India vs Sri Lanka Live Score, Ind vs SL 1st ODI Cricket Match Latest Updates: Some late hits from Chameera Karunaratne have seen Sri Lanka post a decent 262/9 against India.
Indian bowlers continue to chip away in Colombo with Deepak Chahar striking in his successive over to reduce SL to 186/6 in 39.3 overs
#So Indian bowlers continue to dominate the proceedings with Sri Lanka batters unable to score freely.
#Krunal Pandya has landed his first blow and Sri Lanka are now in trouble losing their fourth wicket inside 25 overs.
#Kuldeep Yadav has taken two wickets in an over as Sri Lanka have lost their top-3 now.
#So India have made their first breakthrough with Yuzvendra Chahal getting rid of Avishka Fernando who had started well but failed to convert offering a simple catch at extra cover on 32.
#Avishka Fernando and Minod Bhanuka are off to a watchful start against the India new ball duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar.
#Sri Lanka have won the toss here and opted to bat. Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav have been handed out debuts, while Kuldeep and Chahal make debuts.
PREVIEW: India and Sri Lanka will clash in a three-match ODI series starting in Colombo from Sunday, the 18th of July. With the main contingent on Test duty in England, it would be a chance for India, under the leadership of Shikhar-Dhawan to showcase the strength in their reserves. A few positions in the lower-middle order and the pace bowling unit are still up for grabs and a good performance in Sri Lanka can elevate the status of a few players. The series also provides the home team with a challenge to test some of their young talent and give tough competition to a highly skilled Indian outfit. India annihilated Sri Lanka in a historic sweep (5-0) the last time they visited the country in 2017. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma were India’s stars with the bat in the series. While Kohli amassed 330 runs in 5 innings at a strike rate of 111.86 with two hundreds, Rohit scored 302 runs at a strike rate of 97.1 also registering two centuries. Jasprit Bumrah created a new record for any series in Sri Lanka bagging a whopping 15 wickets at 11.26 a piece at a brilliant economy rate of 3.9.
India has dominated Sri Lanka over the last decade all over the world and have a 16-4 head to head against their neighbours in the last 20 ODI matches between them. Since the 1st of January, 2011, India has beaten the hosts in 9 of the 10 ODIs they have played against them in Sri Lanka which is a staggering record. India’s second-string XI will go as favourites to win the three-match series against Sri Lanka – such is the talent available in the Indian pool across formats. Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw are a formidable opening combination as they displayed for the Delhi Capitals in IPL 2021. While the left-hander is one of the all-time greats in the format, the series provides a massive opportunity for Shaw to cement a place as the reserve ODI opener for India. He was in devastating form in the 2021 Vijay Hazare Trophy and the IPL and would be desperate to prove his prowess at the highest level for India. Ishan Kishan is likely to be India’s first-choice keeper for the series and should be slotted at number three. He was in indifferent form in IPL 2021 and this series will give him a good opportunity to roar back into top gear for the country. Suryakumar Yadav is the one to watch out for at Number 4 – a position which is up for grabs and the right-hander has all the ingredients to prosper and own the slot for India.
Manish Pandey might get a last chance to prove his merit at number 5 while Hardik Pandya will be the choice for number 6. The series will be important for the all-rounder and the focus will be as much on his bowling and his destructive hitting with the bat. Brother Krunal Pandya may get in at number 7 while Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Chetan Sakariya and Rahul Chahar should be the four bowlers in the XI. It would be interesting to see Kumar and Chahar share the white new ball for India as both are big extracts of swing. Kumar has seen a dramatic transformation in his wicket-taking prowess since 2019 and has the best bowling average amongst all pacers in this time-frame. Going by form, it would be surprising if India decides to play the wrist-spinning duo of Yuzvendra Chahal or Kuldeep Yadav at least in the series opener.
Possible Playing XI: 1. Shikhar Dhawan, 2. Prithvi Shaw, 3. Ishan Kishan, 4. Suryakumar Yadav, 5. Manish Pandey, 6. Hardik Pandya, 7. Krunal Pandya, 8. Deepak Chahar, 9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10. Rahul Chahar, 11. Chetan Sakariya
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