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Depleted Sri Lanka face uphill task to upset heavyweights India

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Look, let’s be actual. It’s been some time since Sri Lanka had been on India’s stage in limited-overs cricket.

In the final T20I sequence between these groups, Sri Lanka did pull out two victories to assert the trophy in Colombo, however each these wins got here after no fewer than seven gamers of an already weakened India (the Test squad was taking part in on a distinct continent) had been made unavailable by a Covid-19 outbreak within the squad, and India needed to resort to placing web bowlers of their XI.

But even with these two wins, India have received 11 of the final 14 accomplished T20Is between these groups. In India, the stats are even bleaker for Sri Lanka – two wins from ten accomplished matches, considered one of which got here all the way in which again in 2009 (three entire lifetimes, in T20 years). For all the excitement about this enhancing Sri Lanka aspect, they’ve misplaced seven of their ten T20Is for the reason that begin of the principle draw of final 12 months’s T20 World Cup.

Both groups are lacking massive gamers. Virat Kohli is rested, as is Rishabh Pant, and now Deepak Chahar and Suryakumar Yadav have picked up accidents as effectively. But as a result of Sri Lanka do not have as a lot depth, their massive accidents appear extra consequential. Wanindu Hasaranga – their finest participant – has not even made the journey, because of Covid. Beyond this, the Player of the Match from their final T20 in Australia – Kusal Mendis – and their most constant powerplay bowler from the final 12 months – Maheesh Theekshana – are additionally in critical doubt for this sport, having sustained accidents themselves.

In their final T20I sequence, India had comfortably crushed West Indies in all three matches, although in that sequence, they’d had the likes of Suryakumar, Kohli, and Pant play essential innings. If Sri Lanka wish to upset their hosts although, they should elevate their sport considerably. The prime order, which might be with out Mendis, Kusal Perera, and Avishka Fernando (Perera and Fernando are injured) should be more practical than it had been in Australia. And minus Hasaranga, and doubtless Theekshana, the likes of legspinner Jeffrey Vandersay and left-arm spinner Praveen Jayawickrama should step up as effectively.

Form information

(accomplished matches, most up-to-date first)

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In the highlight

Legpsinners usually do effectively in opposition to Sri Lanka. As he has a strike charge of 10.8 in opposition to them, Yuzvendra Chahal most likely is aware of this. In his most up-to-date T20I in opposition to them, Chahal took just one wicket, however then went for simply 19 runs in his 4 overs. He is, nonetheless, coming off a modest sequence in opposition to West Indies, the place he went at greater than eight an over. Sri Lanka’s shaky center order could be the right opposition to bounce again in opposition to.

In a little bit over a 12 months on the prime stage, 23-year-old Pathum Nissanka has not merely established himself, his performances have urged he’s an all-format participant for a decade to come back. He’s not the primary one to trod this path, although. Others have confirmed related promise at this stage of their careers, and faltered into middling, modest, and troubled careers. A tour of India is a big check for a younger batter. He at the very least has the boldness of getting topped the run charts in Australia (the place he hit 184 T20I runs in 5 innings) going into this.

Pitch and situations

Rain shouldn’t be forecast to interrupt the match, however as winter continues to be round, the temperature could drop within the night, and dew could kind. In the T20Is it has hosted, the pitch at Lucknow has usually made for middling scores.

Team information

Minus Suryakumar, the likes of Deepak Hooda may get a spot within the XI whereas Venkatesh Iyer must shoulder extra accountability with the bat. Rohit Sharma could bat down at No. 4 to permit Ruturaj Gaikwad to open, as he had completed in the latest match, in opposition to West Indies.

India (attainable): 1 Ishan Kishan, 2 Ruturaj Gaikwad, 3 Sanju Samson (wk), 4 Rohit Sharma, 5 Shreyas Iyer, 6 Venkatesh Iyer, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Harshal Patel, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Yuzvendra Chahal, 11 Jasprit Bumrah

Dinesh Chandimal will doubtless return to the XI and take the gloves if Mendis is unavailable. Legspinner Jeffrey Vandersay and left-arm spinner Praveen Jayawickrama are prone to be the 2 lead spinners if Theekshana doesn’t play.

Sri Lanka (attainable): 1 Danushka Gunathilaka, 2 Pathum Nissanka, 3 Charith Asalanka, 4 Janith Liyanage, 5 Dinesh Chandimal (wk), 6 Dasun Shanaka, 7 Chamika Karunaratne, 8 Dushmantha Chameera, 9 Jeffrey Vandersay, 10 Binura Fernando, 11 Praveen Jayawickrama

Stats and trivia

  • Although Nissanka was Sri Lanka’s most prolific batter in Australia, his strike charge in that sequence was 116. In his 43-innings T20 profession thus far, he has struck at 122.
  • Chahal’s 15 wickets in opposition to Sri Lanka (at a mean of 16.06) is his finest in opposition to any opposition, although he has performed England and New Zealand extra usually.
  • The final time India misplaced to Sri Lanka at residence was again in 2016, in Pune.
  • Quotes

    “Even though the spinners we might field tomorrow don’t have a lot of experience, players like Jeffrey Vandersay and Praveen Jayawickrama have a lot of talent.”

    Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka on the spin choices doubtless accessible to him on Thursday.

    Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo’s Sri Lanka correspondent. @afidelf

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