Sri Lanka Tour of India 2023: India vs Sri Lanka – 2nd T20I Preview and Updates

The second Twenty20 International (T20I) of India’s three-match series against Sri Lanka takes place on Thursday evening at the Maharashtra Stadium. The first match was a nail-biter in Mumbai, with India winning by two runs while successfully defending their total of 162-5. Continue reading for a preview of this match. The second game of the series begins at 19:00 local time in Pune.

India was nowhere near their best in the series opener on Tuesday, but a few players stood out. We anticipate that more players will participate in this match.

Sri Lanka showed great character to stay in the hunt for the first match and almost won the final over. They could very well challenge again in this game with a slightly better performance.

The 2nd T20I between India vs Sri Lanka will take place on January 5th, 2023 at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune.

Match Details to Note

Match: India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I, Sri Lanka Tour of India 2023

Date: January 05, 2023 (Thursday)                                             

Time: 7:00 PM IST

Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune

India vs Sri Lanka

India vs Sri Lanka

India (Match Odds – 1.33):


Hardik Pandya, the captain, was only able to bowl three overs on Tuesday due to cramps and had to leave the field at one point. However, in the post-game press conference, he assured fans that there was nothing to worry about and that he expected to be fully fit to lead the team in this match.

Suryakmuar Yadav, the third batter, hit a four on Tuesday, and we don’t believe he has suddenly turned into a bad player. He’ll enjoy the pace of the wicket, and we anticipate a big score in this game.

Hardik Pandya returned an impressive 0-12 with all three of his overs falling during the Powerplay. He is excited to bowl on this pitch in Pune.

In the first game, debutant Shivam Mavi equaled the most wickets taken by an India player on their T20I debut. He was also the most efficient of the Indian players who bowled four overs.

India has only lost one of their last seven Twenty20 Internationals, and their victory on Tuesday demonstrated that they can handle pressure.

Full Squad:

Hardik Pandya (Captain), Suryakumar Yadav (Vice Captain), Ishan Kishan (WK), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson (WK), Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Arshdeep Singh(Bowler), Harshal Patel, Umran Malik, Shivam Mavi, Mukesh Kumar

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Possible Playing XI:

Hardik Pandya (c), Ishan Kishan, Shubman Gill, Sanju Sampson (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel

Sri Lanka (Match Odds – 3-35):


Kasun Rajitha was the only Sri Lanka bowler who did not take a wicket and was expensive in the first T20I, but he made a very impressive debut here seven years ago and we expect him to keep his place in the side. The team is not concerned about any injuries ahead of this game.

Pathum Nissanka was bowled at the Wankhede Stadium after receiving a good delivery from debutant Shivam Mavi. However, he is a calm individual who has the potential to make a significant contribution in this match.

In Mumbai, vice-captain Wanindu Hasaranga produced with both bat and ball. He made quick runs after dismissing Sanju Samson and will be an important player for Sri Lanka in this game.

The spinner Maheesh Theekshana trapped Shubman Gill lbw in his first over, changing the game’s momentum. He is a consistent wicket-taker in all formats and on all pitches.

Since the Super 12 stage of the 2022 T20 World Cup, Sri Lanka has struggled in this format. They have only won one of their last five Twenty20 Internationals.

Full Squad:

Dasun Shanaka (Captain), Pathum Nissanka, Avishka Fernando, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Kusal Mendis, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga (Vice Captain), Ashen Bandara, Maheesh Theekshana, Chamika Karunaratne, Dilshan Madushanka, Kasun Rajitha, Dunith Wellalage, Pramod Madushan, Lahiru Kumara, Nuwan Thushara

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Possible Playing XI:

Dasun Shanaka (c), Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Charith Asalanka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Pramod Madushan, Dilshan Madushanka

India vs Sri Lanka Top Team Batsmen

With the bat, we support Suryakumar Yadav, Shubman Gill, and Ishan Kishan for India. Yadav is the clear favourite to lead India to victory, and despite his brief appearance at the crease on Tuesday, he exuded confidence. Kishan led the way at the top of the order, hitting 37 in the first game of the series.

Our batting picks for Sri Lanka are Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, and Dhananjaya de Silva. Nissanka is the favourite to be Sri Lanka’s leading run scorer, and he has delivered for his team on numerous occasions in the last year. Dhananjaya is the player with the highest T20I score at this venue.

India vs Sri Lanka Top Team Bowlers

Our picks for India’s top bowlers are Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, and Shivam Mavi. Chahal has taken nine wickets in nine T20Is against Sri Lanka. Patel was given the final over to bowl in Mumbai and clearly has his captain’s trust.

For Sri Lanka, we recommend Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana, and Kasun Rajitha with the ball. Hasaranga bowls in the middle overs and consistently picks up wickets against batters looking to increase their run-rate. Rajitha was wicketless on Tuesday, but she has been in superb international form in recent months.

India vs Sri Lanka Head to Head

With the narrow victory at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday, India extended their overall head-to-head lead over Sri Lanka to ten matches. India has won nine of the last twelve matches.

India vs Sri Lanka Head to Head Stats in T20s

Matches Played IND Won SL Won Tie NR
Overall 27 18 8 0 1

India vs Sri Lanka Toss Prediction

We predict that both captains will want to field first in this match, as the team batting second has won two of the three T20Is at this venue.

India vs Sri Lanka Pitch Report

Quick bowlers have a better overall record than spinners in T20 matches at this venue, and we expect that to continue in this game. In Pune, a par score will be around 170.

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There will be some cloud cover, but no rain is expected during the evening game. The humidity level will rise above 50%, but not high enough to cause problems for the fielding team in the second half of the game.

India vs Sri Lanka Prediction

We anticipate another close match, but expect India’s batters to score more runs at the top of the order. Overall, we expect Sri Lanka to be competitive, but we expect India to win again. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!

India vs Sri Lanka is the favourite to beat India vs Sri Lanka at the odds of 1.33.

India vs Sri Lanka Most Recommended Player for Bet:

Suryakumar Yadav had a slow start to this series, but we expect him to rebound with a big score in this game. He is our pick to be India’s top run-scorer in this T20I.

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