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India vs Sri Lanka, 1st T20I – IND vs SL Cricket Match Preview, Prediction, Where To Watch, Probable 11 And Fantasy 11 Tips

Team India will take on Asia Cup champions Sri Lanka in the 1st T20I at Mumbai in the 3-match T20I series.

Rishabh Gautam
By Rishabh Gautam December 31, 2022 • 13:46 PM

Team India will take on Asia Cup champions Sri Lanka in the 1st T20I at Mumbai in the 3-match T20I series. 

IND vs SL 1st T20I: Match Preview:


Team India are set to start their home season with a 3-match T20I series against Sri Lanka. A new-look Indian team, void of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul has been named, which will take on a young Sri Lankan side. 

Suryakumar Yadav was a stellar name in the T20Is in 2022, scoring 1,164 runs in 31 matches and becoming the #1 ranked T20I batter in the process. Hardik Pandya, who's the new Indian T20I captain, also scored 607 runs in 25 innings in 2022. Sanju Samson and Ishan Kishan are also named in the squad in the absence of Rishabh Pant, while Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill and Rahul Tripathi would also look to leave their mark in the opportunities they get in this series.

A young bowling attack will take on Sri Lanka, with Arshdeep Singh leading the pace attack along with Harshal Patel. Speedster Umran Malik, and pacers Mukesh Kumar & Shivam Mavi will further constitute the pace department in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The spin department on the other hand will be led by Yuzvendra Chahal and Axar Patel alongwith Washington Sundar.

For the visitors, opener Pathum Nissanka was the top scorer in 2022, scoring 713 runs in 24 T20I innings with 6 fifties to his name. Kusal Mendis scored 521 runs in 20 matches while striking at 132.23, captain Dasun Shanaka scored 497 runs in 24 T20I innings at a strike rate of 135.79. Avishka Fernando, Charith Asalanka and Dhananjaya de Silva will have to put their best show up front to support the top scorer in order to take on the home team. 

Wanindu Hasaranga has been terrific with his spin bowling for Sri Lanka, picking up 34 wickets in just 19 matches in 2022. Spinner Maheesh Theekshana has also shouldered the Lankan bowling in the shortest format, picking up 22 wickets in 22 matches. Ashen Bandara, Dilshan Madushanka, Dunith Wellalage and Lahiru Kumara will take on the Indian batting challenge on the batting-friendly Indian pitches. 

IND vs SL 1st T20I: Match Details

  • Date – Tuesday, January 03, 2022
  • Time – 07:00 PM IST
  • Venue – Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Today's Match Prediction: Who will win today's cricket match? IND vs SL 1st T20I

With home conditions and a fiery young side, India will start as favourites to win the 1st T20I against Sri Lanka.

IND vs SL Head-to-Head:

  • Total – 26
  • India – 17
  • Sri Lanka – 8
  • No Result – 1


IND vs SL 1st T20I: Where to Watch?

The T20I series between India and Sri Lanka will be broadcasted by Star Sports while it will be broadcasted digitally on the OTT platform Hotstar+ app. 

IND vs SL 1st T20I Team News:

There are no new injury updates from either team as of now. 

IND vs SL 1st T20I Probable Playing XI:

  • India – Ishan Kishan (wk), Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya (c), Sanju Samson, Washington Sundar, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik
  • Sri Lanka – Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Avishka Fernando, Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara, Dilshan Madushanka

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IND vs SL 1st T20I Fantasy XI:

  • Wicket-keepers – Kusal Mendis, Ishan Kishan
  • Batters – Suryakumar Yadav (c), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Pathum Nissanka
  • All-rounders – Hardik Pandya, Wanindu Hasaranga (vc), Deepak Hooda
  • Bowlers – Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Maheesh Theekshana