Date: 25th July, 2021
Time: 8:00 PM IST
Venue: R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
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The first of the three T20Is between India and Sri Lanka will be played on Sunday at the same venue – R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. The hosts have won just one out of their last ten T20Is. They lost the three-match series against England 3-0. As far as the head-to-head is concerned, the two teams have played against each other in 19 T20Is with India turning out victorious on 13 occasions.
After witnessing some exciting cricket in the fifty-over format, the focus now shifts to the shortest format of the game, the T20Is. The visitors India beat the hosts 2-1 in the ODI series. For India, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Prithvi Shaw had a good outing with all three getting among the runs. Captain Shikhar Dhawan too got a good score in the first ODI but failed to score in the final two games. Yuzvendra Chahal, Rahul Chahar, Deepak Chahar were all among wickets for India. For the hosts, Avishka Fernando, Chamika Karunaratne will be hoping to continue their good form in the T20Is.
The surface looks good for batting and since a similar pitch will be used in the T20Is as well, we can expect some turn as well for the spinners. With a 8:00 PM start for the match, the dew factor could play a major role. As a result, the captain who wins the toss will be looking to chase down the target. There will be something for the batters and the bowlers on this Premadasa wicket.
According to recent reports, it is being learned that Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav are ready to fly to England from Sri Lanka in the next 24 hours. After Gill, Sundar, and Avesh Khan were ruled out of the England tour, Indian team management has asked for replacements. As a result, Nitish Rana, Devdutt Padikkal or Ruturaj Gaikwad could get a chance in the Indian team.
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Predicted Playing XI:
Sri Lanka: Avishka Fernando, Minod Bhanuka (wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Lakshan Sandakan, Isuru Udana
India: Shikhar Dhawan ©, Ishan Kishan(wk), Sanju Samson, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Chahar, Rahul Chahar, Chetan Sakariya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal
Wicket-keepers: Ishan Kishan, Minod Bhanuka
Batsmen: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Suryakumar Yadav, Avishka Fernando
All-rounders: Hardik Pandya, Dhananjaya de Silva, Krunal Pandya, Wanindu Hasaranga
Bowlers: Deepak Chahar, Rahul Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Dushmantha Chameera
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