Sri Lanka name revised squad for T20

India’s team captain Virat Kohli plays a shot

Although Sri Lanka Cricket had already named a T20 squad ahead of the ODI series, two days out from the one-off match against India, the board has released a new squad, this one featuring legspinner Jeffrey Vandersay and seam-bowling allrounder Dasun Shanaka.

Among the three men who have scored 30 centuries, Kohli is a clear outlier. The match is scheduled to commence at 7 PM IST.

India will miss the services of ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who has 13 wickets against Sri Lanka in six games. Only Sachin Tendulkar has more ODI hundreds as he accumulated 49 during his illustrious career. Kohli also acknowledged with a smile of his own.

A win for India may look a mere formality now against a woefully under-performing Sri Lankan side, but T20 is the game's most unpredictable format, which gives the Lankans hope of signing off with a consolation win.

"We have to make sure we try and win the match tomorrow", he said. Virat Kohli-led team India is having a dream run on the island, as they are yet to lose a match and have shown incredible consistency and form. We've been playing some good cricket. "Getting a Man-of-the Series award in the subcontinent as a fast bowler - it's always a great thing to achieve".

With the Sri Lanka team in flux (the selectors released no fewer than two T20I squads), it is hard to pin down who will be in the XI. "But we have to embrace that change", he said.

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Sri Lanka struck twice, early in the innings, with both the openers dismissed in the infancy of India's run chase.

Under his captaincy, India won the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, the CB Series of 2007-08, the 2010 Asia Cup, the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. The skipper stood defiant even as the next batsman Dilshan Munaweera (4) returned soon.

India blanked Sri Lanka in the three-match Test series and recently repeated that in the five-match one-day worldwide series. Tharanga hit nine boundaries.

Sri Lanka: Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga (capt), Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Milinda Siriwardana, Akila Dananjaya, Malinda Pushpakumara, Vishwa Fernando, Lasith Malinga.

Of the 35 highest team totals in ODI history, 34 have been scored since the turn of the century, 25 in the past decade and 17 in the past five years.

Sri Lanka can once again call on the services of their most consistent seamer for the a year ago Suranga Lakmal who has recovered from the injury sustained in the Test series.

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