Date: 18 July, 2021
Time: 3 PM IST
Venue: R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
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India’s tour of Sri Lanka is set to kick off with the 1st of the 3-match ODI, starting on July 18, 2021 at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. Led by Shikhar Dhawan in the absence of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, this young side will look to make the most of the series. The young guns will be aiming to give their best under the leadership of Shikhar Dhawan and walk home with a series win. On the other hand, Sri Lanka walk in this series having suffered a humiliating defeat on the England Tour and would look for a revival in their home conditions.
The Shikhar Dhawan-led side has a perfect balance of young guns and experienced players to give a tough fight to the home team, which walks in with a slightly inexperienced squad. Openers Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan would be smart picks for one’s fantasy team, given their good form for Delhi Capitals in IPL 2021. Additionally, front-line bowlers Bhunveshwar Kumar, Yuzi Chahal and Deepak Chahar could also prove to be good choices in one’s fantasy team.
The woes for the Sri Lankan side continue, be it injuries, suspensions or players testing positive ahead of the crucial series. Led by Dasun Shanaka, this Sri Lankan side is slightly inexperienced and will find it a little difficult to be at par with their opponents. However, skipper Dasun Shanaka, De Silva and Hasaranga among other would be the best picks from the Sri Lankan side for the ODI series. Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera could also fetch a few good points in the fantasy team from Sri Lanka’s end.
Probable Playing XI
India- Shikhar Dhawan (c), Prithvi Shaw, Ishan Kishan/Sanju Samson, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini/Chetan Sakariya
Sri Lanka- Avishka Fernando, Pathum Nissanka, Minod Bhanuka/ Lahiru Udara (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Ramesh Mendis, Isuru Udana, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Akila Dhananjaya
Wicketkeepers: Ishan Kishan/Sanju Samson
Batsmen: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Avishka Fernando, Dasun Shanaka
All-rounders: Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana, Hardik Pandya
Bowlers: Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar
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