- Match: India vs Sri Lanka, 1st T20I, Sri Lanka tour of India, 2020
- Date: Sunday, January 05, 2020
- Time: 01:30 PM GMT
- Venue: Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati
Team India will get into action in the New Year by playing a 3-match T20I series against Sri Lanka. The first match of the series will be played at Guwahati on January 5.
India recently beat West Indies 2-1 in a T20I series at home and will be fairly confident of continuing their winning run against a down-on-confidence Sri Lanka. The visiting Sri Lankan side has just suffered a 0-3 whitewash in a T20I series against Australia and would need something special to stop India on their home ground.
Team India Match Form
India will be without the services of Rohit Sharma in this series. He’s one of the best batsmen in the format at present and the opener’s absence will certainly dent the team. Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul are expected to do well at the top along with captain Virat Kohli. The likes of Shreyas Iyer and wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant provide solidity to the middle-order.
India’s bowling will have added strength with the return of Jasprit Bumrah. He’s the best bowler in the format and will be a major boost to the bowling unit. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and young pacer Navdeep Saini will be the other bowlers to watch out for.
Team Sri Lanka Match Form
Sri Lanka has been a team in transition for a while and they have shown patches of brilliance on some instances while struggling badly on others.
Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera and Avishka Fernando make for an attractive middle and top order for Sri Lanka. Their batting unit would be dependent on these 4 to do the bulk of the scoring. Oshada Fernando might be one to watch out for as well.
Captain Lasith Malinga will be leading the bowling unit and having played so much cricket in India will certainly help him. Nuwan Pradeep along with spinners Shehan Jayasuriya and Lakshan Sandakan will have to take responsibility if they hope to stop the strong Indian batting unit.
India vs Sri Lanka, 1st T20I Cricket Betting Tips
There’s just been one T20I played at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati – the venue for the 1st T20I between India and Sri Lanka. While that was a low-scoring affair between India and Australia, the surface for the first T20I is expected to be a good one for batting with some help for spinners later on. Dew might play a factor and hence batting second might be advantageous. The total runs scored in the game should be in the range of 320-340 runs.
In the last 5 T20Is between India and Sri Lanka, the Men in Blue have won 4 games and have lost just once. The last time Sri Lanka toured India, in 2017, they were walloped 0-3 in the T20I series.
Considering the home advantage, overall strength of the team and current form, India will begin as favorites for the 1st match of the T20I series against Sri Lanka and should be backed as the winners.