Team India led by Shikhar Dhawan would be once again looking forward to putting the final nail on the coffin as they prepare to seal the series when they play the hosts on 27th July 2020.
India were impressive in their 38-run conquest over the Lankans and we can expect similar energy from the visitors in the second T20 as well.
India after the win in the first T20I.
The game concluded with the bowlers coming on top as India's spearheads in the series Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar disrupted the Sri Lankan batting lineup. Kumar took 4/22, while Deepak's 2/24 saw Sri Lanka stumble on a total of 126 runs, losing their final wicket in the 18th over.
Will Sri Lanka change their fortunes? Or will the Indians seal the T20 series as well?
Match Toss Time: 7:30 PM Local (2:00 GMT)
Match Start Time: 8:00 PM Local (2:30 GMT)
Match Venue: R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Head to Head
Matches: 20, India: 14, Sri Lanka: 5, N/R: 1
Humidity is expected to be around 80%, with the temperature ranging around the 30°C mark. Precipitation chances are less but not zero. The game is expected to be completed without much intervention.
The pitch has usually been favoring the batsmen but we may witness a change in fortunes as we move into a more explosive format. Spinners, if they manage to extract spin early, may pick wickets but pacers showed it in the last game that they can strike on this wicket as well.
Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav are doubts for the fixture as they are likely to travel to England as replacements for the injured Shubman Gill, Washington Sundar, and Avesh Khan.
For Sri Lanka, we can expect the same lineup without any changes.
Probable Playing XI
Sri Lanka (SL): Avishka Fernando, Minod Bhanuka (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Ashen Bandara, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Isuru Udana, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera
India (IND): Shikhar Dhawan (c), Prithvi Shaw/ Devdutt Padikkal, Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav/ Nitish Rana, Sanju Samson, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Varun Chakravarthy
Sanju Samson and Shikhar Dhawan are must-pick as both of them looked in great touch in the first T20. A lot of eyes will be on Hardik Pandya as well as he is yet to show his true colors in this series. Wanindu Hasaranga remains an important player from the Sri Lankan side who undoubtedly needs to be picked.
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# Since the last Cricket World Cup in 2019, Yuzvendra Chahal has picked 17 wickets in 18 T20Is.
# In the first T20, Shikhar Dhawan became the third Indian to cross the 1700-run mark in T20Is.
# After Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan became the second Indian to have scored more than 300 runs against Sri Lanka in T20Is.
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