India aim to keep series alive in Ranchi

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Ranchi, Feb.12 (ANI): After facing a surprisingly painful defeat in Pune, the Indian team would look to keep the three-match series alive when they will take on Sri Lanka in the second T20 here today.

India, who are termed as favourites for the upcoming World T20, did not start the series as they would have thought. The hosts were taken aback by the bounce and pace on the Pune pitch. Ranchi, which is hosting its first ever T20 international, should offer them some respite although there are some other concerns here as well.

India may opt to give left-arm spinning all-rounder Pawan Negi a debut, and assess him ahead of the Asia Cup and World T20. Hardik Pandya, who managed only two runs in his first outing with the bat in addition to going wicket-less, in Pune, is likely to miss out.

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For the visitors, the series acts as an indicator to pick their World T20 squad and two names that stood out in the first game – pacer Kasun Rajitha and allrounder DasunShanaka – will no doubt be watched closely.

Earlier, Sri Lankan seamers produced a stupendous performance on a green-tinged surface before batsmen steered their side to a comfortable five-wicket win over India in the opening Twenty20 international on Tuesday.

A second-string Sri Lankan side chased down India’s 102-run target after losing five wickets and with two overs remaining as stand-in skipper Dinesh Chandimal top scored with run-a-ball 35. (ANI)

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