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Toss Winner - Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bowl first
India beat Sri Lanka by 62 runs
India are all set to host Sri Lanka after thrashing out the West Indies in both ODIs as well as T20Is
We predict that India will defeat Sri Lanka.
Tournament: Sri Lanka tour of India, 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali, India | Toss: To BatBet Now
The number one side of the T20I format in the world; India are hosting Sri Lanka for a tour of 3 T20s and 2 Tests. The first T20I between these two will be conducted at Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow on 24th February 2022. Indian skipper, Rohit Sharma has started his captaincy career with a bang, winning all the matches against West Indies on the previous tour.
Sri Lanka have been completely outbowled by the Australian side on the previous tour and now they will play against the Indian side, which is on a winning streak of 9 T20Is games. In the absence of Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant (both are rested), it will be a challenge for Rohit and his side to tackle Sri Lanka’s unit in the 3 match series.
In the last 8 bilateral T20 series played between these two Asian sides, India have an edge over Sri Lanka, winning 6 out of those 8. Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and pacer Jasprit Bumrah are back in the squad for this tour whereas, the ICC world number 3 all-rounder; Wanindu Hasaranga is also back in Sri Lanka’s squad.
The Indian team has surpassed England to be at the number one spot in the ICC T20 rankings after crushing West Indies by 3-0. Rohit Sharma led side is now hosting neighbours; Sri Lanka for 3 matches in the T20 series. Both sides will face each other in the first match at Lucknow on 24th February.
The Indian team is looking in great touch and finished off the previous tour by whitewashing the West Indies in ODI and T20s. Suryakumar Yadav has played some blistering knocks against the west indies and scored 107 runs in 3 matches at an average of 53.50 to win a man of the series. India’s former skipper Virat Kohli and wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant, have been rested for this series, so Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ishan Kishan are likely to open an innings.
The Indian bowling unit has been sensational in the last series while handling pressure in death overs. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Harshal Patel, both bowled brilliant 19th over in the 2nd and 3rd T20I respectively while defending totals. Now, this unit will become more brutal as pacer Jasprit Bumrah has joined the team for this bilateral series. Ravi Bishnoi will get help from Ravindra Jadeja in the spin department to put more pressure on opponents in the middle overs.
The overall Indian squad is looking more promising against Sri Lanka. They will try to continue the team’s winning streak in T20Is under the most successful Indian captain in T20 format; Rohit Sharma. The skipper will also have a chance to be India’s top run-scorer in the T20 format when he faces Sri Lanka in the first T20 game at Lucknow.
Key Players: Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Ravi Bishnoi, Jasprit Bumrah
Rohit Sharma (C), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Venkatesh Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Harshal Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah
Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan, Sanju Samson, Rohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Venkatesh Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Harshal Patel, Deepak Hooda, YS Chahal
Sri Lanka lost their previous series against Australia by 4-1 on Australian soil. Now they will face India in the subcontinent where they have poor T20 records in the last 5 T20 series against India. Sri Lanka will face hosts in the 1st T20 game at Lucknow on Thursday. Sri Lanka were nowhere in the game till the last T20 match they played against Australia. After poor batting performance throughout the series, they finally managed to chase down the target of 155 runs in the last game to avoid whitewash against Aussies. Pathum Nissanka was the lone warrior for them against Aussies’ lethal pace attack and was also the leading run-scorer of the series to score 184 runs in the 5 matches at an average of 36.80.
Wanindu Hasaranga who was the top wicket-taker(16 wickets) of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021, was not a part of the team as he tested positive for covid 19. Now, Sri Lanka will get a slight advantage in the spin as well the all-rounder’s department since he is back in the squad for the India tour. Sri Lanka won the previous T20 series against India which was played on Sri Lankan soil by 2-1, but despite that, the Indian team dominated them in the last 5 bilateral T20 series.
Sri Lanka have experience of playing in the sub-continent against India. They will try to utilize all this experience against hosts to break their winning streak as well as the poor records against the Indian team. Virat Kohli’s absence will be the huge advantage they have and they would like to use this opportunity to put pressure on the Indian middle-order when they face them in the 1st game on Thursday.
Key Players: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera
Dasun Shanaka (c), Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Charith Asalanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kamil Mishara, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Kumara, Praveen Jayawickrama
Janith Liyanage, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Kumara, Praveen Jayawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Pathum Nissanka, Kamil Mishara, Dasun Shanaka, Dinesh Chandimal, Jeffrey Vandersay, Chamika Karunaratne
The weather will be partly cloudy on Thursday with temperatures ranging between 29°C and 16°C. The wind will be flowing from the Westside at 13 km/h. The trend shows us that, in all T20Is played here, the pitch has favored bowlers in the second inning while defending totals.
The T20I series is set to be played at Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow. The ground has been renamed in recent times which was formerly known as Ekana International Cricket Stadium. A venue can accommodate 50,000 spectators.
In total 4 T20Is played at Lucknow so far, the team batting first has managed to win all of those. The pitch has been offering advantages to bowlers in the latter part of the game where dew factors come into the place. The team winning the toss should opt to bat first here.
The Indian team has played fine cricket in the last few T20 series and is high on confidence ahead of this series also. Counterparts; Sri Lanka have lost terribly in the last series against Australia. By looking at the current form of both the squads and analyzing home conditions, India will have an advantage over Sri Lanka in this 1st match which will be played at Lucknow.
We predict that India will defeat Sri Lanka.
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