SL Playing 11: After a consolation win in the last ODI, Sri Lanka will eye a victorious start in the first T20I here at R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. SL broke their long losing streak and will be looking to continue their positive start from now. They have a young team and this format might be the one in which they can show their potentialWith T20 World Cup in a few months, SL will look to test themselves against this talented Indian side. In the head-to-head record in 19 T20Is, India leads Sri Lanka 13-5.
Minod Bhanuka (wk)
Dhananjaya de Silva
Dasun Shanaka (C)
Sri Lanka needs a similar performance from their top order as in the last ODI. Avishka Fernando will be crucial at the top. The middle order looks to be in good touch with Charith Asalanka and Dhananjaya de Silva scoring runs consistently. Dasun Shanaka’s finishing qualities will be tested as well. Bowling seems to be SL’s biggest strength and they are likely to field three spinners. Akila Dananjaya might play a big role with his variations.
Dasun Shanaka (C), Dhananjaya de Silva (VC), Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Ashen Bandara, Minod Bhanuka (wk), Lahiru Udara, Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Lakshan Sandakan, Akila Dananjaya, Shiran Fernando, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Ishan Jayaratne, Praveen Jayawickrama, Asitha Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Isuru Udana.
You can watch the ball by ball and the Live score coverage of the Sri Lanka vs India 1st T20I match on Sony Sports Network and Sony Liv. The match will be played on 25 July and will start at 8:00 PM (IST).