Under-strength SL have mountain to climb
February 9, 2016
Start time 1930 local (1400 GMT)
When these T20 teams met most recently, at the 2014 World T20 final, India may have been better-drilled, but Sri Lanka had the cleverer strategy. Sri Lanka were T20's iconoclasts at the time, topping the rankings with wit and versatility, while other teams doubled down on power. Things have changed south of the Palk Strait since then. There's been an exodus of cricketing intelligence. The team has not coped, so far.
India have never lacked for smarts themselves, with one of limited-overs cricket's savviest men at the helm, but as ever, they also have a strapping top order. With their sweep of Australia, India have already sounded a warning in the approach to next month's World T20. If they are that good abroad, you wonder how good will they will be at home? Sri Lanka has only just managed to get a half-decent domestic T20 tournament off the ground. India has a two-month T20 frenzy each year.