The Indian team will go down on Tuesday with the intention of winning the T20 series against Sri Lanka. India’s winning combination is unlikely to change after beating Sri Lanka by 38 runs in the first match. However, if the team management decides to rest Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav, who have been selected for the Test tour in Britain, then there may be changes in the team. The second match in Colombo will be played from 8.00 pm Indian time.
It is also expected that Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav will play at least in today’s match and they may be rested from the final match in case India win the series. Devdutt Padikkal and Rituraj Gaikwad may be preferred over Manish Pandey, who is in poor form, in the event of a change in plan.
On Tuesday, eyes will be on Samson, who has high hopes, but whenever he got a chance to play in the Indian jersey, he failed to live up to these expectations. Samson got enough opportunities to bat in the top order, but despite this, he could only score runs in 8 matches at an average of 13.75. Looking at the talented players coming out, Samson’s path is not going to be easy with this performance.
On the basis of performance, Rishabh Pant has left Samson far behind, while Ishan Kishan has also performed effectively when given limited opportunities. KL Rahul is also an option as a wicketkeeper in limited overs cricket and in such a situation, Samson does not have much time to impress with his performance.
National Cricket Academy (NCA) director Rahul Dravid also has high hopes from Samson and if he fails to score big in the next two matches, this series could prove to be his last chance.
Hardik Pandya’s batting form is also a matter of concern for the team, who has failed to impress against Sri Lanka so far. He has bowled fine, but he has failed to bowl like he did before the back surgery.
Indian bowlers performed brilliantly in the first match. Yuzvendra Chahal and Varun Chakraborty will try to impress once again. Both of them are posing a challenge for the place of the wrist spinner in the team.
With more than 20 players expected to be selected for the T20 World Cup to be held in the UAE, both Chakraborty and Chahal may find a place in the team. It will be a tougher challenge for Sri Lanka in T20 series than in ODIs as they do not have the players to change the course of the match by playing big shots consistently.
Charith Asalanka tried to put pressure on India by playing an innings of 44 runs in the first match, but the inexperience of Dasun Shanaka’s team of crucial occasions showed. The team lost the last six wickets on Monday adding just 15 runs.
The teams are as follows –
India: Shikhar Dhawan (captain), Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal, Rituraj Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Nitish Rana, Ishan Kishan, Sanju Samson, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rahul Chahar, K Gautam, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakraborty, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Chetan Sakaria.
Sri Lanka: Dasun Shanaka (Captain), Dhananjay de Silva, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapakse, Pathum Nisanka, Charith Asalanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Ashen Bandara, Minod Bhanuka, Lahiru Udara, Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Binura Fernando, Dushmantha Chandamira, Lakshmantha Santana Akila Dhananjay, Shiran Fernando, Dhananjay Lakshan, Ishaan Jayaratne, Praveen Jayavikrama, Asit Fernando, Kasun Rajita, Lahiru Kumara and Isuru Udana.