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Twenty20 International Sri Lanka vs India

Sri Lanka Tour of India, 2022 – India vs Sri Lanka – 1st T20I Match Prediction

India, the world’s number one T20I side, is hosting Sri Lanka for a three-T20I and two-Test series. The first T20I between these two will be played on February 24, 2022, at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow. Indian captain Rohit Sharma began his captaincy with a bang, winning all three matches against the West Indies on the previous tour.

Sri Lanka were completely outbowled by the Australian team on their previous tour, and now they will face an Indian team that is on a nine-game winning streak in T20Is. In the absence of Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant (both rested), Rohit and his team will face a difficult task in the three-match series against Sri Lanka.

India has an advantage over Sri Lanka in the last eight bilateral T20 series played between these two Asian sides, winning six of those eight. Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and pacer Jasprit Bumrah have returned to the squad for this tour, while Sri Lanka’s ICC world number three all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga has also returned.

The game between the two teams will take place on February 24th, 2022 at Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow.

Match Details to Note

Match: India vs Sri Lanka, 1st T20I Match, Sri Lanka Tour of India, 2022

Date: February 24, 2022 (Thursday)

Time: 7:00 PM IST

Venue: Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow

India vs Sri Lanka Team Previews

India (Match Odds – 1.20)

After a 3-0 victory over the West Indies, India has surpassed England to take the top spot in the ICC T20 rankings. The team led by Rohit Sharma is now hosting their neighbours, Sri Lanka, for three T20 matches. The first match will be played on February 24th in Lucknow between the two teams.

The Indian team is in great form, having whitewashed the West Indies in ODIs and T20s on their previous tour. Suryakumar Yadav delivered some thunderous knocks against the West Indies, scoring 107 runs in three matches at an average of 53.50 to earn man of the series honours. Former India captain Virat Kohli and wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant have been rested for this series, so Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ishan Kishan will likely open an innings.

The Indian team is in great form, having whitewashed the West Indies in ODIs and T20s on their previous tour. Suryakumar Yadav delivered some thunderous knocks against the West Indies, scoring 107 runs in three matches at an average of 53.50 to earn man of the series honours. Former India captain Virat Kohli and wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant have been rested for this series, so Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ishan Kishan will likely open an innings.

The Indian team as a whole appears to be improving against Sri Lanka. They will attempt to extend the team’s winning streak in T20Is under the captaincy of India’s most successful T20 captain, Rohit Sharma. The skipper will also have a chance to become India’s leading T20 run-scorer when he faces Sri Lanka in the first T20 match in Lucknow.

India Squad

Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Rohit Sharma (c), Sanju Samson, Venkatesh Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Harshal Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Deepak Hooda, Avesh Khan, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal

Predicted XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Rohit Sharma (c), Sanju Samson, Venkatesh Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Harshal Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah

Sri Lanka (Match Odds – 4.55)

Sri Lanka’s previous series against Australia was a 4-1 loss on Australian soil. They will now face India in the subcontinent, where they have a poor T20 record in the last five T20 series with India. On Thursday, Sri Lanka will play the hosts in the first T20 match in Lucknow. Sri Lanka had been out of the game until their last T20 match against Australia. After a poor batting performance throughout the series, they finally managed to chase down the 155-run target in the final game to avoid a whitewash against the Aussies. Pathum Nissanka was their lone warrior against Australia’s lethal pace attack, and he was also the series’ leading run-scorer, scoring 184 runs in five matches at an average of 36.80.

Wanindu Hasaranga, the ICC T20 World Cup 2021’s top wicket-taker (16 wickets), was not selected because he tested positive for Covid 19. Now that he is back in the squad for the India tour, Sri Lanka will have a slight advantage in both the spin and all-rounder departments. Despite winning the previous T20 series against India on Sri Lankan soil by a score of 2-1, the Indian team has dominated them in the last five bilateral T20 series.

Sri Lanka has previous experience playing against India in the subcontinent. They will attempt to use all of their experience against hosts to end their winning streak as well as their poor record against the Indian team. The absence of Virat Kohli will be a huge advantage for them, and they will look to capitalise on this opportunity to put pressure on the Indian middle-order when they face them in the first game on Thursday.

Sri Lanka Squad

Pathum Nissanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kamil Mishara (wk), Dinesh Chandimal, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Jeffrey Vandersay, Praveen Jayawickrama, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Kumara, Janith Liyanage, Ashian Daniel, Shiran Fernando, Binura Fernando

Predicted XI: Pathum Nissanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kamil Mishara (wk), Dinesh Chandimal, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Jeffrey Vandersay, Praveen Jayawickrama, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Kumara

India vs Sri Lanka Toss Prediction

So far, in four T20Is played in Lucknow, the team batting first has won all four. The pitch has been advantageous to bowlers in the latter stages of the game when dew factors are present. The team that wins the toss should bat first in this situation.

To Win the Toss – India – 1.85

To Win the Toss – Sri Lanka – 1.85

Pitch and Weather Conditions

The T20I series will be played at Lucknow’s Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium. The ground, which was previously known as Ekana International Cricket Stadium, has recently been renamed. A venue can hold 50,000 spectators.

Thursday’s weather will be partly cloudy, with temperatures ranging from 29°C to 16°C. The wind will be blowing at 13 km/h from the west. The trend shows that the pitch has favoured bowlers in the second inning while defending totals in all T20Is played here.

India vs Sri Lanka Match Prediction

The Indian team has performed admirably in recent T20 series and is optimistic about this one as well. Counterparts; Sri Lanka suffered a crushing defeat in their most recent series against Australia. Based on the current form of both squads and an analysis of home conditions, India will have a slight advantage over Sri Lanka in the first match, which will be played in Lucknow.

India is the favourite to beat Sri Lanka at the odds of 1.20.

  • The Indian team has won the last six bilateral T20 series against Sri Lanka.
  • Under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy, India has won 9 consecutive T20Is and has whitewashed New Zealand and the West Indies in the T20 series.
  • India has defeated Sri Lanka three times in the last five matches.

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