Mahendra Singh Dhoni: Home crowd, batsman-friendly pitch await India skipper in Ranchi

It is believed that the condition of the outfield will be a critical factor in this encounter.

Updated: Feb 12, 2016, 13:39 PM IST
Mahendra Singh Dhoni: Home crowd, batsman-friendly pitch await India skipper in Ranchi

New Delhi: Action in the ongoing T20I series between India and Sri Lanka shifts to Ranchi's JSCA International Cricket Stadium on Friday.

With the series at stake, the Men in Blue need to deliver a performance worthy of their 'WorldT20 favorites' tag.

Apart from an adoring home crowd, MS Dhoni can expect a more batsman friendly pitch than the one in the 1st T20I.

Spinners are likely to play an important role in this match.

It must be noted that Ranchi was only confirmed as a venue after Delhi backed out earlier this month.

The Ranchi surface may compel the skipper to make some changes to his bowling line-up, especially in the spin department.

It is believed that the condition of the outfield will be a critical factor in this encounter.

With T Dilshan returning to the side, the young Sri Lankans will be hoping to pull off an unlikely series win in Dhoni's backyard.