1st T20I: Jasprit Bumrah returns from an injury while India faces Sri Lanka
GUWAHATI: The last time Team India stepped on the grass of the Barsapara Cricket Stadium for a T20I match here in 2017, a certain Jason Beherendorff of Australia wreaked havoc with his left arm punch, consigning virat Kohli Men to a loss of eight wicket.
That was the first international game held in this place and it turned out to be an unequal contest, with Indian batters collapsing in sewing conditions.
India, however, have fond memories of an ODI outing later in 2018, when virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma he pursued a gigantic target of 323 in just 42.1 attacks against the Windies.
On Sunday, Kohli's troops will seek to maintain that winning race in a new three-game T20I series against Sri Lanka, following their victory in the twin series over the West Indies last month.
On a cold Saturday morning, despite being an optional practice session, the hosts sweated him under the watchful eye of the head coach. Ravi Shastri and bowling coach Bharat Arun . With the biggest find in India in the last half decade, Jasprit Bumrah , scheduled to return from a back stress fracture, bowling will gain more advantage.
The focus is firmly on the pacemaker of Gujarat, with the 26-year-old player who has become a key component of the side in all three formats. Together with Bumrah, Shikhar Dhawan , too, will be eyeing a successful return to the national fold after suffering a knee injury during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in November. Set to pair up with the in-form KL Rahul at the top, with Rohit Sharma rested for the three-match T20I series, the Delhi opener will be looking to get some runs under his belt after an indifferent outing against the men from the Caribbean Islands
While India will face its set of returns, veteran Lasith Malinga He will lead a young Sri Lankan team, which will also have another old professional who returns after an interval of 15 months: the former captain Angelo Mathews . In addition to Malinga, the Sri Lankan team has people like Avishka Fernando and Wanindu Hasaranga, who are more than capable of changing the fate of the game with the willow. Along with the skill and experience of the white ball of the left sailor Isuru Udana, Sri Lanka has the arsenal to challenge India. However, since Kohli's debut, the islanders have never won a bilateral series against India.
Jasprit could fight after an injury: Malinga
GUWAHATI: Since their time together at Mumbai Indians, Jasprit Bumrah has always looked upon Sri Lankan skipper Lasith Malinga. Both fast bowlers have drawn comparisons for their unique and unorthodox actions, and Lankan captain Malinga said on Saturday it will be a difficult proposition for the seamer to create an immediate impact on his return from back-stress fracture.
He is the number 1 bowler (in cricket T20I). He has the skill and precision, but after the injury ... he didn't play much in recent months ... that's where most bowlers struggle to reach the pace for the first games. We want to take advantage of that advantage, said Malinga, adding: I am really happy that Bumrah has done well. He is my teammate (in the Mumbai Indians). Now he is your bowler. Our batters are willing to handle it with care.