Watch India cricket vs. Sri Lanka 2nd T20 live online: streaming, Will Kohliâ€™s absence impact India
Ranchi: Will the second T20 match that India is set to play against Sri Lanka will be different from the first match? The match that is set to be played against a resurgent Lanka on the Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoniâ€™s home turf is going to be very important for the captain â€˜coolâ€™ himself.
There are telltale signs that Dhoniâ€™s captaincy may be at stake if the team loses the series. Dhoni and the team did exceptionally well in the just concluded Australian tour. But a series loss on the home turf will discredit the question, raising serious question marks over his captaincy.
The hammering that the top ranked team received at the hands of the visitors was difficult to conceive as India was playing on its home turf and had just got back after beating rather very comfortably among the best teams in the world.
There is no denying the fact that if India loses the match in Ranchi today, it will be nothing short of a humiliation that will be hard to reason. Fans can watch the second T20 streaming live online Friday, as Captain M.S. Dhoni and his men attempt to avoid what would be a humiliating series defeat ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup in March, and the Asian Cup just a few weeks before that.
While the Indian team remains the top ranked team in the T20 format, a loss here will remove the country as the top cricket side in the shortest format of the game. Though India came into the series as the worldâ€™s top-ranked T20 cricket team, in the first T20 International match of the three-match series, Sri Lanka pulled off an unexpected five-wicket win with two full overs remaining, sending the islanders leapfrogging to the top of the world rankings while India dropped to third.
In the meantime Dhoni will be under pressure to perform. He hasnâ€™t been among runs for a long time. Compare his performance to Sri Lankan team captain and you can reason the loss. In the first match, Tuesday in Pune, Sri Lanka was led from the front by Captain Dinesh Chandimal who put up a tally of 35 in 35 balls â€” while his counterpart on the India side, Dhoni, was dismissed for just two runs on two deliveries.
Sri Lankan bowlers did extremely well in the last match. Sri Lanka pacer Kasun Rajitha took three wickets on the Pune track, but the slower pitch at Jharkhand International Stadium in Ranchi, which will host its first-ever international T20 match, could put Rajitha and the other fast bowlers in the Sri Lanka attack in handcuffs. Nonetheless the good line and length will help the islanders to restrict India to a small total.
On the other hand, Kohliâ€™s absence may be a huge setback for the home team. The match will be broadcast by Star Sports that will stream the second T20 match between India and Sri Lanka from Jharkhand International Stadium inÂ Ranchi, India, at this link. CricHD provides live streamÂ at this link, as well. India vs Sri Lanka 2nd T20 match in the United States can be watched live on Willow TV. You can watch it via this YouTube link, as well on the Willow app for mobile devices or on Willow TVâ€™s own site,Â accessible by clicking herewith a monthly subscription fee.
MS Dhoni*â€ , R Ashwin, JJ Bumrah, S Dhawan, Harbhajan Singh, RA Jadeja, B Kumar, P Negi, A Nehra, MK Pandey, HH Pandya, AM Rahane, SK Raina, RG Sharma, Yuvraj Singh
Sri Lanka Squad
LD Chandimal*â€ , PVD Chameera, N Dickwella, TM Dilshan, B Fernando, CRD Fernando, DAS Gunaratne, MD Gunathilaka, CK Kapugedera, NLTC Perera, S Prasanna, CAK Rajitha, SMSM Senanayake, MD Shanaka, TAM Siriwardana, JDF Vandersay