R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
March 6, Tuesday; 19:00 IST
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The primary instalment of India vs Sri Lanka cricket in 2018 is right here courtesy the Nidahas Trophy, which is a Twenty20 tri-series match (additionally that includes Bangladesh) being performed to mark the 70th 12 months of Sri Lankan independence. (Sri Lanka’s tour of India was introduced ahead to November-December 2017 to accommodate this tourney.)
With the subsequent version of the ICC World Twenty20 nonetheless greater than a few years away, this match doesn’t carry a lot of a significance for any of those groups. But, Sri Lanka have a rating to settle towards India (having misplaced Three-Zero in India on the finish of final 12 months) and Bangladesh, who had been convincingly crushed of their two-match T20I dwelling sequence by the Lankan Lions, do likewise. And these previous outcomes present context to what’s the second T20 tri-series of this calendar 12 months.
The Sri Lankan selectors have named a robust squad which options most of their A-listers. India, however, have gone with a largely second-string squad which is just about the identical from the one named for the three-T20I sequence again dwelling final December. Having confronted off solely within the latest previous, these groups may have a good understanding of one another’s strengths and weaknesses, and this familiarity might be at play come Tuesday evening.
Sri Lanka have begun this 12 months on a profitable word, registering sequence wins towards the Bangla Tigers in each format throughout their tour in January and February. And due to this fact, they’re prone to be in a greater way of thinking towards India in comparison with after they performed the Males in Blue late final 12 months.
All matches of this match might be performed on the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, the place India have received six of the seven T20Is that they have performed right here since 2009. Towards the house aspect, India have received each their matches right here. The Premadasa Stadium pitch is normally good for batting and in evening matches, the dew is a significant factor. The climate forecast is for a cloudy night, with the temperature dropping to 23 diploma Celsius.
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SL: WWLLL (final 5 accomplished T20Is, from left to proper)
1st match, India vs Sri Lanka taking part in 11
For the host, batsman-wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella has been dropped and he’s probably to get replaced within the XI by Kusal Perera, who missed the Bangladesh T20I sequence on account of a aspect pressure. Angelo Mathews continues to be out with a hamstring harm and Dinesh Chandimal will lead the aspect within the absence of the common captain.
Potential SL taking part in XI vs India: 1 Dinesh Chandimal (c), 2 Upul Tharanga, Three Danushka Gunathilaka, four Kusal Perera (wk), 5 Kusal Mendis, 6 Jeevan Mendis, 7 Dasun Shanaka, eight Thisara Perera, 9 Suranga Lakmal, 10 Akila Dananjaya, 11 Nuwan Pradeep
With T20 specialists like Suresh Raina and Jaydev Unadkat a part of the squad, to go along with the opposite batting and bowling mainstays, India will area a robust taking part in XI with loads of choices for the captain.
Potential India taking part in 11: 1 Rohit Sharma (c), 2 Shikhar Dhawan, Three Suresh Raina, four Manish Pandey, 5 Lokesh Rahul, 6 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 7 Vijay Shankar/Deepak Hooda, eight Axar Patel, 9 Shardul Thakur, 10 Jaydev Unadkat, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal
India, given the standard of their personnel and their hegemony over Sri Lanka, will begin as favorite to win this match. (They’re additionally the favorite to win this T20 tri-series.) The house aspect, although, have high quality gamers of their very own and, extra importantly, their first-choice personnel (Kusal Mendis, Thisara Perera, Upul Tharanga amongst others) might be excessive on confidence following good outings towards Bangladesh in February. Subsequently, the Lankan Lions will consider that they’re taking part in India at the absolute best time.