They may even be keen to finish a hat-trick of whitewashes in white ball cricket, after they tackle the islanders within the closing two T20Is on the picturesque Himachal Pradesh Cricket Affiliation Stadium in Dharamsala in the course of the weekend.
After Thursday’s scientific 62-run victory, the Rohit Sharma-led outfit prolonged their successful streak to 10 T20I video games, their longest within the shortest format. But 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 sturdy contenders when the group for the World Cup in Australia is picked.
Kishan, the 23-year-old from Jharkhand, blasted a career-best 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 special Kishan on present from the earlier collection towards the West Indies, the place he struggled to get going and made simply 71 runs in three innings.
“He (Ishan) constructed the innings very properly after six overs, which is often a problem for him as a result of we all know he likes to play his pictures. It was not about coming and hitting the ball, it was additionally about discovering the gaps,” Rohit stated after the sport.
For Iyer, it was a case of grabbing the restricted alternatives with each palms, after having warmed the bench on the Eden Gardens. Whereas comeback man Sanju Samson didn’t get an opportunity to bat within the first match, Younger Ruturaj Gaikwad has didn’t recuperate from the wrist damage he sustained on Friday and is out.
Rohit Sharma and Dasun Shanaka with the T20I collection trophy. (ANI Picture)
Fielding stays India’s solely concern
Although most issues went India’s manner, fielding stays the group’s solely weak hyperlink. Not solely within the first T20I, the place each Iyers – Venkatesh and Shreyas – dropped sitters, the hosts had been additionally discovered missing within the division in the course of the earlier collection towards the Caribbean facet.
Acknowledging the problem, Rohit stated the group cannot afford such lapses heading into the showpiece occasion Down Beneath. “It’s constantly occurring. We’re dropping straightforward catches which isn’t anticipated at this stage. Our fielding coach has some work to do. We need to enhance on this and are available Australia, we need to be an awesome fielding facet,” Rohit stated.
Batting blues hang-out guests
Barring vice-captain Charith Asalanka’s 47-ball 53, Sri Lanka could have little or no positives to hold from their first outing. Asalanka, who endured a torrid time in Australia, made full use of the life he acquired from Shreyas early on in his innings, and supplied some respectability to the group’s chase.
Visiting skipper Dasun Shanaka admitted his facet was outplayed in all three departments. “We had been actually poor in all three departments. They batted superbly, learn the sport and circumstances rather well,” Shanaka stated.
The HPCA Cricket Stadium in Dharamsala. (PTI Picture)
Theekshana, Mendis out
Additionally, the absence of their first selection spinners – Maheesh Theekshana (nursing hamstring damage) and Wanindu Hasaranga (nonetheless in isolation in Australia on account of Covid-19) – made issues worse, because the comparatively inexperienced spin duo of Praveen Jayawickrama and Jeffrey Vandersay had 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 rather than senior batter Kusal Mendis and spinner Maheesh Theekshana, who had been dominated out of the T20Is. Maheesh will fly again residence, whereas Kusal will keep again as a part of the Check squad and will probably be added topic to his health.
However greater than the bowling, it’s their ‘lacklustre’ batting effort that the Lankan skipper will probably be hoping to set proper and light-weight up the hilly city with fireworks over the course of the weekend.