Today ,Indian cricket team will play their 1st match of the tour to Sri Lanka.it will be held at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo(3 PM IST). This is going to be a very interesting series for cricket fans because the regular players of team are currently in England where they are preparing for 5 test match series against England.
Some key players including Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma , Jasprit Bumrah, Rishabh Pant , Mohammed Shami will be unavailable for the series against Sri Lanka. Due to which , many youngsters have been selected for this tour. it is very exciting to see how these youngsters will perform in international cricket after showing their temperament in world’s biggest cricket league IPL, they would also want to target a spot for ICC T20 cricket world cup later this year.
India is starting this series as Favourites against Sri Lanka, who have many issues to solve before the series. With contract issues of players, injuries and many other things, Sri Lanka has a huge task to compete with Indian team. Sri Lanka would so want to silence their critics after a very poor show with bat and ball in recently concluded series against England , where they were not even able to give a descent fight. Sri Lanka has appointed all – rounder Dasun shanaka as their new captain for this series. And for India, Shikhar Dhawan is the new captain and Rahul Dravid, the new coach for this tour .
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They have appointed Dasun shanaka as their new captain. Kusal Perera is already out from this series due to injury. They are also missing some fine players ,even Angelo Mathews in unavailable due to some personal reason. it will be a huge task to play against India, even after some of key Indian players are not here but the depth of Indian team is very strong.
Expected playing 11:- Aviska Fernando,Minod Bhanuka(wk),Patthum Nissanka,Dhananjay de-silva,Bhanuka Rajapaksha,Wanindu Hasaranga, Dasun shanaka,Chamila karunaratne, Akila Dhananjaya,Dusmantha chameera, Lakshan Sandakan
Its Shikhar Dhawan’s first opportunity to lead team India. He would also want to seal his t20 opening slot for world cup because he was dropped in last series against England. He is expected to open the innings with Prithvi Shaw. who is also making a come back in team . the major toss up will be for wicket keeper , there are 2 wicket keeperS, Ishan Kishan and Sanju Samson. it will be very interesting to see who will be in final 11. kuldeep and Chahal are also expected to play together Indian fans are very excited to see how youngsters paly in this 6 match limited over series.
expected Playing 11:-Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw ,Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan kishan(wk),Manish Pandey, Hardik pandya, krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar , Deepak Chahar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Thunderstorms are predicted during the match which can interrupt the match. the temperature in expected to be around 29-26 degree Celsius.
the R Premedasa stadium is a high scoring ground. Team batting first should make at least 300 in this pitch.
- India last played an ODI series back in 2017.where India won very convincingly .
- Shikhar Dhawan is 23 runs away from 6000 ODI runs.
- India has a good record of 91-56 head to head against Sri Lanka.
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