Date: 28th July, 2021
Time: 8 PM IST
Venue: R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
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After winning the ODI series 2-1 against Sri Lanka, Team India have marked their dominance in the 3-match T20I series as well, winning the first game by 38 runs. Suryakumar Yadav and Shikhar Dhawan’s remarkable innings helped India put up a defendable total on the board, followed by Bhuvi’s 4-wicket haul which got the Lankans all out at 126.
However, in a recent Covid outbreak, all-rounder Krunal Pandya has tested positive and owing to the protocols the 2nd T20I has been postponed to July 28, as the players have to undergo one day isolation. As per reports, 7 players from Team India - Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, Prithvi Shaw, Ishan Kishan, Devdutt Padikkal, and K Gowtham, including Krunal are in isolation and are set to miss the 2nd and 3d T20I. Following which it might be challenging for the Indian side from hereon, however, India will still aim to clinch the series by winning the 2nd T20I whereas the home team will hope to bounce back against the Shikhar Dhawan-led side.
Given the performances the Indian side has shown in this tour, there are many positives to look at. Owing to Krunal Pandya’s positive test and other players who have been subjected to isolation, Team India is left with a handful of options to choose from. Having said that Shikhar Dhawan has been one of the most impressive performers of this tour which makes him a must have in one’s fantasy and a good captain choice too. Additionally, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar and Sanju Samson are the top picks for fantasy from the Indian side.
From the Sri Lankan side, Avishka Fernando is expected to perform well alongside Wanindu Hasaranga, who are the top picks from the Dasun Shanaka-led side. Besides, Dhananjay De Silva and Dushmantha Chameera can also fetch some good points in fantasy, contribution in their respective departments.
Probable Playing XI
Shikhar Dhawan (c), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Manish Pandey, Nitish Rana, Hardik Pandya, Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Varun Chakravarthy, Rahul Chahar/Kuldeep Yadav, Chetan Sakariya/Navdeep Saini
Avishka Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Ashen Bandara/ Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Isuru Udana, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera
Wicketkeepers: Sanju Samson
Batters: Manish Pandey, Shikhar Dhawan, Avishka Fernando, Charith Asalanka, Nitish Rana, Ruturaj Gaikwad
All-rounders: Wanindu Hasaranga, Dhananjaya de Silva
Bowlers: Yuzvendra Chahal, Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Dushmantha Chameera, Rahul Chahar
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