This article will talk about the probable XIs for both teams and continue with the Dream11 predictions and the winning fantasy team for the second T20I between Sri Lanka and India that is scheduled to take place on the 27th of July 2021.
After the completion of the ODI series, India started the T20I series in the same form. India won the first T20I by 38 runs. Earlier, India started well after losing an early wicket of Prithvi Shaw as the visitors crossed the 50 runs mark at the end of the powerplay. Suryakumar Yadav scored a fifty as India posted a total of 164 runs. In the second inning, the Sri Lankan middle-order collapsed as the home team lost the game.
In this match, India will aim to seal the series with a victory and Sri Lanka has to look at their batting order. The openers will look to convert their starts into a big one. They will aim to put up a tough fight in this match and level the series as the home.
Venue: M Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Pitch and Weather: The pitch of Colombo played well in the first T20I match. The batsmen found it easy to score in the powerplay overs. Bowlers might come into a game in the middle phase but overall it will be the batting pitch at this venue. The average score should be around 160 to 170 in this match. The weather should be clear throughout the match as the complete game is expected without any interruption due to rain. The temperature will be around 28°C during the match hours.
Date & Time: July 28, 8 PM
Probable Playing XIs
Sri Lanka can make a couple of changes in this match after a one-sided defeat in the first T20I match. Lakshan Sandakan can replace Akila Dananjaya as a leading spinner. Ashen Bandara can be replaced by Bhanuka Rajapaksa in the batting order. Wanindu Hasaranga has to contribute with the bat if Sri Lanka wants to make a comeback in this series. The pacers did well in the first T20I match so they will aim to continue their good rhythm.
India would not like to make any changes as they won the first T20I match comfortably. Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw will open for India. Surya Kumar will again be an important player in the middle overs along with Ishan Kishan. Hardik Pandya didn’t look in good form, so he will aim to score some runs in this match. All bowlers have bowled well in the last match so the bowling attack is likely to be unchanged for the second T20I match. In the absence of Krunal Pandya, Krishnappa Gowtham might get his debut cap for India in T20s.
Avishka Fernando, Minod Bhanuka(wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya De Silva, Dasun Shanaka(c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Isuru Udana, Dushmantha Chameera, Lakshan Sandakan
Devdutt Padikkal, Shikhar Dhawan(c), Prithvi Shaw, Ishan Kishan(wk), Surya Kumar Yadav, Sanju Samson, Hardik Pandya, Krishnappa Gowtham, Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Varun Chakravarthy
India has been the dominant side in all three departments compared to the Sri Lankan in this tour so, India will start as favorites in this second T20I match as well.
Batsmen: Shikhar Dhawan and Surya Kumar Yadav will be automatic choices from India. Both the players scored runs in the first T20I match. Avishka Fernando scored 26 runs for Sri Lanka. Asalanka also showed brilliance with the bat as the middle-order player scored 44 runs in the last match.
Wicket-Keeper: Sanju Samson will be the best pick from the wicket-keeping section. He scored 27 runs in the last match and played some brilliant shots against spin bowling.
All-Rounders: Hardik Pandya and Wanindu Hasaranga can be picked from the all-rounder’s section. Hardik Pandya took one wicket and scored 10 runs in the last match. Hasaranga also picked two wickets.
Bowlers: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, and Yuzvendra Chahal will be the important options from the Indian team. Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked four wickets in the last match. Deepak Chahar picked two and Chahal also took one wicket in the last match.
Fantasy Tips: Shikhar Dhawan(c), Surya Kumar Yadav, Sanju Samson, Avishka Fernando, Charith Asalanka, Hardik Pandya, Wanindu Hasaranga(VC), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Dushmantha Chameera.
Captain – Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan has been the consistent performer for India in this tour, so he will be the best pick for Captain in this match.
Vice-Captain – Wanindu Hasaranga
Wanindu Hasaranga took two wickets in the last match and he will also contribute with bat in the slog overs. So, Hasaranga will be the best pick for vice-captain in this match.
A Cricket Writer