Nidahas Trophy 2018, 4th T20I, Sri Lanka vs India: 5 Players to watch out for

Sri Lanka had beaten India in the series opener.

Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina
Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina. (Photo by Luke Walker/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The stage is wide open for the bragging rights in the ongoing Nidahas Trophy 2018. After three games of the series, all the three sides have a win under their name. This completes the first leg of the tri-series. Now, the teams will face off against one another yet again in the second leg before the top two teams meet in the finals. Sri Lanka is all set to  host India in the fourth match of the tournament.

When the two sides had met in the series opener, it was an upset of all sorts on the display. Sri Lanka beat India by five wickets in the game and stunned the pre-tournament favorites. However, a lot has changed since then. In the next match, team India found their form yet again and they beat Bangladesh convincingly with an all-round show in the match.

And in the match that followed, Sri Lanka suffered a crucial defeat against Bangladesh. Certainly, the hosts are on a shaky ground but the Indians cannot take them lightly either. With this backdrop, it will come down to individual brilliance to see their respective sides come on top in the remainder of the games. Here we try to pick five such players who promise to be impact players in the upcoming fixture.

Here are the five players to watch out for in the Sri Lanka vs India game:

1. Kusal Mendis

Sri Lanka cricketer Kusal Mendis
Sri Lanka cricketer Kusal Mendis. (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Sri Lankan batsman Kusal Mendis has been in a tremendous form in the last couple of months. Ever since he made a marathon ton in a Test fixture in Bangladesh a month ago, his willow has been shining bright for the Sri Lankan team. Mendis arrived in the series as one of the key players of the Sri Lankan batting lineup.

While Kusal Perera has been bagging all the limelight thus far, Kusal Mendis can be equally threatening. Mendis, in the previous T20I assignment of Sri Lanka in Bangladesh, has hit two consecutive fifties. Also, in the previous match against Bangladesh, he had scored a brisk 57 off just 30 deliveries.

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