India Vs Sri Lanka first T20
Question in detailIndia Vs Sri Lanka first T20, match preview: A series win both in Tests and ODIs each is certainly not enough to satiate India's hunger to win there is still a lot to their ploy. The men in blue now would like to wrap the things winning the T20 series, which is scheduled to begin in Cuttack on December 20. Lankans, on the other hand, will be eyeing a winning start to their limited-over campaign like they got in the just-concluded ODI series.
When the two teams gather to contest for the first match in Cuttack, the disrespectful flashbacks of the crowds' hullabaloo at the venue during India Vs South Africa's T20 in August this year will get a revival. If you remember, the crowd couldn't stomach their team's sorry performance that led Africa to an invincible 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Their frustration reached the extent that the crowd started throwing projectiles, including water bottles onto the ground. As those unruly memories still somewhere remain afloat in our mind, we won't like to witness the same.
If their middle-order had contributed to converting a solid start (160 for 2 in the 3rd ODI) into a massive total, they could have recorded their first ever series win in India. Well what's done is done. Rather than looking back on how the tour so far has passed by for them, Lanka will now be looking forward to bidding a respectful farewell from India with at least T20 series win. Hardly do they stand any chance to win India Vs Sri Lanka first T20; it would require them something magical out of their bag.
Lanka has been on constant decline on this Indian tour. They bounced back too at times, but not when it really mattered. Nonetheless an approach to never quit could still lead Lanka to what they had meant business ahead of this nightmarish tour. The visitors have got more than just one reason to their apathy, turning hapless to helpless and getting average to below average. There seems a sense of disunity in this Lankan squad as they haven't yet played like a unit. A few out of them have given notable performances time to time, but in pieces. That's where India far outweighs Lanka on the winning quantum.
India's playing XI for the first T20 against SL could be as: Rohit Sharma(c), Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Deepak Hooda, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj/Jaydev Unadkat.
Does Sri Lanka stand any chance to win the 1st T20 in Cuttack?