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Focus on Bumrah as India take on Sri Lanka in 1st T20I

Guwahati: Staff India will unofficially begin their preparations for the World T20 after they tackle Sri Lanka within the three-match collection opener on the Barsapara Cricket Stadium on Sunday.

The Males in Blue, who loved a quick break, are coming into this contest on the again of T20I collection victories in opposition to Bangladesh and West Indies respectively and thus can be brimming with confidence.

Because the collection has been sandwiched between the Australia ODIs and the New Zealand tour thereafter, the three T20Is in opposition to Sri Lanka won’t entice that a lot consideration as anticipated in the course of the matches performed at house.

Nonetheless, the collection will maintain a lot significance for tempo spearhead Jasprit Bumrah who can be making his return to worldwide cricket. Bumrah has been out of motion after India’s tour of the West Indies in July-August because of a stress fracture on his again and thus can be rearing to go and carry out for the crew.

The 26-year-old has additionally been included within the ODI squad for the three-match collection in opposition to Australia, which can happen after the T20Is in opposition to Sri Lanka.

One other essential space of focus for the hosts in the course of the three T20Is can be the type of Shikhar Dhawan.

Dhawan, like Bumrah, was not a part of the West Indies collection after he damage his knee in the course of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. The left-handed opener was not at his very best within the T20I collection in opposition to Bangladesh and confronted criticism from a number of quarters.

Nonetheless, not too long ago, he scored a century within the Ranji Trophy and confirmed glimpses of returning to kind. Alongside KL Rahul, he can be opening the innings in all of the three matches in opposition to Sri Lanka and thus skipper Virat Kohli would need the southpaw to roar and return to his standard finest.

In absence of Rohit Sharma, who has been given a relaxation after fairly some time, the batting would revolve round Kohli who is about to surpass the star Indian opener on the subject of main run-scorers within the shortest format of the sport.

For Sri Lanka, the collection can be about breaking the shackles and ensure they current a tricky competitors to the hosts, in opposition to whom they’ve by no means been in a position to win a bilateral T20I collection.

Moreover veteran pacer Lasith Malinga, the island crew has gamers who’ve huge expertise in worldwide cricket like Angelo Mathews, Isuru Udana, Kusal Mendis and so on and thus, their followers can be hoping to see a crew effort to cease India on their very own yard. Nonetheless, going by the present kind and data, that doesn’t appear to be occurring.

India and Sri Lanka have confronted one another in 16 T20Is, out of which India have gained 11 — joint most for them in opposition to all opponents confronted in shortest format.

The pitch at Guwahati usually tends to be on the slower aspect and thus each the groups can be tempted to subject a spin-heavy assault.

Squads:

India: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Shivam Dube, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur, Manish Pandey, Washington Sundar, Sanju Samson.

Sri Lanka: Lasith Malinga (c), Dhanushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Angelo Mathews, Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya De Silva, Isuru Udana, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Oshada Fernando, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lahiru Kumara, Kusal Mendis, Lakshan Sandakan, Kasun Rajitha

 

(IANS)

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