Rohit Sharma-led Team India will be looking to avenge their opening match defeat to Sri Lanka when they face the hosts for the second time in the Twenty20 International tri-nation series, Nidahas Trophy, at the R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on Monday. India suffered a five-wicket loss to Sri Lanka in the first match of the tournament but bounced back strongly to outplay Bangladesh in their next match. India will be hoping stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma makes a return to form. Rohit has been struggling since the South Africa tour and was dismissed for a duck in the first match of the Nidahas Trophy. However, India will be buoyed by Shikhar Dhawan's brilliant run of form. The left-hander smashed 90 off just 49 balls, continuing from where he left off from the limited overs series in South Africa. (POINTS TABLE)
Touted as MS Dhoni's successor, Rishabh Pant is yet to do justice to his immense potential till now. With someone like KL Rahul waiting for his chance, time is running out for the youngster from Rourkee.
Rahul's presence gives his skipper an option to use him as an opener and himself come at No.4, dropping Pant from the playing XI.
It was not a perfect start for India's second string squad in the tournament as they lost by five wickets to the hosts in the opening match.
Monday's match will provide India with a chance to make amends for the mistakes they committed against the Islanders in the opener.
The tournament is currently evenly poised as all the three teams have won a game each from two outings but Sri Lanka are leading the table on net run rate ahead of India and Bangladesh.
But a win on Monday would take India to the top, dislodging the Lankans.
Opener Dhawan is in imperious form with two back-to-back half-centuries in the tournament so far.
After his 49-ball 90 in the opener against Sri Lanka, Dhawan made 55 off 43 deliveries to help India chase down Bangladesh's below-par 140 total with consummate ease in the last game.
After an indifferent Test series against the Proteas, Dhawan found his mojo back at the start of the limited overs leg in South Africa which can be ascertained from his sequence of scores in the last five T20s -- 55, 90, 47, 24, 72.
But Rohit's form remains a cause of concern for India as he made 17,0, 11, 0 and 21 in the last five T20 matches.
Among other Indian batsmen, Manish Pandey (37, 27) looked in good nick and along with comeback man Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthik form the core of the team's middle-order.
On the bowling front, Jaydev Unaadkat needs to be more consistent. The left-arm pacer has picked up four wickets in two matches so far but leaked runs which is not expected while spearheading the attack.
The young and inexperienced Indian bowlers have done a decent job so far with the likes of Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal and Vijay Shankar living upto their expectations.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, would be smarting from the shocking five-wicket loss to Bangladesh on Saturday night.
Bangladesh pulled off a memorable record chase to stun the Lankans, ending their recent run of reverses against the islanders owing to Mushfiqur Rahim's belligerent 35-ball 72.
Chasing a mammoth 215 in the stipulated 20 overs, Bangladesh crossed the line in 19.4 overs for the loss of five wickets, which was the fourth highest run chase in T20 Internationals and Bangladesh's best.
The Lankan bowlers were taken to cleaners by Bangladesh batsmen and the hosts would be hoping for an improved show on Monday.
On the batting front, the two Kusals -- Mendis and Perera are in fine form for Sri Lanka.
Indian bowlers would be wary of Perera, in particular, who has scored 66 and 74 in the two matches, while Mendis made 57 against Bangladesh.
India: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Vijay Shankar, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, Mohammad Siraj and Rishabh Pant (wk).
Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal (c), Suranga Lakmal (vc), Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Janith Perera, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Isuru Udana, Akila Dananjaya, Amila Aponso, Nuwan Pradeep, Dushmantha Chameera, Dhananjaya De Silva.
(With PTI Inputs)