India seek substantial improvement in Ranchi


India will be eager to get swiftly back on track when they host Sri Lanka in Ranchi on Friday in the second of three Twenty20 internationals between the sides.

Little more than a week on from completing a 3-0 T20 whitewash of Australia with wins in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney, India suffered a somewhat surprising setback on Tuesday as they crumbled to 101 all out against Sri Lanka, en route to a five-wicket defeat.

Team director Ravi Shastri felt India were too slow to assess conditions in Pune, where a surprisingly green pitch was exploited by Sri Lanka's seam attack.

"You learn from every match. You do get such performances ... but the sooner it happens, the better," said Shastri in a pre-match news conference.

"That pitch did a little bit for the bowlers; it turned, it seamed, there was bounce, it was two-paced. It wasn't easy, so when you come with the flow of Australia [where conditions are much different], you could see the batsmen faltered.

"But there are no excuses - you have to adapt to the conditions and instead of 160 or 180, 140 might have been just good enough."

Sri Lanka's victory lifted them to the top of the ICC T20 rankings and represented a significant boost ahead of the Asia Cup and World T20 - particularly with senior players such as Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews and Tillakaratne Dilshan absent through injury.

Dilshan (hand) could return for the second T20, having been replaced by wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella last time out.

Chamara Kapugedera, another member of Sri Lanka's batting unit, said: "It's good to see that the youngsters have come and put their hands up and done so well.

"The [Twenty20] World Cup is played here so I think the young players who haven't played here will benefit a lot from it. Even for the senior players, we haven't played in India for a long time, so this will be a good opportunity."