- With Kusal Perera ruled out through injury, Dhananjaya de Silva looks like the most reliable batsman in the Sri Lanka side. He hit 91 against England at The Oval and is an excellent tip for Sri Lanka’s top run scorer. With the ball, Dushmantha Chameera was the leading wicket taker in the series with 6 dismissals. He is worth backing as Sri Lanka’s top wicket taker.
- Shikhar Dhawan will captain this India side and returns to this format with scores of 98 and 67 against England earlier this year. He is a strong bet for India’s leading run-scorer in this match. Yuzvendra Chahal has 92 wickets from 52 ODI appearances and is our recommendation for India’s top wicket taker.
- Minod Bhanuka is expected to be selected as wicket-keeper for Sri Lanka. He has 4 international appearances for his country. For India, we expect Ishan Kishan to be wicket-keeper. Kishan has only played 2 IT20 games but already has an international half-century to his name. We are backing Kishan as the leading wicket-keeper in this opening ODI.
Date – 18 April 2021
Time -15:00 IST / 9:30 GMT
Venue -R. Premadasa Stadium – Colombo, Sri Lanka
SL vs IND Match Toss Prediction
Kusal Perera lost every toss during the ODI series in England and Sri Lanka found themselves unable to deal with England’s bowling. Expect Shikhar Dhawan to insert Sri Lanka if he wins the toss.
SL vs IND Pitch Report
In recent years, both teams have hit ODI totals over 365 at this ground. India certainly have the capability to beat the ground record of 375-5 which they registered in August 2017.
The temperature will fluctuate between 28 and 27 degrees throughout the game under partly cloudy skies
India Predicted Playing 11
Shikhar Dhawan (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Sanju Samson, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal
Sri Lanka Predicted Playing 11
Pathum Nissanka, Avishka Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dasun Shanaka (c), Minod Bhanuka (wk), Oshada Fernando, Chamika Karunaratne, Binura Fernando, Dushmantha Chameera, Asitha Fernando
SL vs IND Dream11 Team Prediction
- Batsmen:Shikhar Dhawan(c), Suryakumar Yadav, Dasun Shanaka, Avishka Fernando
- All Rounder:Hardik Pandya, Wanindu Hasaranga(vc), Dhananjaya de Silva
- Wicket Keeper:Ishan Kishan
- Bowler:Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav