The first T20 match ended in a disappointment for the Indian cricket fans. While the 3-0 emphatic win over Australia was still fresh in the minds of people, the batting collapse at Pune showcased a dismal performance from the team. Yes, the pitch was hard to bat on; but some kind of respectable score would have provide more cushion to the bowlers. Anyway, it's gone and time to look forward. Still two matches to go and India has a chance to bounce back and clinch the series. Time for the preview of the 2nd T20 match to be played today at Ranchi. Watch the live streaming and telecast of this match on Star Sports HD network and HotStar live match app.
Indian skipper MS Dhoni described the Pune track as 'English'. Now its time for him and his team to turn tables on the opposition as he would enjoy playing in his own backyard. We might expect a high scoring wicket here in Ranchi which is hosting its first ever T20 International match.
The JSCA International Stadium Complex here in Ranchi has hosted three ODI matches in the past. The one between India and Australia ended without any result. India won the rest of the two matches. Plus these matches saw a good number of runs scored. The viewers may see some rough patches in the outfield which would also give a tough time to the fielders. The reason being the officials never got enough time to prepare the ground for this match. Initially this match was supposed to be held in Delhi which was shifted to Ranchi later.
Sri Lanka has pitched in a relatively inexperienced team. They are on a roll after winning the first T20 match against the number one ranked T20 side. They have nothing to lose. They can go in today with all cylinders full and strive to nail the series. Rajitha, Chameera and Shanaka did a great job with the ball at Pune.
Indian batsmen would need to concentrate on the conditions of each and every venue. They can't just have one game plan of going out and try to score with big shots. It is imperative to understand the conditions first. This would be highly applicable in this series, Asia Cup and T20 World Cup 2016. Good that the team has good amount of time to learn this.
Unlike the test or the ODI format, the T20 matches can turn the course within few minutes. So the match may swing either ways. An over with two wickets or couple of sixes can change the outcome. Indian skipper Dhoni needs to try out combinations with bowling as well as batting to set the right momentum ahead of the ICC T20 event. Will he give someone like Harbhajan Singh a go ahead is a question.