Date: January 10, 2023
Time: 1:30 PM IST
Venue: Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati
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After a whitewash against New Zealand and an embarrassing beating from Bangladesh, a concerned Indian team will resume their preparation for the World Cup 2023. Rohit Sharma-led side is all set to take on Sri Lanka in a three-match ODI series, starting from January 10 (Tuesday), in Guwahati.
After a brief break, seniors like Rohit Sharma, and Virat Kohli will be in action, while Jasprit Bumrah is making a highly-anticipated comeback after a long recovery. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka will be hoping to give a tough fight to the hosts following a nail-biting contest in the shortest format. Let’s look at the prediction for the upcoming fixture.
The Guwahati pitch is known to be sporting one as the batters and bowlers are both likely to get assistance. Spinners will have a great time due to the slow nature of the track.
The hosts will be favourites to win the match owing to their star-studded line-up. In the absence Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill is likely to open the innings alongside Rohit Sharma. Virat Kohli will look to add more records to his name as he hopes to bring his form in the new year. Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya will make the middle-order formidable. Iyer was in fine touch last year and will look to make a statement ahead of World Cup 2023. KL Rahul’s form has been a major concern for the side. Jasprit Bumrah is likely to headline pace attack along with Mohammed Siraj concluding the eleven.
Predicted playing XI:
Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Md. Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami.
Dasun Shanaka-led side will look to give a close fight to the Men in Blue. Kusal Mendis will be a key batter for the visitors as the right-hander has been in good form lately. He was the second-highest run-getter for the side in the T20I series, with 103 runs in three innings. Pathum Nissanka will also be another instrumental batter in the squad who will have a lot of responsibilities on his shoulder. Lankan skipper Dasun Shanaka will look to continue his carnage against Indians. Dilshan Madushanka was the highest wicket-taker for his side in the three-match T20I series, while Theekshana and Wanindu Hasaranga will also be crucial players.
Predicted playing XI:
Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Avishka Fernando, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (C), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Dilshan Madushanka, Lahiru Kumara
There is no denying that Sri Lanka will give a tough fight to the hosts, but the Rohit Sharma-led side is likely favorites. Team India is a formidable group in home conditions and can spoil the chances of any opposition on any given day. Hence India is likely to win the 1st ODI against Sri Lanka.
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