quickly. And that makes it interesting to watch.
India: MS Dhoni (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Pawan Negi, Ashish Nehra, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Harbhajan Singh.
Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal (Captain), Dushmantha Chameera, Niroshan Dickwella, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Binura Fernando, Dilhara Fernando, Asela Gunaratne, Danushka Gunathilaka, Chamara Kapugedera, Thisara Perera, Seekkuge Prasanna, Kasun Rajitha, Sachithra Senanayake, Dasun Shanaka, Milinda Siriwardana, Jeffrey Vandersay.
Match Starts at 7.30 pm (IST) .