IND vs SL 1st T20I Match Prediction – Who will win today's match?

India vs Sri Lanka 1st T20 Match Prediction – Who will win today’s match between IND vs SL?

The previous T20I series between India and Sri Lanka ended in the favour of the island nation last year.

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After a thumping win against West Indies in the limited-overs series, India will be facing another challenge from their neighbouring nation Sri Lanka in a three-match T20I series starting from the 24th of February. India has opted to rest big guns like Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant for the T20I series and they will be back for the longer format. Sanju Samson has earned a recall into the side as a backup wicketkeeping option for Ishan Kishan and the series is expected to be a big opportunity for the youngsters.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka is coming off a 1-4 loss in Australia and they managed to string some positives together towards the end of the series. Pathum Nissanka had an excellent series with the bat while Lahiru Kumara with his pace was very much impressive. They will miss the services of their match-winner Wanindu Hasaranga due to Covid-19 as he can turn around games with both bat and ball. The previous series between these two sides ended in the favour of Sri Lanka last year.

Match Details

India vs Sri Lanka 1st T20I

Venue: Ekana Sports City, Lucknow

Date & Time: February 24th at 7:00 PM IST

Live Streaming: Star Network for Television and Disney Hotsar for streaming

Pitch Report:

The wicket has been suitable to fast bowling so far and both teams will be looking to stack their bowling department with pace. Batting first has produced better results on the wicket and the captain winning the toss might be tempted to put a score on the board despite the dew factor coming in.

Average score – 151 ( 7 T20I games )

Succesful run chases (won – 3, lost -4)

Probable Playing XIs for IND vs SL:

India

Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Rohit Sharma(c), Deepak Hooda, Venkatesh Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravi Bishnoi, Jasprit Bumrah

Sri Lanka

Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Dinesh Chandimal, Janith Liyanage, Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Praveen Jayawickrama, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara

IND vs SL Head to Head

Overall games – 22, India-14, Sri Lanka -7, NR -1

Probable Top Performers

Probable best batter: Shreyas Iyer

Shreyas Iyer was in and out of the side for the West Indies T20Is and it was unfortunate that he had to be benched in the first two games. He did get his chance in the third game but could manage just a quickfire 25 off 16 balls despite looking good in the limited time he was out in the middle. The right-hander will be looking to prove his credentials with the bat with Suryakumar Yadav missing out for this series and there aren’t many spots in the Indian side available at the moment once the regulars return.

Probable best bowler: Harshal Patel

Harshal Patel has been a revelation ever since coming into the Indian side and has made a strong statement for his selection with the T20 World Cup coming up this year. The Haryana all-rounder was one of the biggest positives for India from the West Indies series and he has handled pressures really well despite being new to international cricket. The 31-year-old will be very tough to cope with for the Sri Lankan batters because of the variety he possesses.

Today’s Match Prediction: India to win the match

Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision