A washout in Guwahati has ensured that the two teams – India and Sri Lanka – will be coming to Indore fresh despite only a day’s break. While that extra period of relaxation would leave most players happy given a packed schedule they have been operating in for the last couple of months.
It isn’t the most pleasant news for Shardul Thakur and Navdeep Saini, both of whom are running with limited opportunities to stake a claim in the side.
So far, in their short international T20 careers, both of them have only one performance of note each — 3 for 17 on debut for Saini and 4 for 27 for Thakur against Sri Lanka in March 2018.
Neither have they picked ample wickets nor have their economies been on the lighter side, with both conceding more than 8 runs an over. A big impact performance still awaits them.
Sri Lanka won the toss and opt to bowl
Match: India vs Sri Lanka
Series: Sri Lanka tour of India, 2020
Date: Friday, January 10, 2020
Time: 19:00 local / 13:30 GMT / 18:30 PKT
Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
Umpires: Nitin Menon , Virender Sharma
Third Umpire: Chettithody Shamshuddin
Match Referee: David Boon
Weather and Pitch Conditions:
There has been heavy dew cover on the outfield for the last couple of days. While the use of anti-dew spray is expected to reduce that on the match day, it will still be enough for teams to want to chase. Expect the temperature to hover around 14 degrees Celcius with a mild breeze.
Today’s Playing XI:
Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(wk), Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Jasprit Bumrah
Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera (wk), Oshada Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Isuru Udana, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lahiru Kumara, Lasith Malinga (c)
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