Team India will look to continue its domination over Sri Lanka when they take on the Islanders in the second T20 International in Indore on Friday (December 22).
After winning the One-Day International series 2-1, Rohit Sharma & Co. thrashed the visitors in the opening T20I by a record margin of 93. After being asked to bat first, India rode on KL Rahul’s fifty and quickfire knocks from MS Dhoni and Manish Pandey to post a commanding 180 for 3. The hosts were off to a poor start as their in-form skipper Rohit Sharma was sent back for just 17. Rahul and Shreyas Iyer then steadied the ship with a 63-run stand. The onus was then taken by Dhoni and Pandey to guide India to a big total, and they did it in style. Both the batsmen played a flurry of big shots in the last five overs, collecting 66 runs from them to help India post a big total. Rahul top-scored for the hosts with 61 while Dhoni scored 39 off 22 and Pandey 32 off 18.
In reply, Sri Lanka were all out for just 87. The Islanders were looking set to give the hosts a hard time after racing away to 39 for 1 in the fifth over. However, their chase was completely derailed once Yuzvendra Chahal sent back Upul Tharanga. Right after Tharanga’s departure, the visitors kept on losing wickets at regular intervals before being folded up for a paltry 87. Chahal was the pick of the bowler for the hosts, picking up 4 for 23 and was well supported by Hardik Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav who bagged 3 and two wickets respectively.
And while India will be keen to wrap up the series in the upcoming game, there are also some major stats you all should know before the game. Here is a look at them.
- Mahendra Singh Dhoni has scored 244 runs in 11 innings at number four in T20Is, with a stunning average of 61 and a strike rate of 151.55 – his best average and strike-rate in any batting position in T20Is by a significant margin and will be looking to continue the same form.
- The Men in Blue have won 35 matches across formats in 2017 and are only behind Australia’s 38 and 35 wins in 2003 and 1999 respectively. A win here will take India’s tally to 36, and they could finish the year with 37 wins under their belt if they win the final match of the series too.
- Sri Lanka, on the other hand, have lost 38 of 55 games across formats this year, the most by any team in a calendar year.
- Yuzvendra Chahal has taken seven wickets against Sri Lanka in the shortest format of the game. If he takes two more wickets against the Islanders, then he will become the second leading wicket-taker against Sri Lanka in t20Is. Ravichandran Ashwin is leading the list with 11 wickets.