The diagnosis for both the Sri Lanka and India attacks is roughly the same: a shortage of international experience. Where the likes of Lasith Malinga (in his pomp) or Jasprit Bumrah are capable of reacting swiftly to a batting onslaught, and moving to an effective Plan B or C, these bowlers have tended to wilt under duress. A boundary early in an over has often drawn mistakes soon after. Powerplays and death overs have proved unusually productive for adventurous batsmen. Only legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal has been both economical and penetrative. He has gone at seven an over, when rates of around 10 have been the norm so far among the frontline bowlers.
Such was the beating Sri Lanka’s bowlers received at the hands of Bangladesh that it is their attack that arrives a little more bruised into Monday’s encounter. Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Pradeep and Akila Dananjaya were all attacked at the top of the innings and at the death. Thisara Perera had initially fared better, but his own figures were not much prettier than the frontliners’ by the end. India’s bowlers, meanwhile, have at least one strong performance behind them in the tournament, but that was against a Bangladesh side that was batting some distance below their best (by their own admission). Sri Lanka’s top order, which has been impressive in four successive T20s, may again test India’s resolve.
When: 12 March, 07:00 PM IST
Venue: R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Venue Stats T20:
Total matches 30
Matches won batting first 15
Matches won bowling first 14
Average 1st Inns scores 157
Average 2nd Inns scores 136
Highest total recorded 215/4 (19.4 Ov) by BAN vs SL
Lowest total recorded 80/10 (17.2 Ov) by AFG vs ENG
Highest score chased 215/4 (19.4 Ov) by BAN vs SL
Lowest score defended 115/6 (20 Ov) by RSA vs SL
There is a chance that evening showers could interrupt play. A pitch favourable for batting is expected.
Last Five Matches Performance
Sri Lanka: L W W W L
India: W L W L W
Sri Lanka might be tempted to bring Suranga Lakmal inn with Chameera or Akila Dananjaya making way way for him.
Moreover with Chandimal copping a ban for an over-rate offence, Dhananjaya De Silva can get a game.
India can give M Siraj a chance in place of Shardul Thakur, if they made any change.
Deepak Hooda was seen Practicing at the nets so there is little chance of him getting a chance.
Dinesh Chandimal (c), Upul Tharanga, Dhananjaya De Silva, Danushka Gunathilaka, Akila Dananjaya, Kusal Mendis, Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Janith Perera, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Suranga Lakmal (vc), Isuru Udana, Amila Aponso, Nuwan Pradeep, Dushmantha Chameera.
Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant (wk), Lokesh Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Vijay Shankar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, Mohammed Siraj.
Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Perera (wk), Dananjaya de Silva, Upul Tharanga, Dasun Shanaka, Thisara Perera (capt), Jeevan Mendis, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Pradeep
Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina, Rishabh Pant, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Washington Sundar, Vijay Shankar, Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jaydev Unadkat.