Team India has an enviable record at the Holkar Stadium, where it will be playing the second of the three T20 International matches against Sri Lanka on Tuesday, as the hosts have remained unbeaten across all formats at the venue in Indore since 2006.
Given that the 27,000-capacity Holkar Stadium in the city has been a happy hunting ground for India, the hosts will be favourites when they take on their Asian rival.
The stadium has hosted two Tests, a T20 international and 5 ODIs since 2006 and India have emerged victorious on all the eight occasions. Coincidently, the first T20I at the Holkar Stadium was played between India and Sri Lanka on December 22, 2017 and the Men in Blue had thrashed the visitors by 88 runs.
Before the Holkar Stadium was built, cricket matches used to take place at the city’s Nehru Stadium. In 1997, Sri Lanka had played against India at the Nehru Stadium, but the match was abandoned after the visitors had complained about the quality of the pitch.
In an effort to counter the effects of dew, the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) has been spraying a special chemical on the outfield at the Holkar Stadium here. MPCA chief curator Samander Singh Chauhan said on Monday that to beat the effects of dew, a special chemical was being sprayed over the ground for the last three days.
Besides, he said, the grass on the ground was also not being watered since the last three days to minimise the effects of dew. “We sincerely hope the spectators will get to see fours and sixes raining in the match,” he said.
Fans are eagerly waiting for the second T20 International as the opener on Sunday was abandoned due to wet patches on the track following rain in Guwahati. It had started to pour 15 minutes before the scheduled start after India skipper Virat Kohli had won the toss and elected to bowl. However, there is no rain threat in Indore on the match day.
Both the teams will be coming to Indore fresh despite only a day’s break and given a packed schedule the teams have been operating in the past couple of months, the extra period of relaxation comes as a happy sign for some players.
The final match of the series will be played in Pune on January 10.
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Sanju Samson, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shivam Dube, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini and Washington Sundar.
Sri Lanka: Lasith Malinga (captain), Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Angelo Mathews, Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Isuru Udana, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Oshada Fernando, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lahiru Kumara, Kusal Mendis, Lakshan Sandakan and Kasun Rajitha.
Where: Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore
Match Timings: 7:00 PM IST (01:30 PM GMT)
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