JANUARY 04, 2020 : With the recent turmoil in the state of Assam over the ongoing protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the staging of the international T-20 match between India and Sri Lanka had come under a cloud.
However, Virat Kohli’s men are set to play in Guwahati when they take on Sri Lanka at the Baraspara Stadium in Guwahati on January 5 in the first of three T20Is.
With the passage of time and the city getting back to its usual business, Guwahatians are eagerly anticipating the match to be power packed with action.
The match will start at 7:00 PM and the first session will be up to 8:45 PM. The match will get over by 10:10 PM.
Shuttle buses will be provided for the spectators from the place of origin (where parking is allotted) to the designated stadium gate.
It is to be mentioned that theBoard of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI) has strictly instructed the Assam Cricket Association (ACA) that apart from mobile phones and wallets nothing else will be allowed inside the stadium.
The maximum capacity of the stadium is 39,400 and the ACA said that around 27,000 tickets have already been sold out.
“This will be the biggest event post Christmas and New Year and we believe it will be a house full match,” said per ACA General Secretary, Devajit Lon Saikia.
Earlier on January 2, the Sri Lankan team arrived in Guwahati and had their first practice session on January 3 while on January 4 they will have their net session.
Sri Lanka, led by veteran speedster Lasith Malinga, will start their short three-match tour of India with the first match at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium at Guwahati on January 5. The second T20I will be played at Indore on January 7 and the last game is scheduled for Friday, January 10, at Pune.
Malinga will lead the 16-member squad that also features 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, Kasun Rajitha.
Veteran Anglo Matthews returns to the Sri Lanka T20I squads after almost 16 months, while Nuwan Pradeep is out with injury.
Virat Kohli will be leading the home team while his deputy Rohit Sharma has been rested for the series. Jaspreet Bumrah returns to the national team after recovering from injury. However, an unfit Bhubaneswar Kumar is ruled out. The Indian squad also includes Shikhar Dhawam, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant, Sanju Shamson, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Navedeep Saini and Washington Sundar.
Before this, skipper Virat Kohli was given a break during the T20I series against Bangladesh and Rohit Sharma had led the team.
Meanwhile, considering the security issues that are there in the wake of protests against the CAA, theBoard of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI) as well as the Assam Cricket Association (ACA) are keeping a close eye on the present situation in Assam. But all is under control now as per ACA General Secretary Devajit Lon Saikia.
Speaking to the media, Devajit Lon Saikia said that the police has been handed the responsibility of managing the security and everything is under control.
On January 3, a joint press conference of Assam Cricket Association (ACA) and Assam Police regarding preparation and security measures ahead of India Sri Lanka match in Guwahati was held.
There are chances of scattered rains in Guwahati on 5th January. The humidity will be as high as 84%. However, the good thing is that it is expected to be windy and the wind might blow the rain away.
The spectators will want to see a full game as the northeastern part of India doesn’t get to host international matches on a regular basis.
From the Pitch:
The Barsapara Cricket Stadium is known for witnessing high-scoring games as the pitch is flat and the boundaries are not the biggest in the world.
Batting second is always an advantage in T20I cricket especially when you are playing on flat pitches and you don’t have a clear idea what the par score is, batting first.
With the rain forecast as well, batting second becomes an obvious choice as the Duckworth-Lewis rule also makes it slightly easier for the chasing teams, in terms of how they need to go about their innings.
Ticket Bookings Online:
India Vs Sri Lanka 1st T20 International match tickets can be bought at the venue as well as online through Paytm and Bookmyshow.
Live streaming of the India Vs Sri Lanka T20I series will be available online on the Hotstar app. The match will also be streamed live on the Jio TV app.
Apart from live streaming, the match can also be watched LIVE on the following channels: Star Sports 1/HD, Star Sports 2/HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi/HD, Star Sports Select 1/HD.