The 2nd match of the Mastercard T20 trophy will be played between India and Sri Lanka, at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, in Pune India. The match will start at 7:00 PM IST.
Wow! what a clip hanger of a 1st match of the series to start the new year. The visiting captain Dasun Shanaka won the toss and invited India to bat to a rollicking start. The Indian team got 17 runs of the first over but in the third over Maheesh Theekshana got the Indian opener Shubman gill out and after that it was a procession of going wickets, with Suryakumar Yadav out for just a score of 7 runs, and immediately Sanju Samson for just 5 runs of 6 balls.
The only shining light in India’s innings was Ishan Kishan who scored 37 runs of 32 balls, with captain Hardik Pandya scoring 27 of 29 ball. Axar Patel and Deepak Hooda’s substantial Partnership of 68 runs of 43 balls stood out, taking India to a respectable total of 162 runs. The Indian bowlers bold exemplarily well to finish Sri Lankan of for a score of nail biting 160 runs and won the game by 2 runs.
It was a daring captaincy by captain Hardik Pandya to give the last over of the match to Axar Patel with 13 runs to defend.
Axar Patel was hit for a six on the very first ball of the over then he controlled his numbers and the Indian team got two run outs to finish the game off. If you look at this game from Sir Lankan perspective, it was their game to win. But the loss of a couple of wickets led to panic and reckless play of shots, costing them the game. The scarcity of quality application in the Sri Lankan batters was damaging and a blatant exhibition of inexperience.
If Sri Lanka want to win games, they need runs from their top order. Getting runs from the top order against good teams will give them a sense of a collaborative unit, putting in desirable performances. The Sri Lankan team needs to go ahead with a calm approach maintaining a consistency in taking a couple of singles in between the two or three boundaries per over. Lets see what measures both teams come with in this match.
TFG Fantasy Stars for IND vs Sri Lanka
Ishan Kishan is a basher of a cricket ball, who if settled down there is no mercy for any bowler. He can play a strikingly good back foot punch through the covers and can also play a destructive sweep shot through deep mid-wicket. he can walk the ball over long-on for a gigantic six and run away with the game. He has played 22 T20I International matches, scored 626 runs with the bat, with an average of 29.80 and a strike rate of 129.07 in his T20I International career so far.
Suryakumar Yadav is an incredibly talented player, who can play both conventional and unconventional shots. His cover drive is a thing of beauty and his pull shot through square leg is fantabulous. He plays some cheeky shots like the sweep through fine leg and the flick over fine leg for a six. All in all he is a 360-degree angle cricketer. Yadav has played 43 T20I International matches, scored 1415 runs with the bat, with an average of 42.87 and a strike rate of 179.56 in his T20I International career so far.
Deepak Hooda can play well straight down the ground with the spin and play classy sweep short through the leg side. He also hits a perfectly glorious cut shot with the spin through the offside. Deepak has played 16 T20I International matches, scored 343 runs with the bat, with an average of 38.11 and a strike rate of 153.12 in his T20I International career so far.
Dasun Shanaka plays an appealing pull shot and a splendid back foot punch, with a lovely cut shot he can also char the ball through the cover. He is a tactically worthy captain and can contribute equally well both with the bat and the ball. Dasun has played 83 T20I International matches, scored 1249 runs with the bat, with an average of 20.47 and a strike rate of 118.83 in his T20I International career so far.
Charith Asalanka plays beautiful cover drives through the covers and can cut the ball seriously hard through the offside. His flick through the onside is striking. Asalanka has played 32 T20I International matches, scored 673 runs with the bat, with an average of 24.03 and a strike rate of 117.86 in his T20I International career so far.
Pathum Nissanka plays a beautiful straight drive Straight past the bowler down the ground and hits a picturesque square through offside. He also plays a delightful lustrous extra cover drive with the spin over covers. Pathum has played 37 T20I International matches, scored 1016 runs with the bat, with an average of 29.02 and a strike rate of 113.90 in his T20I International career so far.