Date & Time: Sunday, January 05, 19:00 IST
Venue: Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati, India
The focus shifts towards Bumrah’s return to Internationals as India kick-off their quest to World T20
The return of Bumrah would be one of the major comebacks to look forward to in this series. Bumrah is coming nearly after six months, his last international match was in the World Cup against New Zealand. It’s not all about Bumrah too, as Dhawan is also one of the players who is making a comeback into the Indian side after an Injury. With Rohit on rest, Dhawan will look into capitalizing all the chance he gets, as his other opening partner has been having a dream run with the bat.
Sri Lanka on the other hand, would want their youngsters to perform like they did with Pakistan. However, they suffered a white-wash against Australia in their previous series. Sri Lanka has won only 8 matches out of their 21 since 2018 in T20Is, but they would be carrying a bit of confidence as India has also struggled in this format.
Bumrah is a straight entry into the playing XI, but the question is who would be the other pacers alongside him? Both Saini and Thakur have been expensive in their given chances and either Kuldeep or Chahal is expected to play. As For Sri Lanka, Malinga indicated that Mendis and Dickwella might not play this match.
India Probable XI: Lokesh Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shivam Dube, Ravidra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav/Yuzvendra Chahal, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah.
Sri Lanka Probable XI: Dhanushka Gunathilaka, Oshada Fernando, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera (wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksha, Angelo Mathews, Dasun Shanaka, Isuru Udana, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lasith Malinga (c), Kasun Rajitha.
Only one T20I has been played at this venue and it was a feast for the fast bowlers. Behrendorff went through the Indian top order with his left arm seam and India was bundled out for a meager score of 118. However, Kohli expects this pitch to be a high scoring one. Dew is expected to play a part.
Coming on back off a fantastic T20I year, Rahul will be looking forward to cement a spot in the playing XI for the World T20 later this year. In the last 5 international matches he has PPM of 67.6 that is next to Virat Kohli with an MDTA of 1.67. He is undeniably one of the must-haves in the fantasy team
After having a horrifying season in 2018, the Indian skipper was back to his old self in 2019 by scoring 466 runs at an average close to 80 and a strike rate of 148. On top of that he will be facing against an opponent who he has scored truck load of runs. In fact, in all the four innings he has played against Sri Lanka in T20Is he has scored a half century.
The old war horse has a huge responsibility of guiding the Sri Lankan youngsters before they can go into the T20 world cup. In the last five international T20 he has a PPM of a 52.8 and an MDTA of 1.67, his PPM is the best among the Sri Lankan players in the last 5 internationals.
In the last five international matches Kuldeep has been part of the dream team in all the matches. He has a PPM of 54.8 and an MDTA 1.0. The numbers suggests Kuldeep is one of the red hot picks in the fantasy team.