India vs. Sri Lanka 2nd T20I Dharamshala Weather Forecast: Will rain hurt IND’s chances of winning streaks?

India will look to continue their winning streak and aim for another straight win when they take on Dasun Shanaka-led Sri Lanka in the second T20I of the three-game series at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala on Saturday. Fans will be back as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has allowed 50 per cent attendance for the matches in Dharamshala and tickets have been sold online.

However, India’s bid for another T20I series win in Game Two could be hampered by forecasts of rain and thunderstorms in Dharamshala on Saturday. Notably, India’s last two internationals against South Africa, due to be played in Dharamshala in September 2019 and March 2020, were washed out due to heavy rains. On Friday, the organizers offered a special puja and prayers at the Indrunag Temple in Dharamshala.

Four months after being eliminated early from last year’s T20 World Championship, the Indian team looks like a transformed entity, with a bunch of young players being tried out in different positions and roles. It’s early days but Rohit Sharma’s side have already identified the core group of players who will travel to Australia later this year for the World Cup Down Under.

Will rain be a spoilsport in Dharamshala?

According to the weather forecast, rain could be a spoilsport with a 90 percent chance of rain on Saturday. On Saturday, 20-50 mm of rain is expected with a humidity of 80-90 percent. The game may be delayed due to the rain. The forecast for Saturday suggests the temperature could be in the 7 to 10 degree Celsius range. However, according to the latest update, the sun was out and eclipsing the cloud cover in Dharamshala.

Predicted XIs

India: Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Deepak Hooda, Venkatesh Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal and Jasprit Bumrah

Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Kamil Mishara, Janith Liyanage, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Chamika Karunaratne, Jeffrey Vandersay, Dushmantha Chameera, Praveen Jayawickrama and Lahiru Kumara

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