HPCA Stadium, Dharamsala
December 10, Sunday; 11:30 IST
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The issue for Sri Lanka in ODI cricket in 2017 has been that they haven’t managed to cease the rut. In fact, you’ve contributing elements (the first being the gamers not performing to their potential and a discernible drop within the high quality of gamers) to their stepping into this rut and people have already had far-reaching penalties. However their run of simply 4 ODI wins in 29 matches this yr is unfathomable, to say the least. (In case you might be questioning, groups who’re ranked effectively under Sri Lanka, like Eire (12th) and Zimbabwe (11th), have gained extra ODIs.) And, going into the final ODI collection earlier than the tip of 2017, you can’t assist however wonder if the Lankan Lions will at the least problem an under-strength Indian crew.
The overall consensus is Virat Kohli-less Indian crew will not be as formidable as they’re with their finest batsman, which is true. However you even have a Sri Lankan crew who’ve a brand new ODI captain (Thisara Perera), gamers getting back from accidents (Asela Gunaratne and Nuwan Pradeep) and a few new faces within the squad named for the three-ODI collection. On prime of those points is the psychological make-up of a crew who’ve been on the receiving finish of three 5-Zero collection defeats.
Rohit Sharma is about to turn out to be India’s 24th ODI captain and is prone to discover the job simpler merely due to the gamers at his disposal. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who tied the knot final month, has returned to the squad, as has Hardik Pandya, who was rested for the Take a look at collection. And so, the one two adjustments are Shreyas Iyer changing Kohli and Siddarth Kaul coming rather than Shardul Thakur from the squad which was named for the ODI collection towards New Zealand. India, for sure, are extra settled and formidable. However from Sri Lanka’s perspective, the query is can their key gamers, specifically Niroshan Dickwella, Upul Tharanga, Lahiru Thirimanne, Danushka Gunathilaka (within the batting division), Nuwan Pradeep, and Dushmantha Chameera elevate their recreation or at the least play to potential. Therein lies the results of this collection.
This ODI collection kicks off on the picturesque HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala, the place, due to the inclement climate situations within the month of December, the timing of the match has been preponed from the standard 13:30 IST for day-night ODIs to 11:30 IST. One of many conspicuous points of taking part in at this venue is the air-borne ball travels sooner due to the excessive altitude (Dharamsala is 1457 metres above sea stage) than at a venue which is at sea stage. The pitch on the HPCA Stadium affords good tempo and bounce, usually, and naturally is sweet for strokeplay. Three ODIs have taken place up to now right here, all involving India, and the house crew have gained two of these matches. Contemplating the pitch we usually get right here, you may assume that the matches have tended to be high-scoring. Not been that case at all times, however come this Sunday, you possibly can anticipate a fairly high-scoring match.
IND: WWLWL (final 5 ODIs, from left to proper)
1st ODI: India vs Sri Lanka taking part in XI
For India, I anticipate Shreyas Iyer to return rather than Kohli and bat at No. three, with the remainder of the line-up being just about the identical in any other case.
India taking part in 11 for the primary ODI: 1 Rohit Sharma (c), 2 Shikhar Dhawan, three Shreyas Iyer, four Dinesh Karthik, 5 Kedar Jadhav, 6 MS Dhoni (wk), 7 Hardik Pandya, eight Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Yuzvendra Chahal, and 11 Jasprit Bumrah
Sri Lanka’s taking part in XI is sort of settled and easy, as effectively. And lots of the gamers who’re prone to play on Sunday have fairly a little bit of expertise from having performed half-a-dozen ODIs towards India this yr. Asela Gunaratne has returned to the squad after having recovered from a damaged thumb within the first Take a look at towards India again house in July. Nuwan Pradeep, who wasn’t a part of the Take a look at squad, is a part of the ODI squad, and I anticipate these two gamers to function.
Sri Lanka taking part in XI for the first ODI: 1 Thisara Perera (c), 2 Niroshan Dickwella (wk), three Danushka Gunathilaka, four Lahiru Thirimanne, 5 Upul Tharanga, 6 Angelo Mathews, 7 Asela Gunaratne, eight Akila Dananjaya, 9 Nuwan Pradeep, 10 Dushmantha Chameera, and 11 Suranga Lakmal
India clearly begin as favourites and as has been mentioned about them in current instances, they’ve just about each base coated. Basically, you possibly can say that they’re adequate to blow Sri Lanka away for the umpteenth time. However India’s weak hyperlink is their center order, as we’ve got reiterated many instances, and if the Sri Lankan bowling assault can choose wickets at common intervals, the guests stand an excellent likelihood of springing a shock.