Before the ICC World Twenty20 is set to start from March 8, 2016, India is set to face Sri Lanka at home in a three-match Twenty20 (T20) series. The first match will be hosted by the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Gahunje.
India whitewashed Australia in Australia, 3-0. However, the conditions were suited for the away team. The track in Gahunje could pose some problems for India because of its unpredictable nature.
But recent history has shown India being quite dominating over Sri Lanka in the T20 format and with Lanka bringing in a depleted squad for the face-off the home team looks to be in a commanding position.
It has to be noted that India lost the 2014 World T20 final against Lanka in Bangladesh. Sri Lanka are yet to declare their team for the World T20 competition and the players will be eager to prove themselves against the mighty Indian team.
The 1996 world champions recently played a series in New Zealand and will find the boundary lines in India longer thus helping their spinners.
Pacers Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep, Nuwan Kulasekara, left-arm spinner Rangana Hearth, all-rounder Angelo Mathews and top order batsman Tillkaratne Dilshan are missing from the squad.
“We have young players eager to prove themselves” Dinesh Chandimal, captain of Sri Lanka stated, as reported by The Times Of India.
Chandrimal also stated that a bit of grass on the pitch along with the dew factor will help the visiting team.
“It’s a new stadium. But now the wicket has settled down a bit. With the straighter boundaries a bit shorter, these can quickly turn into good conditions for batsmen.” MS Dhoni, captain of India said.
The home team has a very strong lineup at its disposal. Yuvraj Singh, Ashish Nehra, Manish Pandey, Pawan Negi, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Jusprit Bumrah are all itching to make their mark before the ICC World T20 and Dhoni will have a few selection headaches before each match.
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