Match Preview

Sri Lanka and India will play against each other in the first match of a 3-Match ODI series on July 18, 2021 in R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. Both the teams lack their key players but still India is in good form in this format after beating England in the 3-Match ODI series while Sri Lanka is coming off 3 back-to-back ODI series defeats. Sri Lankan players need to put their back into this series to make any progress against their strong opponents.

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is inclined towards batting and is more favorable to pacers than spinners. Chances of light rain with temperatures at 27 – 28 °C.


Total matches                             131

Matches won batting first            71

Matches won bowling first          50

Average 1st Inns scores             235

Average 2nd Inns scores           195

Highest total recorded                 375/5 (50 Ov) by IND vs SL

Lowest total recorded                  86/10 (29.3 Ov) by NED vs SL

Highest score chased                  288/5 (49.4 Ov) by IND vs SL

Lowest score defended               204/7 (50 Ov) by SL vs IND

Top Wicket-Keeper picks

1) Sanju Samson – The right-handed wicketkeeper-batter played great innings in the IPL matches. He is in good form and best player in this category for the next match.

List A Records

Matches – 95

Runs – 2445

Highest Score – 212*

Average – 30.5

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) Shikhar Dhawan – The left-handed batsman is a strong stroke-player from his squad. He is one of the most experienced players in this format and will be a wise choice for the next match.

Matches – 142

Runs – 5977

Highest Score -143

Average – 45.28

2) Prithvi Shaw – The right-handed opener has shown great form in the IPL and domestic ODI matches in India and the same is to be expected from him in this series against Sri Lanka.

List A Records

Matches – 41

Runs – 2211

Highest Score – 227*

Average – 58.18

3) Dasun Shanaka – The right handed batsman is an explosive middle-order player, he has played stable innings in the ODI series against England.

Matches – 28

Runs – 611

Highest Score – 68

Average – 26.56

4) Avishka Fernando – The right-handed batsman played decent innings in the ODI series against England. He is in good form and is a wise pick for the next match.

Matches – 20

Runs – 669

Highest Score – 127

Average – 20.77

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) Bhuvneshwar Kumar – The right-arm medium bowler bowled phenomenal spells in the IPL matches. He has great potential to destroy an opponent’s batting line up owing to his great experience in this format.

Matches – 117

Wickets – 138

Economy – 5.01

2) Kuldeep Yadav – The left-arm wrist spinner is an experienced bowler in this format. His economical bowling spell can baffle even the most skillful batsman.

Matches – 63

Wickets – 105

Economy – 5.22

3) Dushmantha Chameera – The right-arm fast bowler has quick pace, generated from a slightly round-arm action. He is in good form and will be beneficial for his team next match.

Matches – 31

Wickets – 33

Economy – 5.16

4) Isuru Udana – The talented left-arm fast bowler’s variety and changes of pace is a weapon for his team. He can turn the winds of the match in his favour.

Matches – 20

Wickets – 18

Economy – 6.17

Top 4 All-rounder Picks

1) Wanindu Hasaranga – The middle order batsman, and an aggressive legbreak bowler is an asset for his team. He is in good form and will be a wise pick for the next match.

Matches – 24

Runs – 518

Highest Score – 80*

Average – 14.81

Wickets – 22

Economy – 5.08

2) Hardik Pandya – He is a powerful hard hitting batsman in the middle order and brisk seam bowler. He has a lot of potential to play good innings in the next match. His stat records suggest he is an excellent player in this format.

Matches – 60

Runs – 1267

Highest Score – 92*

Average – 27.28

Wickets – 55

Economy – 5.56

 3) Dhananjaya de Silva – The right-handed batsman and right arm off break bowler played great innings in the ODI series against England. He is in good form and will be beneficial in the next match.

Matches – 50

Runs – 1064

Highest Score – 91

Average – 40.79

Wickets – 25

Economy – 5.14

 4) Krunal Pandya – The left-handed batsman and slow left arm orthodox bowler was in great form in the IPL matches. His skilful batting and bowling performance will be an asset for his team in the next match.

List A record

Matches – 69

Runs – 2078

Highest Score – 133*

Average – 38.48

Wickets – 81

Economy – 5.06

 Predicted Playing 11


 Shikhar Dhawan (c), Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Sanju Samson/Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Chahar/Navdeep Saini, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal

Bench: Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Nitish Rana, Krishnappa Gowtham, Sanju Samson/Ishan Kishan, Rahul Chahar, Varun Chakravarthy, Navdeep Saini/Deepak Chahar, Chetan Sakariya

Sri Lanka

Avishka Fernando, Pathum Nissanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksha, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (c), Minod Bhanuka (wk), Lahiru Kumara, Isuru Udana, Akila Dananjaya/Lakshan Sandakan, Dushmantha Chameera

Bench: Ramesh Mendis, Akila Dananjaya/Lakshan Sandakan, Lahiru Kumara/Binura Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Udara, Ishan Jayaratne, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Charith Asalanka, Ashen Bandara, Chamika Karunaratne, Shiran Fernando, Praveen Jayawickrama, Asitha Fernando


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