India vs Sri Lanka – 2nd T20I, Indore – Match Prediction
The first T20I between India and Sri Lanka was washed out and it wasn’t an ideal start for both teams. It was frustrating for both the teams as the match was abandoned without a ball been bowled. However, Indore will bring fresh hopes as both the teams will like to draw the first blood in the series. The Indian team would be more hungry to get themselves off to a good start after the Guwahati disappointment.
The last time both of these sides had played at Holkar Stadium was back in 2017 when Rohit Sharma had scored the joint-fastest T20I hundred. However, much to the visitors’ delight, the Indian vice-captain has been rested for the series.
India will look to draw first blood.
Meanwhile, the series is a perfect opportunity for young players from both teams to grab their chances. India still has some missing pieces to fill in the middle order. Furthermore, in the absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, and Deepak Chahar, there will be chances for Navdeep Saini and Shardul Thakur to strengthen their places in the team. Both of these players are yet to come up with special performances but Saini has only started in his career.
But all eyes will be on the comeback man, Jasprit Bumrah. The gun pacer will be making a comeback after a back injury and he would look to hit the ground running. Furthermore, Shikhar Dhawan will really need to put the pedal to the metal to make a place for himself in the shortest format.
On the other hand, the onus will be on players like Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews for Sri Lanka. The visitors will need to play out of their skin to surprise India.
India will begin the match as overwhelming favorites and they would aim to come up with a complete performance. The match is expected to be a high-scoring affair as the pitch will be a belter. However, there are 40% chances of rain playing the killjoy again.
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