India looks for home run, Lanka to play for pride in lone T20

India looks for home run, Lanka to play for pride in lone T20

After an exceptional performance by India in the Test and ODI series against Sri Lanka, which resulted in a clean slate in both the formats, India is now eyeing winning the only T20 which will be held today at Sri Lankan capital Colombo to make it 9-0 on their Sri Lanka tour.

Sri Lanka, on the other hand, will be hoping they can salvage some pride through the shortest format.

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However, India has not been quite mighty in T20s this year as they have been in Tests and ODIs, having lost two of their last four matches.

For Sri Lanka, T20s are the only format in which they have a positive win-loss ratio. They have beaten Australia and South Africa 2-1 before drawing the Bangladesh series 1-1 this year.

It will be interesting to see who opens the innings for the Men in Blue after Shikhar Dhawan returned home to attend to his ailing mother.

Although skipper Virat Kohli had open the innings against West Indies a couple of months ago and also against England earlier in the year, K.L. Rahul is most likely to start the proceedings for India alongside Rohit Sharma.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka roped in the services of leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay and seam-bowling all-rounder Dasun Shanaka after a revised T20 squad was unveiled on Monday. It should be noted that it will also be Upul Tharanga’s first match as a full-time T20 skipper.

India squad: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, K.L. Rahul, Manish Pandey, Ajinkya Rahane, Kedar Jadhav, M.S. Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shardul Thakur.

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Sri Lanka squad: Upul Tharanga (c), Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dilshan Munaweera, Dasun Shanaka, Milinda Siriwardana, Wanidu Hasaranga, Akila Dananjaya, Jeffrey Vandersay, Isuru Udana, Seekkuge Prasanna, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal and Vikum Sanjaya.

With Inputs From ANI

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