Sri Lanka Women and India Women will go head to head to mark the start of the limited-overs tour. First up will be the T20I series opener at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Dambulla on June 23. Both the teams haven’t had an impressive record heading into this T20I mode with Sri Lanka having lost a series to Pakistan 3-0. Meanwhile, India too lost their last T20I which was a one-off fixture against New Zealand last year.
Ahead of the two neighbouring country’s first face-off on this tour, here is a stat-based prediction of who might emerge on top in the key moments of the match. Meanwhile, let us also have a look at who have their noses ahead before the first ball is bowled.
1. Toss Prediction
Sri Lanka women won three consecutive tosses in their last T20I series against Pakistan. On the other hand, India women too won their last two tosses but in their last three tosses, they have one loss. So based on this stat, predicting Sri Lanka women to win the toss.
2. Win Possibility
The overall head-to-head prediction suggests it should be an easy win for India. This is because the two teams have faced each other in 18 matches overall. While the Indian team has won 14 of these games, the Sri Lankan eves have emerged victorious on 3 occasions. One game has ended without a result. Based on these stats, India will start as the overwhelming favourite although anything could happen in the shortest format of the game.
3. Team of the Day
The Team of the Day is India who are ranked number 4 on the ICC T20I rankings. By contrast, Sri Lanka are ranked eighth. The Indian team also enjoys a better head-to-head record over Sri Lanka and all these things suggest India are favourites the touring party should come out on top in the series opener.
4. Powerplay Score
The average powerplay score for Sri Lanka in their last 3-match T20I series which was against Pakistan was 27. The mean score in the powerplay for India in their last 3-match T20I series against Australia is 36. So based on these stats, while Sri Lanka could end up with less than 30 runs in the first six overs, India are likely to score more.
5. Average Score
This is the first T20I at this venue. However, based on the average first innings score of 14 Women ODIs at this venue which is 198.28, this could be a low-scoring game.
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