Resilient Dhoni’s Team India Look to Win T20 Series Against SL
India take on Sri Lanka in the third and final T20 at Visakhapatnam on Sunday.
- India take on Sri Lanka in the third and final T20 at Visakhapatnam on Sunday.
- The series is poised at 1-1 after two games.
- Buoyed by an overwhelming victory in the second T20 at Ranchi on Friday, a resilient India would look to continue the momentum and seal off their second successive T20 series win.
Buoyed by an overwhelming victory in the second T20 at Ranchi on Friday, a resilient India would look to continue the momentum and seal off their second successive T20 series win when they take on Sri Lanka in the third and final T20 International at Visakhapatnam on Sunday.
India shrugged off their embarrassing defeat in the opening T20 match in Pune with a commanding show in Ranchi, where they outclassed the islanders by 69 runs to level the series.
The Indian batsmen had struggled to cope with the ‘green’ track in Pune but adjusted well on a slow pitch at Ranchi, where they did not put a foot wrong.
The bowlers, too, were in complete control, never letting the Sri Lankan batsmen dominate. Moreover, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s captaincy was impressive and all his experiments, be it reshuffling of the batting order or bowling tactics, paid off.
Flying Start by Indian Openers
The flying start that openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma provided India, gave Dhoni a chance to experiment with the batting order.
The move to send Hardik Pandya ahead of himself and Yuvraj Singh worked well as the young batsman came up with a fiery cameo.
However, Yuvraj Singh, who came to bat at number seven, did not get enough time and was out for a duck. It will be good if the elegant left-hander gets some time to spend in the middle before the next month’s World T20.
Dhoni has conceded that it will be difficult to send him up the order since the top-four are doing extremely well but showed intent of giving Yuvraj more chances to bat for a longer period.
Sri Lanka’s Concerns
The Sri Lankan pace trio of Kasun Rajitha, Dushmantha Chameera and Dasun Shanaka caused a lot of trouble for the Indians in Pune but they were hammered around in Ranchi by the in-form Indian batsman and the visiting bowlers are unlikely to get any respite.
Thisara Perera got a hat-trick but it came too late.
Sri Lanka would hope that their batsmen do better, specially opener Tillakaratne Dilshan, who is the most experienced player in the squad in the absence of many seniors.
With the series poised at 1-1, both teams will be keen to end it on a winning note, going into Asia Cup and then the World T20.
T20 is a fickle format but it looks extremely difficult for the Sri Lankans to topple the home team unless they raise their game by several notches.
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