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Suryakumar Yadav and Manish Pandey score half a century in India’s practice match within the group

The Indian team currently in Sri Lanka for the series for six matches with limited overs, played their first practice match within the group, hosted by captain Shikhar Dhawan and vice-captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

The match report also revealed that Suryakumar Yadav and Manish Pandey scored half-centuries, while Ruturaj Gaikwad and Nitish Rana also had a good outing with the bat.

India and Sri Lanka will clash in six matches with limited overs from 13 July, while R Premadasa Stadium will host all the meetings. The ODI series will be played on 13, 16 and 18 July, while the T20Is will be played on 21, 23 and 25 July.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar Bowls Watch as Manish Pandey (Photo-BCCI)

Both the BCCI and the Sri Lanka Cricket Board shared photos of the match in which the Shikhar Dhawan team played in the Indian outfit and the Bhuvneshwar Kumar team led by the Indian team practice suit.

Manish Pandey Top scores with 63; Suryakumar Yadav Made 50 Plus

In a video posted by BCCI on their Twitter page, the Indian bowling coach on the Paras Mhambrey tour in Sri Lanka repeated the game. Ruturaj Gaikwad scored 30+ runs, while Manish Pandey scored the highest score of 63. Suryakumar Yadav made half a century while Devdutt Padikkal and Prithvi Shaw had a 50+ partnership.

Manish Pandey (Photo-BCCI)
Manish Pandey (Photo-BCCI)

Here is the video of Paras Mhambrey reproducing the entire match:

BCCI sent a second, yet strong group for the series with the Test team currently in the UK and arrived in Sri Lanka on Monday. They were allowed to exercise outside after being quarantined for three days. In the absence of Ravi Shastri, this team is coached by Rahul Dravid, head of the NCA.

Nitish Rana
Nitish Rana (Image Credit: Twitter)

The group has as many as six undefeated players, including Chetan Sakariya, K Gowtham, Nitish Rana, Devdutt Padikkal, Varun Chakravarthy and Ruturaj Gaikwad. The team also includes hopefuls including Ishan Kishan, Sanju Samson, Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav as it will be the last international series for India ahead of the 2021 T20 World Cup.

Earlier, the BCCI shared some photos of the match within the group in which Shikhar Dhawan, Nitish Rana, Manish Pandey, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Krunal Pandya were in action.

India Group for White Ball Series in Sri Lanka:

Shikhar Dhawan (captain), Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Nitish Rana, Ishan Kishan (Wicket-keeper), Sanju Samson (Wicket-keeper), Yuzvendra Chahal, Rahul Char Gowth Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Vice-Captain), Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Chetan Sakariya

Net bowlers: Ishan Porel, Sandeep Warrier, Arshdeep Singh, Sai Kishore, Simarjeet Singh

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