Hardik Pandya: “In bowling and batting, the powerplay hurt us. We made some basic errors, which we shouldn’t be making at this level. Everyone knows what it is, The learning for us is we should be focussing on what we can control. You can have a good day, and you can have a bad day, but you shouldn’t be moving away from the basics. For Arshdeep, in this situation, it is very difficult. It is not about blaming him or being too hard on him, but we know no-balls in any format are a crime. Rahul is accustomed to playing at no. 3, and if someone comes in, we want to give them a role they are comfortable with. That’s why he batted at No. 3.”
Dasun Shanaka, the Player of the Match: “To be honest, we would have done better in the middle part because the openers set us up well. Surya and Axar were outstanding, but still, we managed to hold our nerve. It’s good to defend a total like this especially against India in Indian conditions.”
Pitch and weather:, Unlike many other venues, teams batting first at the MCA stadium, across all T20s, have won more games than chasing teams: 34 vs 29. On a black-soil surface here, spinners have done slightly better than fast bowlers, their economy being 7.37 as compared to 7.97 for seamers. Once again, there is not much dew expected, with the temperature at night hovering around 18°C.
India vs Sri Lanka Highlights today. 2nd T20I (N), Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune, Thursday 5-1-2023, Sri Lanka tour of India 2023.
Toss: India will bowl first.
India team: Ishan Kishan†, Shubman Gill, SA Yadav, RA Tripathi, DJ Hooda, HH Pandya*, AR Patel, Umran Malik, Shivam Mavi, YS Chahal, Arshdeep Singh
Sri Lanka team: P Nissanka, BKG Mendis†, DM de Silva, KIC Asalanka, PBB Rajapaksa, MD Shanaka*, PWH de Silva, C Karunaratne, M Theekshana, CAK Rajitha, D Madushanka
Head to Head In Test’s: 27
India Won: 18
Sri Lanka Won: 8
India Test Rankings: 1st
Sri Lanka Test Rankings: 8th
(Last five completed matches, most recent first)
Sri Lanka WLWLL
Match Timings: 1:30 PM GMT | 7:00 PM Local
Umpires – Jayaraman Madanagopal, Nitin Menon
TV Umpire – KN Ananthapadmanabhan
Match Referee – Javagal Srinath
Reserve Umpire – Anil Chaudhary
Match number – T20I no. 1985