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India aim to level series in Dhoni’s hometown

Ranchi, Feb. 12: Ranchi has never hosted a T20 international, but two of the three ODIs played there have yielded moderately high totals.

The track for the second match appears dry, and the weather is expected to remain good for the encounter, with temperatures in the low 20s.

The city’s most favourite son Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men will take on Sri Lankan counterparts on Friday evening at JSCA International Stadium in Ranchi.

On Friday, when Dhoni turns out in the city’s first T20 International, it could well be his last appearance for India at his home ground. The series has not started off well for hosts India.

They were taken aback by the bounce and pace on the Pune pitch. Ranchi should offer them some respite although there are some other concerns here as well.

For Sri Lanka, the series acts as an indicator to pick their World T20 squad and two names that stood out in the first game – pacer Kasun Rajitha and allrounder Dasun Shanaka – will no doubt be watched closely.

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