SL VS IND – 2nd T20I | Match Preview | Key Players | Stats | Dream 11 Prediction | Pitch Report

Sri Lanka will face India in the 2nd T20I match of India’s tour of Sri Lanka 2021 on 27th July 2021. This match will be played at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. It’s a must-win game for the Lankan side to keep the series alive.

Team India played some really good cricket so far in this tour and also showed their skills in the 1st T20I of the series to secure a comfortable victory. Few new faces made their debut in this series and now they are all set to play in this series further. Indian squad is looking strong with a good depth in the batting department as well as a variety in the bowling department also and is set to play this 2nd and important T20I of the series to seal the tour with a second series win.

Sri Lankan side collapsed terribly in the middle overs while chasing the target of 165 runs in the 1st T20I against India. Ashen Bhandara ate a lot of balls for his struggling stay at the crease. Bowlers bowled brilliantly in the first game as they restricted a strong Indian batting side for just 164 runs. The hosts need to solve their middle-order batting issues before playing this 2nd game of the series against the mighty Indian blue brigade on 27th July.

Key Players

India

  • Shikhar Dhawan– The captain will have the onus to score runs at the top of the order. Dhawan was phenomenal in the first phase of IPL and will look to continue his T20 form. Also, with the T20 World Cup on cards, Dhawan has to make a strong case for himself to find a place in India’s squad.
  • Yuzvendra Chahal– Chahal has been India’s trump card in the form of the game and has taken over 50 T20I wickets. He particularly has an impressive record against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka. The leggie stopped the flow of runs and choked Sri Lanka’s middle order.
  • Hardik Pandya– Pandya couldn’t do much in the ODI leg and the 1st T20I but in the 20 over format in specific, he’s a different beast both with bat and ball and he’ll be looking to play on the reputation in the first T20I.

Sri Lanka

  • Avishka Fernando: The opener has been probably the best batsman for Sri Lanka in the whole one-day series. He has set the stage on fire with his crucial knocks at the top of the order. Even in the final ODI, he made a brilliant half-century to see his team over the line. Avishka started well in first T20I but gave his wicket away which he wouldn’t want to do in the 2nd T20I. 
  • Wanindu Hasaranga: The all-rounder missed the last ODI of the series and made a brilliant comeback in the first T20I. He displayed brilliant skills with the ball and proved his worth..
  • Chamika Karunaratne – The medium-pacer is close to establishing himself as a bowling all-rounder. He was the find of the series for Sri Lanka in the one-dayers and in T20Is he’ll be looking to continue the same run of form in the must-win game.

Stats (SL VS IND)

  • Head to Head-20
    • Sri Lanka- 5
    • India- 14
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the only Indian with 4fer against Sri Lanka in all Formats.
  • Sri Lanka has the record of getting all-out for the most number of times in T20Is- 28*

Pitch Report (SL VS IND)

It has been seen in the ODI leg and first T20I that the surface at Colombo isn’t a high-scoring ground, and a similar thing could be witnessed in the second T20I. The slowness of the track makes the role of spinners very crucial.

Probable Playing XI

Sri Lanka: Avishka Fernando, Minod Bhanuka(wk), Charith Aslanka, Ashen Bandara, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka(c), Akila Dhananjaya, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Isuru Udana, Dushmantha Chameera.

India: Shikhar Dhawan(c), Prithvi Shaw/ Devdutt Padikkal, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan/ Sanju Samson(wk), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya/ Rahul Chahar, Deepak Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Chetan Sakaria.

Dream 11 Prediction (SL VS IND)

SL VS IND 2nd T20I | Dream 11 | Team 1
SL VS IND 2nd T20I | Dream 11 | Team 1
SL VS IND 2nd T20I | Dream 11 | Team 2
SL VS IND 2nd T20I | Dream 11 | Team 2

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Vaibhav Mukhija
Not a professional player but cricket is like life to me. An ardent Sachin Tendulkar & Rohit Sharma fan. Sitting in front of TV ,Watching cricket for hours has been my life for last several years. Love to read , write about the sport I love.

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