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Cricket Betting Tips and Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: Sri Lanka vs India - 1st ODI

Shikhar Dhawan (India)
Shikhar Dhawan (India)

The 1st ODI of the three-match series between Sri Lanka and India will be played at R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on Sunday July 18th 2021.

Live Scores and Stats - Sri Lanka vs India - 1st ODI

India and Sri Lanka have met each other in ODI cricket on a total of 159 occasions, out of which Sri Lanka have won 56 and India have won 91.

While the head to head record used to be quite balanced at one point, Sri Lanka have managed to win only one of their last five ODI matches against India.

India are expected to go with Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya a their top 7, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar leading the pace attack.

Now the million-dollar question, whether or not will Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal be reunited in the ODIs? After wreaking havoc post the 2015 Champions Trophy, the pair fizzled out come the 2019 ODI World Cup and has since been separated.

With the likes of Rahul Chahar and Varun Chakravarthy in line to get games in the T20Is, it will not be a bad option to play both Chahal and Yadav and give them 30 overs each to show if they still have it in them to be successful at the highest level.

Sri Lanka are likely to open with Pathum Nissanka and Avishka Fernando, with Oshada Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka and Wanindu Hasaranga in the middle order. Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera are their leading bowlers.

Let's have a look at the probable playing XIs:

Sri Lanka - Pathum Nissanka, Avishka Fernando, Oshada Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Minod Bhanuka (wk), Chamika Karunaratne, Lahiru Kumara, Lakshan Sandakan, Dushmantha Chameera

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


Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*

Who will win the toss? - India

Who will win? – India

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Shikhar Dhawan (India), Dhananjaya de Silva (Sri Lanka)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Bhuvneshwar Kumar (India), Wanindu Hasaranga (Sri Lanka)

Most Sixes – Prithvi Shaw (India), Avishka Fernando (Sri Lanka)

Player of the Match –  Shikhar Dhawan

Team Scores Batting first - India 320+, Sri Lanka 260+

Match Handicap India

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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.

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