Batting line-up conundrums for team India
- Sri Lanka have only beaten India in India in an ODI once in the last 13 years
- Hosts favourites with the return of regular skipper
India come off the back of a spectacular win against Sri Lanka in the T20Is, but the star of the third and final game Suryakumar Yadav might not even get into India’s playing XI for the first ODI. Such is the talent in the team and it’s why India are favorites to win with odds of 1.24.
Sri Lanka have a more or less similar team in ODIs, but still lack enough firepower through the middle overs with the bat. Their strength will be the spin duo again, and they will hope to restrict India with them. They have odds of 3.96 to pull off a surprise.
India dominant at home
India have a dominant head to head record against Sri Lanka in ODIs, having won 93 games as against Sri Lank’s 57. At home, India have only lost 12 ODIs out of 51, remarkably losing just one since 2010.
Our Pick: India are back with their big batting line-up and are a dominant side at home. Back India at 1.24 to win this one!
India’s bowling combination will be one to keep an eye on, but it’s likely that they will field two spinners with Hardik Pandya available as a third pace bowling option. Hardik Pandya may become the Top Bowler of the game…
Keep an eye on…
Rohit Sharma the skipper has all eyes on him after his comments about skipping back-to-back matches in the media. He is short of runs and needs a big one to set the ball rolling this series.
Kusal Mendis needs to go big to give Sri Lanka a sound platform at the start of the innings. The opener is an experienced batter who can take the attack to the Indian bowlers and they will need him to give them good totals.