cricbuzz prediction: Gil opens instead of Kishan in the series opener

Sri Lanka hopes to continue their upward trend in ODI after winning six of their last ten matches.

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India’s overwhelming favorite

A few years ago Sri Lanka was really pathetic in her ODI form but now it’s a little better. Or at least I hope so. He also scored a brilliant victory against Australia in the . Generally, they trade as a team in an uptrend. The problem is that India is naturally a monster at home. Since the start of 2020, they have scored 9 of his 12 completed ODIs in the country (and why India have only played 12 of his ODIs at home in his three years). strange). In that period he played 12. )

Don’t talk about how the teams line up on paper. Because on paper India now tends to crush Sri Lanka every time. Thankfully, at least in her T20Is, the on-field rivalry wasn’t one-sided.

But now he’s switched to his ODI mode and is talking about the upcoming World Cup in India later this year. Until then, Sri Lanka must seriously look for staff. Who supports (currently injured) Dushmantha Chameera as seam his bowling his quick Talented but unrestricted (in this form) Dilshan Madhu Shanka is the bowler they will be eyeing What about seam trader Kasun Rajtha? Or will it fall back to the faster Rahil Kumara, who has been unimpressive in 15 ODIs but has shown signs of improvement recently with white balls? And can they fix their spin attack? Wanindu Hasaranga is the world’s best T20 leg spinner, but his ODI record is modest in comparison. Maheesh Theekshana is only slightly better.They are rightfully our top picks in Sri Lanka, but the format still has a way to go.

India has little to elaborate and little to prove. Their problem is abundance. Suryakumar Yadav, who has been playing his T20I innings furiously over the past few days, could be ruled out of that top of his order. If he plays, with ODI averages reaching his 40s, either Shreyas Iyer or KL Rahul could have to give way.

Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik and Washington Sundar could all be fighting in the same spot on the fast bowling front. If there is a Sri Lankan player among them, they will play without a doubt. India beats Sri Lanka on paper every time. It happened often. But Sri Lanka also had a way of defying its statistics and records.

In the spotlight:
Is there another Kohli Masterclass scheduled?

Virat Kohli’s record against Sri Lanka is worrying. He scored 2,220 runs in 46 innings against this opponent, just short of his record against the West Indies. He has 800s and 1150s against them, and his strike rate is 91, although many of those games are played on slower Sri Lankan courses. There may be some bright highlights in the Indian galaxy these days, but Sri Lankan bowlers fear no more. From Cori. He also just finished his ODI century after scoring his 113th goal against Bangladesh in December.

India XI (possible): 1 Rohit Sharma (capt.), 2 Shubman Gill, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 KL Rahul (wk) 5 Suryakumar Yadav/Shreyas Iyer, 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Axar Patel, 8 Yuzvendra Chahal, 9 Washington Sundar/ Kuldeep Chahal, 10 Mohammed Siraj, 11 Mohammed Shami, 10 Arshdeep Singh/ Umran Malik

Sri Lanka have some decisions to make on the seam-bowling front, but their top order and spin attack should be reasonably settled.

Sri Lanka (possible): 1 Kusal Mendis (wk), 2 Pathum Nissanka, 3 Avishka Fernando, 4 Dhananjaya de Silva, 5 Charith Asalanka, 6 Dasun Shanaka, 7 Wanindu Hasaranga, 8 Chamika Karunaratne, 9 Maheesh Theekshana, 10 Kasun Rajitha, 11 Dilshan Madushanka/Lahiru Kumara

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