Vastavam web: Skipper Rohit Sharma will be desperate to get back to form as a resurgent India look to set their record straight against hosts Sri Lanka in the third match of the Nidahas Tri-Series, here tomorrow.The stand-in skipper, possibly the most prolific white ball player after regular leader Virat Kohli, has gone off the boil since the start of the South Africa series.Rahul’s presence gives his skipper an option to use him as an opener and himself come at No 4, dropping Pant from the XI.
It was not a perfect start for India’s second string squad in the tournament as they lost by five wickets against the hosts in the opening match.But the Sharma-led side bounced back strongly to beat Bangladesh by six wickets in their next match.But a win tomorrow would take India to the top, dislodging the Lankans.
Opener Shikhar Dhawan is in imperious form with two back-to-back half-centuries in the tournament so far.After his 49-ball 90 in the opener against Sri Lanka, Dhawan made 55 off 43 deliveries to help India chase down Bangladesh’s below-par 140 total with consummate ease in the last game.After an indifferent Test series against the Proteas, Dhawan found his mojo back at the start of the limited overs leg in South Africa which can be ascertained from his sequence of scores in the last five T20 — 55, 90, 47, 24, 72.On the bowling front, Jaydev Unaadkat needs to be more consistent. The left-ar pacer has picked up four wickets in two matches so far but leaked runs which is not expected while spearheading the attack.
The young and inexperienced Indian bowlers have done a decent job so far with the likes of Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal and Vijay Shankar living upto their expectations.Sri Lanka, on the other hand, would be smarting from the shocking five-wicket loss to Bangladesh last night.