India and Sri Lanka are all set to lock horns for their first series of the year 2020. The teams will take on each other for the First T20 match at Barsapara Cricket Stadium Guwahati on Sunday. Both teams will eye a winning start for the year 2020 and will look to take a 1-0 lead in three match T20 series.
This series will also mark return of some marquee players from the injuries. Jasprit Bumrah, who missed most of the matches after World Cup with back injury, along with Dhawan, who missed the series against West Indies after bruising his knee in a Ranji trophy clash, will return to the international setup.
Jasprit Bumrah and Shikhar Dhawan will directly break into the eleven to test their fitness before all important Australia series and New Zealand tour. They will replace Mohammad Shami and Rohit Sharma in the eleven who have been rested for the current series.
KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan both will want to make their cases strong for regular opener in limited overs cricket. Shikhar had a very good 2018 while KL have had a wonderful 2019 in which he not only played match defining innings but also showed remarkable consistency to press his case for regular opener.
The encounter is all schedule to start on right time amidst the political unrest in Assam due to protest and rallies against CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act). Assam police has also banned carrying any pens, posters, placards and banners during the 1st India vs Sri Lanka T20 match.
Only men’s wallets, ladies handbags, mobile phones and vehicle keys are allowed to bring inside the stadium told Devajit Saikia, secretary Assam Cricket Association (ACA). People were thinking that this is due to the CAA. However, Guwahati’s Commissioner of Police MP Gupta Gupta clarified later in the press conference that these restrictions have nothing to do with protests over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). But main reason behind this is the company which provides these all banners and posters has ended its contract with BCCI and there is no alternate arrangement for the posters.