Even though India dominated the proceedings in Tests and ODIs against Sri Lanka at their own backyard, the hosts still have a chance to spring a surprise in the one-off T20 international here on Wednesday. Being a team in the making, with a bunch of youngsters, they will look to salvage pride.
Both the teams have met on 10 occasions with India tasting victory six times, Sri Lanka four. But the Islanders hold the record of the highest total — 215/5 at Nagpur in 2009. Led by Kumar Sangakkara, they had marched to victory in style. India almost touched their run mountain in the same series, when they put up 211/4 chasing 207. Yuvraj Singh (60*) and Virender Sehwag (64) had contributed with the bat.
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Suresh Raina, not a part of the current squad, has scored the most number of runs (237) against Sri Lanka in 10 outings with a highest score of 63; Sangakkara is second (235) in four games. But skipper Virat Kohli stands at 201 in only three innings.
Sangakkara’s 78 at Nagpur remains the highest score by an individual, followed by Kohli’s 77 in the ICC World Twenty20 final in 2014.
India will miss the services of ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who has 13 wickets against Sri Lanka in six games. His 4/8 remains the best spell. In fact, there are no Lankan bowlers in the first four — Ashish Nehra is next (eight wickets in seven games), followed by Ashok Dinda (five in two) and Jasprit Bumrah (five in four).
But it is to be noted that Dasun Shanaka — the right-arm seam bowler who rattled India at a T20 in Pune last year with figures of 3/16 — is included in the squad.
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