After a washout in the First T20, all the attention shifts to Holkar Stadium, Indore as India takes on Sri Lanka in the second T20 international.
With the T20 World Cup on the horizon, both the teams will be looking to fine-tune their preparation for the mega event.
Sri Lanka are coming into this series after a loss to Pakistan in the Test series and there has been plenty of changes in the squad. Former captain Angelo Mathews is also back to the T20 fold.
India, on the other hand, defeated West Indies in the ODI and T20 series at home to finish the year on a high.
Holkar Stadium in Indore is known for its high scoring matches. With even bounce and short boundaries, batsmen tend to rule the roost.
In the only T20 international played at the venue, India scored a mammoth 260 runs against today’s opposition on the back of a 35-ball century from Rohit Sharma.
Shikhar Dhawan is back in contention as Rohit Sharma is rested for this series given his huge workload over the past year.
Shardul Thakur and Navdeep Saini will keep their place in the absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar.
Rishabh Pant will also keep his place and Shivam Dube’s audition for the all-rounder slot will carry on.
Given the number of left-handers in the Sri Lankan squad, Ravindra Jadeja will sit out and Washington Sundar and Kuldeep Yadav will start.
Sri Lanka won the T20 series against Pakistan with a youthful squad and now are more strong with the return of their stars.
It will be interesting to see whether former captain Angelo Mathews gets a chance to play or not.
Lasith Malinga will captain and spearhead the bowling attack with the able support of Isuru Udana.
Dhananjaya de Silva and Dasun Shanaka are the preferred choices for the all-rounder slot.
Kusal Perera is a dangerous prospect and he would like to stamp his authority with the able support of Avishka Fernando.
Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(wk), Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Jasprit Bumrah
Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera (wk), Oshada Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Isuru Udana, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lahiru Kumara, Lasith Malinga (C)
India is a force to be reckoned with in all forms of the game. Although, it could be said that the shortest form of the game is where they would like to improve more.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, are a promising side with plenty of youngsters in the fold. Still, defeating India in India is one of the toughest jobs in world cricket at the moment.
With this being a belter of a track, India’s batting firepower will reign supreme.
We at CricWizz predict a high scoring encounter and a victory for the Men in Blue.