Due to a knee injury, it is uncertain that India batter Sanju Samson will participate in the second Twenty20 International that will take place on Thursday in Pune against Sri Lanka.
Samson suffered a knee injury while playing the field in the first game of the series, which India won by two runs. During India’s innings, he was taken out in a careless manner.
According to a source from the BCCI, Samson has remained in Mumbai in order to undergo certain scans. The injury sustained by Samson may present an opening for Rahul Tripathi to make his first appearance in the game.
Tripathi, who has shown consistency throughout the IPL, has been travelling with the team for some time but has not yet been given a game. India now holds a 1-0 lead in the three-game series after squeaking out a victory by two runs in the first match of the series on Tuesday in Mumbai.
Shivam Mavi had a dream start in the inaugural Twenty20 International by putting on a relentless show of fast bowling. His four-wicket haul was the difference in India’s narrow two-run win over a motivated Sri Lankan team in the first Twenty20 International that took place in Mumbai on Tuesday.
Before Deepak Hooda (41) and Axar Patel (31) got the hosts to 162 for five, the Indian hitters had a difficult time clearing the boundary against the spinners bowled by Sri Lanka.
The Sri Lankan team undoubtedly possessed the firepower necessary to chase down 163, but Mavi’s strikes at the beginning and finish of the innings tipped the balance of the game in favour of the host team.
The spinner Axar Patel was able to protect 13 runs in the final over of the game, which caused the match to come down to the wire. Mavi finished with the impressive statistics of four wickets for 22 runs in four overs.
Both the skipper Dasun Shanaka (45 runs off 27 balls) and Chamika Karunaratne (23 not out off 16 balls) put up a valiant fight, but their efforts were in vain as Sri Lanka was bowled out for 160 in 20 overs.
This is India’s lowest total at this venue when defending a total.