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Cricket Match Information:
India vs Sri Lanka will be the first cricket game of the three-match T20 cricket series. This tour of Sri Lanka consists of only T20 internationals. This tour is going to be used as a preparation for the upcoming World T20 to be played in Australia. Our expert prediction is of a middling score in this game of cricket as the previous encounter in Guwahati was a low-scoring cricket game.
- Tournament: Sri Lanka tour of India 2019/20
- Cricket Match format: T20
- Cricket match time: 7:00 pm IST
- Cricket match date: 05.01.2020
- Venue: Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati
- Weather: Partly sunny, Temperature: 21 degrees, Thunderstorms: 20%
- Team A: India
- Team B: Sri Lanka
- Team A Captain: Virat Kohli
- Team B Captain: Lasith Malinga
India are going to be led by Virat Kohli in this cricket series. India’s star performer Rohit Sharma has been rested for this cricket series. Also, fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah is now back into the Indian side after suffering from an injury.
India last played the T20 cricket series against West Indies and won the series by 2-1 margin. India have begun to take T20s a lot seriously now and there has been an apparent change of approach.
Our prediction is of the inclusion of Jasprit Bumrah straightaway in the playing eleven.
Here is our prediction of India’s playing XI:
- Virat Kohli
- Shikhar Dhawan
- KL Rahul
- Jasprit Bumrah
- Shardul Thakur
- Rishabh Pant
- Shreyas Iyer
- Navdeep Saini
- Washington Sundar
- Shivam Dube
- Kuldeep Yadav
Sri Lanka are going to be led by Lasith Malinga in this cricket series. The Sri Lankan legend has retired from other formats of the game but looks forward to leading the team in the upcoming World T20 internationals.
Sri Lanka last played the T20 International cricket series against Australia in Australia and lost the series by 3-0 margin. They were good in the T20 cricket series played in Pakistan before that as they won the series with their second-string side against the number one side in the world.
Our prediction is of the inclusion of Angelo Matthews in the playing eleven. He is making a comeback in the side after being away from the T20 side for a long time.
Here is our prediction of Sri Lanka’s playing XI:
- Lasith Malinga
- Angelo Matthews
- Kusal Mendis
- Kusal Perera
- Niroshan Dickwella
- Isuru Udana
- Dasun Shanaka
- Oshado Fernando
- Wanindu Hasaranga
- Kasun Rajitha
- Bhanuka Rajapaksa
Expert Prediction: IND vs SL
India and Sri Lanka are back playing against each other, albeit this time only for the short T20 cricket series. This is going to be a three-match T20 series and the opening game of cricket is going to be played at Guwahati.
The last time a T20 game was played at Guwahati, India lost the game of cricket easily against Australia. It was a low-scoring game of cricket, where India were bowled out for just 118 runs. India have been looking at these T20s with a sense of opportunity to improve their skill sets. India have not had a lot of success as a side batting first and they have begun to address that issue.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, would be looking to get some rare success on Indian soil. They have not had a lot of success against India in India barring one or two games. Skipper Lasith Malinga have had a lot of experience in playing in India through the Indian Premier League and would be looking to use that to inspire other players in the team.
Another big story for India will be the comeback of Jasprit Bumrah in the team. He had been out of the side for a couple of months due to the injury. He is going to be the asset for the team in the upcoming World T20 competition hence, India would like him to get back to his best sooner than later.
Our prediction is of an Indian victory as India have proved to be too strong in their own conditions. Sri Lanka have come with a young squad who will have nothing to lose in this cricket series hence, they would like to express themselves in this cricket series.
Toss prediction? – The team winning the toss will look to bowl first as the T20 game is hugely a chase-friendly format. Hence, irrespective of the conditions, our prediction is that the team winning the toss would like to bowl first.
Who will win? – India
Top Batsman – KL Rahul (IND), Angelo Matthews (SL)
Top Bowler – Kuldeep Yadav (IND), Isuru Udana (SL)
Most Sixes – KL Rahul (IND), Angelo Matthews (SL)
Man of the Match – KL Rahul (IND)
Team Scores Batting first – India (170+), Sri Lanka (150+)
Our Official Partner Odds for India vs Sri Lanka
India – 1.55
Draw – 23.50
Sri Lanka – 2.20
*odds may change anytime