The three-match T20I series between India and Sri Lanka is set to begin on February 24. Ekana Cricket, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh will host the first T20I between Sri Lanka and India. The venue will be hosting a T20 international for the first time after 2019. Here is the Ekana (Lucknow) Stadium pitch report.
The stadium has a massive crowd capacity of 50,000 but unlike Dharamshala, there will be no spectators for the match due to Covid-19 protocols.
According to accu weather, Rain is unlikely to play a spoilsport. Possibility of Precipitation is 1% so rain is not expected throughout the match. The temperature is expected to be pleasant and will remain around 20°c. The speed of the Wind Gusts will be around 15 km/h.
Ekana (Lucknow) Stadium pitch report
The pitches in the ground at Lucknow are highly Versatile. It has both red soil and black soil pitches making it a unique venue to play cricket.
Red soil pitches provide extra bounce, on the other hand black soil pitches provide help for the spin. Pitch for the match is not revealed yet but the pitch curator is confident to provide a sporty pitch for both the sides.
T20I Records :
Total International T20 matches at the venue – 4
Highest total – 195/2 – India vs West Indies
First T20 match – 06/11/2018
Last T20 Match – 17/11/2019
Average Runs per Wicket – 20.96
Average Runs per Over – 7.21
In the first ever International match at the venue, Rohit Sharma scored a century against West Indies in a T20 international. Rohit was the captain of India in that game.
The Indian team will reach Lucknow on Monday (February 21) while the visitors will reach the venue on Tuesday (February 22). Team Sri Lanka is in Australia for their T20I series.
India’s squad for T20I Series against Sri Lanka : Rohit (C), Ruturaj, Ishan (WK), Surya, Shreyas Iyer, Venkatesh, Deepak Chahar, Bumrah (VC), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Harshal, Siraj, Samson (WK), Ravi Jadeja, Chahal, Bishnoi, Kuldeep, Avesh
Sri Lanka’s tour of India schedule :
India vs Sri Lanka – 1st T20I – February 24 – Lucknow
Ind vs Sri Lanka – 2nd T20I – February 26 – Dharamshala
India vs Sri Lanka – 3rd T20I – February 27 – Dharamhsala
Ind vs Sri Lanka – 1st Test – March 4-8 – Mohali
India vs Sri Lanka – 2nd Test (D/N) – March 12-16 – Bengaluru