The Indian cricket team was gifted with a surprise defeat against an inexperienced Sri Lanka team in the first T20 International at Pune on Tuesday. After whitewashing Australia in their own den, the home team was expecting something similar against its sub continental neighbors. However, things did not go as plan for India captain MS Dhoni.
The second and penultimate T20I matches of the series will be played at Dhoni’s hometown Ranchi. The Men in Blue will look to hit Sri Lanka with a bang because they will lose the number one spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) T20I Rankings if they lose on Friday.
Live Streaming details of the 2nd T20I match:
TV Channel: Star Sports 1, HD1 (English), Star Sports 3, HD3 (Hindi), Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD
Date: February 12, 2016
Time: 14:00 GMT/9:00 ET/19:30 IST
Venue: JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi
The absence of star India batsman Virat Kohli was felt in the last match as the Sri Lankan fast bowlers took full advantage on a green pitch. However, with one of the strongest batting lineups in world cricket, it will be strange if any changes are made to the batting lineup.
Meanwhile, experienced spinner Harbhajan Singh might be brought in to replace Hardik Pandya.
Tillakaratne Dilshan is likely to be back for Sri Lanka after missing the first T20I match. He is likely to replace Danushka Gunathilaka at the top of the order.
Possible squad: India vs. Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I, Ranchi
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajunkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (Captain & Wicket Keeper), Harbhajan Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra.
Sri Lanka XI
Dinesh Chandimal (C), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Niroshan Dickwella (WK), Sekkuge Prasanna, Milinda Siriwardana, Chamara Kapugedara, Dasun Shanaka, Thisara Perera, Kasun Rajitha, Sachithra Senanayake, Dushmantha Chameera.
After a pacer friendly green pitch in Pune, Ranchi is expected to provide a more spinner friendly track. The Indian Premier League (IPL) matches have shown the Ranchi pitch to be favoring the spinners and it is expected to stay the same.
The weather is predicted to be pleasant, with temperature hovering around 21-25 °C.
Last 5 matches
India: L-W-W-W-NR (No Result)
Sri Lanka: W-L-L-L-W
India have failed to win their last three T20I at home.
The last time India and Sri Lanka played at Ranchi, it was a One Day International (ODI) which India won.
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