The Indian Team has started its preparation for the Sri Lanka’s Tour on fire. The team filled with lot of inexperienced players led by Shikhar Dhawan are ready to set this tour on fire with continuous practice among themselves.
The Team has been playing several Intra Squad matches with a view of improving themselves and boosting confidence in the absence of the experienced team mates who are preparing for the England’s Tour in the meanwhile.
India Squad for Sri Lanks’s Tour:
Shikhar Dhawan (Captain), Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Nitish Rana, Ishan Kishan (Wicket-keeper), Sanju Samson (Wicket-keeper), Yuzvendra Chahal, Rahul Chahar, K Gowtham, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Vice-captain), Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Chetan Sakariya
The 4th Intra Squad Match played among the team mates was very interesting like that of an international match with some great innings with the bat as well as with the bowl by the Indian players.
The 4th Intra Squad Match was played between Dhawan’s Team and Bhuvneshwar ‘s Team. Team Dhawan were set to bat first and with aggressive batting from its batsman posted a total of 176 Runs in 20 overs. Team Bhuvneshwar were given a target of 177 Runs to be chased down in 20 overs. Prithvi Shaw was the top scorer from Dhawan’s Team, who scored 46 Runs of just 25 deliveries, while Devdutt Padikkal scored 37 Runs of 22 balls. The Captain Dhawan contributted 34 Runs of 21 balls towards the total.
Ruturaj Gaikwad led the charge for team Bhubhaneshwar in the chase with a quick fire 75 runs on the top while Ishan Kishan also contributed 25 runs towards the team’s tally in the chase. Surya Kumar then led the team’s score to 100. We witnessed another exciting thriller between the two teams where Team Bhuvneshwar required 75 runs of 40 balls. Hardik Pandya then joined the party with Ruturaj Gaikwad in chasing the target posted by Dhawan’s team quite comfortably. Pandya scored 39 runs off just 19 balls which made the chase looks quite easy for his team.
The practise matches has been very effective for the Indian team as they are improving themselves in the key areas. For Hardik, who has been facing a tough time with his bat the practise session has been a gem where he has been shinning after each game. Hopefully, we would see the same form in the coming Tour against Sri Lanka.
Key Stats from the 4th Intra Squad Match
Team Dhawan – 176 Runs
Prithvi – 46 (25)
Padikkal – 37 (22)
Dhawan – 34 (21)
Team Bhuvneshwar – 177 Runs (Won the Match)
Ruturaj – 75 Runs
Ishan – 25 Runs
Hardik – 39 (19)
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