After thrashing hosts 2-1 in the ODIs, the visitors will now be looking to clinch the T20I series as well. The young guns of team India need no introduction when it comes to the shortest format of the game. Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya are some big names that don’t need an introduction.
Suryakumar Yadav, Prithvi Shaw and Ishan Kishan have already shown in ODIs what they are capable of and they will be eager to repeat the heroics in T20s as well. Shikar Dhawan, once again will lead the side with Bhuvaneshwar Kumar being his deputy.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand will have got some positives from ODI in the form of Avishka Fernando, Chamika Karunaratne, Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Akila Dananjaya. Hasaranga’s availability in T20s, however, it isn’t yet confirmed by the board. They will try their best to start the series on a winning note. However, it isn’t going to be an easy task as they are going to face the number T20I team in the world.
Also, if we look at the head-to-head record of India and Sri Lanka, the Men in Blue have a clear edge over the island nation. The two teams have played 19 T20Is with India turning out victorious on 13 occasions.
Here are the match details, pitch report, probable playing 11, squads, player records/stats and dream11 fantasy team predictions for 1st T20I of the India Tour of Sri Lanka, 2021 between India and Sri Lanka.
- Match: Sri Lanka vs India, 1st T20I
- Date: Sunday, July 25, 2021
- Time: 8:00 PM (IST)
- Venue: R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
The pitch at the RPS in Colombo has been fairly good for batting in the last T20 series played at the venue. The ball might swing around under the lights, but batting isn’t expected to be all that tough. The spinners might come into play as well as the game progresses.
SL vs IND Probable Playing XI
Sri Lanka Probable Playing XI
Dasun Shanaka (C), Minod Bhanuka (WK), Chamika Karunaratne, Akila Dananjaya, Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana / Praveen Jayawickrama, Dushmantha Chameera, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksha, Charith Asalanka.
India Playing XI
Shikhar Dhawan (C), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Prithvi Shaw, Sanju Samson /Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Deepak Chahar, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav / Varun Chakravarthy, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Sri Lanka & India Squads
Sri Lanka Squad
Dasun Shanaka (C), Ashen Bandara, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Charith Asalanka, Pathum Nissanka, Chamika Karunaratne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Ishan Jayaratne, Isuru Udana, Ramesh Mendis, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lahiru Udara, Minod Bhanuka, Akila Dananjaya, Asitha Fernando, Binura Fernando, Dushmantha Chameera, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Lakshan Sandakan, Praveen Jayawickrama, Shiran Fernando.
Shikhar Dhawan (C), Krunal Pandya, Devdutt Padikkal, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Varun Chakravarthy, Kuldeep Yadav, Nitish Rana, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ishan Kishan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Krishnappa Gowtham, Sanju Samson, Hardik Pandya, Navdeep Saini, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rahul Chahar, Prithvi Shaw, Deepak Chahar, Chetan Sakariya.
SL vs IND Last 5 Matches Stats
SL vs IND Head-to-head
- Faceoffs – 18
- Sri Lanka Won – 5
- India Won – 13
Average First Innings Score
157 Runs (Last 5 T20I matches played at this venue)
Record of Chasing Team
Stats based on the last 5 matches played at this venue.
- Matches Won: 3
- Matches Lost: 2
- No Result/Abandoned: 0
Top Picks For SL vs IND 1st T20I
1. Chamika Karunaratne: We have already witnessed his form destructive he can be in death overs. He has some amazing shots in his kitty and can play well in the upcoming T20I. He can contribute with the bowl too.
2. Avishka Fernando: He was the leading run-scorer for Sri Lanka in the ODI series with 159 runs in 3 matches. We can expect another good knock from him in the upcoming T20Is.
1. Hardik Pandya: He is a complete T20 player and we have already seen the destruction he does in the shortest format of the game. He can contribute well both with the bat and ball. Pandya has scored 474 runs and picked up 41 wickets in his T20I career.
2. Prithvi Shaw: He has been brilliant in the recently concluded ODI series against the hosts. He would be looking to continue his stunning momentum in the T20Is as well. He will make his T20I debut on Sunday.
SL vs IND Dream11 Expert Picks
SL vs IND Player Record/Stats (Top 5 Picks)
|Player||Stats (T20I Carrer)|
|Avishka Fernando||201 Runs|
|Wanindu Hasaranga||163 Runs & 26 Wickets|
|Deepak Chahar||18 Wickets|
|Suryakumar Yadav||89 Runs|
|Prithvi Shaw||Yet to play|
SL vs IND Captaincy Picks
- Ishan Kishan
- Suryakumar Yadav
- Bhanuka Rajapaksha
SL vs IND Dream11 Fantasy Team Prediction
Fantasy Team Suggestion 1
- Wicket-Keeper: Ishan Kishan
- Batsmen: Shikhar Dhawan, Suryakumar Yadav, Avishka Fernando, Prithvi Shaw
- All-Rounders: Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne
- Bowlers: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Akila Dananjaya
- Captain: Ishan Kishan
- Vice-Captain: Prithvi Shaw
Fantasy Team Suggestion 2
- Wicket-Keeper: Minod Bhanuka, Ishan Kishan
- Batsmen: Shikhar Dhawan, Suryakumar Yadav (c), Bhanuka Rajapaksha
- All-Rounders: Hardik Pandya, Wanindu Hasaranga, Krunal Pandya
- Bowlers: Deepak Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Dushmantha Chameera
- Captain: Suryakumar Yadav
- Vice-Captain: Bhanuka Rajapaksha
Probable Winner Of The Match
India is expected to win this match.
Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team for the fantasy game please consider the points mentioned and make your own decision at the time of making your team.