They can even be keen to full a hat-trick of whitewashes in white ball cricket, after they tackle the islanders within the last two T20Is on the picturesque Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala throughout the weekend.
After Thursday’s scientific 62-run victory, the Rohit Sharma-led outfit prolonged their profitable streak to 10 T20I video games, their longest within the shortest format. Yet to cement their spots within the enjoying eleven, the likes of Shreyas Iyer and Ishan Kishan got here up with rollicking performances to remind the selectors that they are going to be robust contenders when the staff for the World Cup in Australia is picked.
Kishan, the 23-12 months-previous from Jharkhand, blasted a profession-greatest 89 whereas opening the innings along with his skipper, earlier than Iyer lit up the Ekana Stadium in the direction of the latter half of the innings with an unbeaten 57 off 28 balls. It was a distinct Kishan on present from the earlier series in opposition to the West Indies, the place he struggled to get going and made simply 71 runs in three innings.
“He (Ishan) constructed the innings very well after six overs, which is usually a challenge for him because we know he likes to play his shots. It was not about coming and hitting the ball, it was also about finding the gaps,” Rohit stated after the sport.
For Iyer, it was a case of grabbing the restricted alternatives with each arms, after having warmed the bench on the Eden Gardens. While comeback man Sanju Samson didn’t get an opportunity to bat within the first match, Young Ruturaj Gaikwad has failed to get better from the wrist damage he sustained on Friday and is out.
Rohit Sharma and Dasun Shanaka with the T20I series trophy. (ANI Photo)
Fielding stays India’s solely concern
Though most issues went India’s means, fielding stays the staff’s solely weak hyperlink. Not solely within the first T20I, the place each Iyers – Venkatesh and Shreyas – dropped sitters, the hosts have been additionally discovered missing within the division throughout the earlier series in opposition to the Caribbean aspect.
Acknowledging the problem, Rohit stated the staff cannot afford such lapses heading into the showpiece occasion Down Under. “It is consistently happening. We are dropping easy catches which is not expected at this level. Our fielding coach has some work to do. We want to improve on this and come Australia, we want to be a great fielding side,” Rohit stated.
Batting blues hang-out guests
Barring vice-captain Charith Asalanka’s 47-ball 53, Sri Lanka can have little or no positives to carry from their first outing. Asalanka, who endured a torrid time in Australia, made full use of the life he received from Shreyas early on in his innings, and supplied some respectability to the staff’s chase.
Visiting skipper Dasun Shanaka admitted his aspect was outplayed in all three departments. “We were really poor in all three departments. They batted beautifully, read the game and conditions really well,” Shanaka stated.
The HPCA Cricket Stadium in Dharamsala. (PTI Photo)
Theekshana, Mendis out
Also, the absence of their first selection spinners – Maheesh Theekshana (nursing hamstring damage) and Wanindu Hasaranga (nonetheless in isolation in Australia due to Covid-19) – made issues worse, because the comparatively inexperienced spin duo of Praveen Jayawickrama and Jeffrey Vandersay have been handled with disdain by the house batters.
Later within the night, the guests added Niroshan Dickwella and Dhananjaya de Silva to the T20I squad. The duo was named in place of senior batter Kusal Mendis and spinner Maheesh Theekshana, who have been dominated out of the T20Is. Maheesh will fly again residence, whereas Kusal will keep again as half of the Test squad and can be added topic to his health.
But greater than the bowling, it’s their ‘lacklustre’ batting effort that the Lankan skipper can be hoping to set proper and lightweight up the hilly city with fireworks over the course of the weekend.