India vs. Sri Lanka 1st T20I 2021: Tips and Predictions

India-Sri Lanka games have been a regular fixture over the years. No matter how jam-packed the schedule, India either hosts or visits the Island nation for a short series. Even when the main team is visiting England for some high-profile series, the second string India would take on the Lankans in Lanka. The series was hastily scheduled to pull the crisis-ridden Lankan board out of some serious financial troubles. Plus, it will give India’s young guns a chance to get noticed.

Schedule:

Match Date Venue Time (IST)
1st ODI 18th July Colombo 01:30 PM
2nd ODI 20th July Colombo 01:30 PM
3rd ODI 23rd July Colombo 01:30 PM
1st T20I 25th July Colombo 07:00 PM
2nd T20I 27th July Colombo 07:00 PM
3rd T20I 29th July Colombo 07:00 PM

Lasting for just 13 days, India’s tour of Lanka would have kick-started on the 13th July 2021 at Colombo. A coronavirus attack in the Sri Lankan games has pushed the series till the end of the month. The games will go ahead, despite the Lankan’s video analyst testing positive for COVID just days back. That’s good news for everyone, the two boards and teams, alongside cricket fans, fantasy players and punters. If you too love the game and wish to monetize it through betting and fantasy cricket, our tips and predictions would help.

The Winner:

India is fielding a second-string squad though, it’s still good enough for the struggling Lankans. With all bases covered, India enters the contest as overwhelming favourites. However, the Men in Blue have been losing the first game of a series, be it against Australia in Australia or against England in India. If you prefer betting on an underdog, this is the game. Indians are yet to be acclimatized to the Lankan conditions, which might hold them back. Upon factoring in all the factors that can affect the outcome, our experts give India a decent 65% chance.

Highest Scorer:

Both teams are yet to finalize their respective playing elevens, but certain players will feature in the game. Captain, Shikhar Dhawan, is the frontrunner for the highest scorer. At the top, he can play long innings and score quickly. Other Indian contenders include Surya Kumar Yadav, Prithvi Shaw, and Devdutt Padikkal. If he plays, Padikkal can be considered for your fantasy team. The stylish lefty can score big with a good strike rate if he gets going. Plus, he’s incredibly cheap.

Also Read: India Tour of Sri Lanka: Fixtures, Squads, Venues

Highest Wicket-taker:

The Indian vice-captain, Bhubaneswar Kumar, was ignored for the England tour. So, he has a lot to prove. The motivation can help him to deliver his best and take wickets in the heap. Provided he plays, Chahal can be deadly on the spin-friendly Lankan pitches. If Wanindu Hasaranga is picked in the playing eleven, he could prove destructive with his deceptive leg-breaks.

Despite the pandemic outbreak, players and organizers are most likely to continue with the matches. Bookmark this page for the latest updates.

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