India news January 20, 2016

India and Sri Lanka to play T20 series in February

ESPNcricinfo staff
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It will be first time Sri Lanka and India face each other in T20s since the final of the World T20 in 2014 © ICC

India and Sri Lanka are set to play a three-match T20 series, prior to the Asia Cup, as both teams look ahead to the World T20.

The tour begins in Pune on Feburary 9, then the teams head to Delhi to play the second match on February 12 and the final T20 will take place in Visakhapatnam on February 14. These matches will be the first time the two sides face each other in the shortest format since the final of the 2014 World Twenty20, which Sri Lanka won in April 2014.

The Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune, which acquired Test status in November 2015, will host only its third international match, and only its second T20I.

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  • Jerryjj on January 24, 2016, 8:21 GMT

    both the teams are not in good touch, specially sri lanka is doing bad in batting, bowling and fielding while india is having a very strong top order batting line up. malinga has to play this series since he was absent is the previous one. sachi after WC 2014 is worst, i would go with herath only, if he is unavailable mendis would be the second option. vandersay and other not yet proved their self to keep them in the major tournaments. our couch has to be changed for sure. my playing 11 for this series would be: gunathilaka, dilshan, vithanage, kapugedera or chandimal, mathews, siriwardana, shehan jayasuriya or thisara perera, kelasekara,herath or mendis, malinga, chameera. since kapu, chandi, thisara are keep failing we cannot afford to have all of them at once, so aither kapu or chandi and thisara or shehan only should play. if dasun shanaka can come in it can be better too

  • Winlions on January 22, 2016, 8:28 GMT

    Sl win easily... 3-0 after drubbing Indians got in aus.. They gonna be down an out coming in to this short series..with old folks like dhoni are struggling..lack of power hitting ability in law Oder Indians gonna struggle against world champion sl...

  •   Ihatefb Jeez on January 21, 2016, 16:49 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan i must admit that Indians will win this upcoming series convincingly and there is a higher chance of adding another tandoori whitewash into our account. First of all our team is in complete disarray in all the three deparments and there is no single player who can cause problems to the Indians. And facing the Indians in their own grounds makes it even harder. Eventhough losing seems to be inevitable, without a good coach/mentor, i really dont think that SL will show any competitiveness in this series or the W20.

  • shockValue on January 21, 2016, 15:04 GMT

    WEARETHEWORLDSBEST_BLEEDBLUE

    "India will easily win by an innings" in a t20 match? Your knowledge on cricket is as good as your cricket team..!!

  • chethanaromesh on January 21, 2016, 13:28 GMT

    SL have good bowlers who can be match winners with experience. DUSHMANTHA CHAMEERA,BINURA FERNANDO,VISHWA FERNANDO,JEFFEREY VANDERSAY,PHT KOUSHAL,LAKSHAN SANDAKAN,AMILA APONSU.

  • chethanaromesh on January 21, 2016, 13:19 GMT

    I think we don't need to send our best T20 players to India. Need to identify best young players. specially players like ; 1.DHANUSHKA GUNATHILAKA 2.KUSAL MENDIS 3.DHANAJAYA DE SILVA 4.SHEHAN JAYASURIYA 5.CHAMARA KAPUGEDERA 6.MILINDA SIRIWARDENE 7.KITHRUWAN VITHANAGE 8.DASUN SHANAKA 9.BINURA FERNANDO 10.PHT KOUSHAL 11.SHAMINDA ERANGA 12.JEFFERY VANDERSAY/LAKSHAN SANDAKAN 13.FERVEEZ MAHAROOF 14.NUWAN PRADEEP/SURANGA LAKMAL 15.LAHIRU THIRIMANNE ; FOR THE WC WE CAN INCLUDE PLAYERS LIKE T.M.DILSHAN,KUSAL JANITH(IF AVAILABLE),ANJELO MATHEWS,NUWAN KULASEKERA,THISARA PERERA,LASITH MALINGA,RANGANA HERATH,DUSHMANTHA CHAMEERA,DAMMIKA PRASAD

  • GoldenRed on January 21, 2016, 13:12 GMT

    WoW. A morale booster series just before the world cup, After drubbing against Australia. LOL

  • wearetheworldsbest_bleedblue on January 21, 2016, 11:49 GMT

    @ SL_LEGACY ON JANUARY 21, 2016, 9:06 GMT: Dude, worry about your team not ours. We fought hard with aussies. Didn't fall like a pack of cards like yours did against NZ! We did not get out for 140 odd and concede the runs in 10 overs. I will be surprised if your team can go beyond the group stages... We will win the world t20 this year. yours will be at the bottom of the table. HA HA HA

  • wearetheworldsbest_bleedblue on January 21, 2016, 11:45 GMT

    India will easily win by an innings. LOL.. This is a good move by BCCI. This will boost our boys confidence before the world T20 by beating the T20 title holders and go on to win the cup in 32016!!!!

  • crisis on January 21, 2016, 11:17 GMT

    It will be a cracking match if Indians Performs Up to their Level, other wise it definitely will be one sided affair for Sri lankans because they have more fire power, even down the order which Indian team lacks.

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