The first ODI between India and Sri Lanka is set to take place at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday.
Indian squad aren’t short on star power, with the likes of Suryakumar Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar being part of it. In addition, the tour would also provide uncapped players such as Devdutt Padikkal and Varun Chakravarthy to stamp their authority on the international arena.
Sri Lankans come into the series on the back of embarrassing series losses at the hands of England in both the ODI and T20I formats. In addition, Kusal Perera’s absence dents their fortunes with Dasun Shanaka set to lead the side.
Predicted Playing XIs
Sri Lanka Pathum Nissanka, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Minod Bhanuka (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana, Lahiru Kumara/Kasun Rajitha, Akila Dananjaya and Dushmantha Chameera
India Shikhar Dhawan (c), Prithvi Shaw, Sanju Samson (wk), Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav/Rahul Chahar and Navdeep Saini
The pitch at the R. Premadasa Stadium is a good one to bat on with some help on offer for the bowlers.
Match: Sri Lanka vs India, 1st ODI
Date and Time: 18th July 2021, at 3:00 PM IST
Venue: R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the information mentioned, and make your own decision.