India vs Sri Lanka- 1st T20I
December 20th, 7:00 PM IST
Barabati Stadium, Cuttack
India have named some exciting young talent for this T20 series against Sri Lanka, with some senior players rested ahead of the all-important South Africa tour.
Pitch and Weather Conditions:
It will be good batting track, with dew likely to play a part, expect a high scoring encounter. Weather is expected good for the game with a top temperature of 20 degrees.
Team India News:
India will be without Kohli, Dhawan and Bhuvneswar who have been rested for this series. Kl Rahul, who missed ODI selection, will likely partner Rohit Sharma at the top order. Basil Thampi, a young rookie fast bowler has also named in the squad and he will likely to get a game during the series.
Expected XI: Rohit, Rahul, Iyer, Kartik, Panday, Dhoni (wk), Hardik, Kuldeep, Chahal, Bumrah, Siraj/Thampi/Unadkat
Team Sri Lanka News:
Young left-handed swing bowler, Vishwa Fernando, who has recently played in the T10 competition in Sharjah, has been named in the squad. He will likely partner Nuwan Pradeep with the new ball.
Expected XI: Gunathalika, Tharanga, Samarwickrama, Mathews, Dickwella (wk), Gunaratne, Perera, Pathirana, Pradeep, Fernando, Dhananjiya
Stats and Facts:
India have played 5 T20 series this year and won all of them.
Last three IPL games played at the Barabati stadium give an average of 173 runs.
Prediction: Back India to win and score 175+ runs, if they bat first.