Host India will be looking to draw first blood when they will face Sri Lanka in the second game of T20 series at Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on Tuesday.
The home side will be all geared up to deliver a clinical performance with bat and ball in this fixture. Captain Virat Kohli and co. were left frustrated after the opening game of the series was abandoned due to wet outfield.
In the batting department, the team will be dependent on the experienced trio of Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Lokesh Rahul to do bulk of the scoring, whereas rookie all-rounder Shivam Dube will be looking to go berserk and pile on the runs in the later stages of the innings.
India will be hoping that the opening pair of Lokesh Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan can get the side off to decent start.
Shreyas Iyer, Shivam Dube and wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant have contributed well to the teams cause in the T20 format this season.
In the bowling department, the focus will be on Jaspreet Bumrah, Shardul Thakur and Kuldeep Yadav to make early breakthroughs with the new-ball. Bumrah will be making his return to the national side after being out of action since August 2019 due to back injury.
Teams will compete in the second T20I of three-match series on Tuesday
For Sri Lanka, this will be a good opportunity to turn their fortunes in the T20 format after being thrashed 3-0 in Australia. Lasith Malinga-led unit will be looking to spring a surprise and deliver a strong show with bat and ball against India.
In the batting department, the responsibility will be on the likes of Kusal Perera, Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Oshada Fernando to provide stability, whereas the all-rounders Isuru Udana and Dasun Shanaka will be tasked to provide big finish to the innings.
In the bowling department, Lasith Malinga and Lahiru Kumara will be leading the pace attack, whereas Dhananjaya de Silva and Wanindu Hasaranga will share the spin department.
The pitch at Holkar Cricket Stadium is expected to be produce high-scoring game between India and Sri Lanka. Bowlers will have to toil hard on such a docile surface.