The announcement of India’s tour to Sri Lanka has sent ripples across the cricketing world. The tour coincides with India’s tour to England, meaning India is fielding two teams simultaneously. The main team would be featuring in the ICC World Test Championship and an ensuing series against hosts, England while the second string team would play a white-ball series in Sri Lanka.
|1st ODI||13th July||Colombo||01:30 PM|
|2nd ODI||16th July||Colombo||01:30 PM|
|3rd ODI||18th July||Colombo||01:30 PM|
|1st T20I||21st July||Colombo||07:00 PM|
|2nd T20I||23rd July||Colombo||07:00 PM|
|3rd T20I||25th July||Colombo||07:00 PM|
The Sri Lankan tour involves three ODIs and three T20Is and would be completed in 13 days flat. The tour is short with India up against weak opposition. But the stakes are high. Led by Shikhar Dhawan, the Indian squad has some proven international performers and some serious contenders for a place in the main team. Success here will benchmark India’s bench strength.
If you are a player looking to exploit the India-Sri Lanka series for some serious money, here’re a few cricket betting tips compiled by our in-house analysts upon thorough evaluations.
- T20 SERIES WINNER: India is a stronger team with all bases covered. On the other hand, the Lankan team is struggling to put an eleven together. However, T20 offers an opportunity for the underdog to stage an upset. So, India is expected to win the series 2-1. If you like betting on an underdog, choose your match wisely. It could be the first match, as Indian has lately acquired the knack for starting with a loss. They take time to settle down.
- ODI Series Winner: Again, India would enter the ODI series as favourites, having the right mix of experience and youth. Unless Lankans play out of their skin, India would seal the ODI series 3-0. By the time India plays the ODI series, they are likely to have found their rhythm. Also, there’s a strange thing about formats. As the format gets bigger, the stronger teams have a better chance. However, an upset can’t be ruled out.
- Highest Scorer: There’re so many contenders for the highest scorer, Shikhar Dhawan for one. Though in his late 30s, he can score big and score quickly. As a top-order batsman, he has more overs to play longer and score heavily. The other top-order batsmen, Surya Kumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw can also emerge as the leading scorers in both series.
- Highest Wicket-taker: It depends on the pitch and which player gets to play. If the Colombo pitch favours spin, which it does traditionally, Chahal is the favourite. However, that’s only if he gets a majority of games. If the pitch has something for seamers, the Indian vice-captain, Bhubaneswar Kumar, can be the frontrunner in fantasy cricket matches. He has the experience, pace, variations and movement to pick wickets.
Follow the above tips to pick out a winning team for your fantasy game.