Indis vs Sri Lanka T20 Series 2020 – 1st T20I
Victory brings points
India is going to play t20 series against Sri Lanka of 3 t20s at home, and due to the point difference in t20 rankings, if Indian team doesn’t want to be lose the point then the team needs to win the series either 3-0 or 2-0 or at least 2-1, on the other hand, if Sri Lankan team wants to be on the similar position, then the team just needs to win at least 1 match, the more victory will bring points for it.
First T20I is going to play at Guwahati, the weather shows little rain till late afternoon to early evening, though precipitation is 40% at maximum, so chances of the match would play, is high. Team would prefer to bowl first after winning the toss.
T20I History at Guwahati
Only one T20I was played at Guwahati between India and Australia, and it was 2 years back, When Australia defeated India by 8 wickets. Fast bowlers were enjoyed there in that match. Pacers from both sides took 9 wickets out of 12 wickets (6 from Australian pacer, 1 from Australian medium pacer and 2 from Indian pacers), while spinners were able to take only 2 wickets, and both by Australian spinner, Adam Zampa. The host has a chance to improve team’s record on the venue, with the winning start of not just for the series, but also 2020 calendar year. moreover, the series will help both the team for the t20 world cup preparation, which is going to play in the same year in Australia.
History Between the teams
The home team has upper hand in the t20I against the visitor till now, as the team won 11 t20I and defeated only 5 by visitors. The host also has the upper hand at home, as the team won 6 out of 8. Out of three series played in India, except the previous one in 2017, the Visitors won their first match in first and second series, so the guest team would like to maintain their record.
Moreover, Sri Lanka never won a single series against India, either at home or while visiting India, on the other hand, India never got a chance to win a match and t20 world cup, so, Sri Lanka would like to improve their record against the host this time.
Tentative XI for both the teams:
India: S. Samson might wait for some time, as R. Pant could get the place due to his experience, but he needs to perform, otherwise he might lose his place and make a vacancy for S. Samson. In form S. Iyer would get the place and so, M. Pandey may be sit out of eleven. Due to previous record of the pitch, neither K. Yadav nor Y. Chahal may get place in the first eleven, as the team has two finger spinners, who have the batting ability as well, So, overall, the home team may prefer to go with three seamers, one medium pacer and two spinners, but the team may decide after looking at the pitch, the tentative eleven for the team,
Indian Eleven: S. Dhawan, KL Rahul, V. Kohli, S. Iyer, R. Pant, S. Dube, W. Sundar, R. Jadeja, S. Thakur, N. Saini, J. Bumrah
Sri Lanka: Due to recent performance in Pakistan, B. Rajpaksha, O. Fernando and W. Hasarnaga may get in the first eleven and due to them, K. Mendis, N. Dickwella and L. Sandakan may lose their place in the eleven. L. Kumara may sit out as K. Rajitha performed very well in Pakistan, but he couldn’t do well in Australia, so the visitors could pick one of them. A. Mathews played last t20I last year, but selected for the tour, so high chance for him to be selected by default. K. Parera could open with D. Gunathilaka. Sri Lanka could go for the combination of 3 pacers, 2 medium pacers, including A. Mathews and 3 spinner’s including D. Gunathilaka.
Sri Lankan Eleven: D. Gunathilaka, K. Parera, B. Rajpaksha, O. Fernando, A. Mathews, D. Shanaka, D. de Silva, I. Udana, W. Hasaranga, L. Malinga, K. Rajitha