Indian and New Zealand are set to play their second T20 game, after the first T20 was washed out due to rain. The second T20 at Chennai on September 11 will give both the nations a chance to prepare for the last time before the T20 World Cup.
India, especially, needs to make full use of this match, provided the rain gods decide to stay away. The T20 series marks a comeback of two Indian stalwarts, Yuvraj Singh
and Harbhajan Singh. Yuvraj has not seem any form of international competitive cricket after he was diagnosed with career-threatening cancer, and has now recovered. This series was expected to test the fitness level of Yuvraj Singh, but with the first game being abandoned, Yuvraj only has a single game to get back to form, gain fitness and in the process put him to the test of international cricket. The same goes for Harbhajan Singh, who was dropped from the Indian team after a string of poor performances.
Apart from these two players, the match holds great importance for India to try out new combinations on both the batting and bowling lines up before they play their first match in the T20 World Cup. There is a lot of similarity between the pitches in Sri Lanka and India, so it could have been a great practise match for both the teams, as they could have checked upon their strength and weaknesses in the shorter format of the game.