The three-match ODI series between India and Sri Lanka is all set to begin on Tuesday, January 10 at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati. The hosts will start the series as favorites. They are heading into the series on the back of a 2-1 win in the T20I series against the same opponent. However, Sri Lanka cannot be taken lightly.
Ahead of the start of the series, Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out of the series. A call was taken by the management to not rush the bowler to return to action so soon, after injury. The All-India Senior Selection Committee has included pacer Jasprit Bumrah in India’s ODI squad for the upcoming Mastercard 3-match ODI series against Sri Lanka,” the BCCI shared in a media release.
On the other hand, having the likes of Wanindu Hasaranga and Dasun Shanaka makes Sri Lanka, the team to be wary of in the series. Both the team will be keen to start off the series on a winning note on Tuesday in Guwahati. All-in-all, we are in for an exciting contest.
Details: India vs Sri Lanka, First ODI
Venue: Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati
Date and Time: Tuesday, January 10, 1:30 pm IST
The Barsapara Cricket Stadium saw Team India chase down 322 runs in 2018 against West Indies. That is the only ODI match to have taken place at the venue. The wicket is likely to again suit the batters which some help on offer for the spinners. The team that wins the toss is likely to chase, as dew might play a role.
India (IND) vs Sri Lanka (SL) – Predicted Playing XI
India – Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Arshdeep Singh/Umran Malik, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami
Sri Lanka – Dasun Shanaka (C), Kusal Mendis, Pathum Nissanka, Avishka Fernando, Dhanajaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Dilshan Madushanka
Fantasy Team Suggestions – IND vs SL
Team 1: Kusal Mendis, Virat Kohli (C), Dasun Shanaka, Shreyas Iyer, Pathum Nissanka, Axar Patel, Hardik Pandya, Wanindu Hasaranga (VC), Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Kasun Rajitha
Team 2: KL Rahul, Kusal Mendis, Virat Kohli, Dasun Shanaka (C), Shreyas Iyer (VC), Dhanajaya de Silva, Hardik Pandya, Wanindu Hasaranga, Mohammed Shami, Kasun Rajitha, Arshdeep Singh.