Sri Lanka Tour of India 2023: India vs Sri Lanka – 1st ODI Preview and Updates

India will host the first One-Day International (ODI) of the World Cup Year 2023 against Sri Lanka at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati. The match will be played on January 10th, with key Indian players such as Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Jasprit Bumrah returning to the squad.

In 2022, India played 24 One-Day Internationals (ODIs), including home series against the West Indies and South Africa. India won five of its six home games. Since 2017, India and Sri Lanka have faced each other 13 times, with Sri Lanka winning three times.

For the past few years, the Sri Lankan team has struggled with the One-Day International format. They recently drew the one-day international series against Afghanistan. But facing a star-studded Indian side, let alone on Indian soil, will be a massive task for them in the first ODI of 2023.

The 1st ODI between India vs Sri Lanka will take place on January 10th, 2023 at Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati.

Match Details to Note

Match: India vs Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Sri Lanka Tour of India 2023

Date: January 10, 2023 (Tuesday)                                               

Time: 1:30 PM IST

Venue: Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati

India vs Sri Lanka

India vs Sri Lanka

India (Match Odds – 1.25):


The Indian team will face Sri Lanka in the first ODI of 2023 on January 10th in Guwahati. India has a good record against Sri Lanka at home, and they hope to keep that record this year.

India won a three-match One-Day International (ODI) series in Sri Lanka in July 2021, winning 2-1. The Indian unit easily chased down the target in the first two games, but lost the final game while defending the total. Yuzvendra Chahal was the tour’s leading wicket-taker, with 5 wickets in 3 innings.

Due to injury concerns, the Indian unit has struggled with their bowling unit. Indian fans are hoping that some of these issues will be resolved now that pacer Jasrit Bumrah has returned to the squad for the series against Sri Lanka. Though the Indian team’s bowling unit is struggling, the batting unit has plenty of backups at every position.

Shreyas Iyer, India’s leading run scorer in 2022, hopes to carry that momentum into 2023. In the last nine One-Day Internationals, he has scored 429 runs. The current squad has good depth in both the batting and bowling units. Hardik Pandya’s inclusion in the squad will add depth to the batting order.

Full Squad:

Rohit Sharma (C), Hardik Pandya (VC), Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (WK), Ishan Kishan (WK), Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh, Jasprit Bumrah

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Players to watch out for:

Virat Kohli

The former India captain has a 57.47 average in this format. In the final game against Bangladesh last year, he hit 113, his first century in ODIs since 2019.

Suryakumar Yadav

The batting star of T20I cricket in 2022, who will play the final game of the series on Saturday, has yet to demonstrate his abilities in this format. This is a crucial game for the top batter.

Yuzvendra Chahal

Yuzvendra Chahal has 118 ODI wickets with the best figures of 6-42. On this surface, he will turn and bounce.

Possible Playing XI:

Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma (C), Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan (WK)/ KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya (VC), Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami/ Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Arshdeep Singh

Sri Lanka (Match Odds – 4.00):


Sri Lanka hosted all three One-Day International (ODI) series against Zimbabwe, Australia, and Afghanistan in 2022. They will play an away series against the Indian team beginning on January 10, 2023.

Despite having a good home ODI record against other teams, the Indian team defeated them in 2012, 2017, and 2021. When Sri Lanka was on a tour to India in 2018, India defeated them 2-1. Avishka Fernando was the leading run scorer in the last ODI series between these two teams, with 159 runs in three innings at an average of 53.

The Sri Lankan team is looking forward to balancing the squad’s core strength ahead of the ODI World Cup 2023, which will be held in the Indian Subcontinent. The one-day international series against India could help them achieve their goals ahead of the World Cup. Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Mendis must perform admirably with the bat as they prepare for a series against India.

Wanindu Hasaranga has been in good form this year, consistently picking up wickets in the white ball format. If they want to put pressure on the Indian middle order, he needs to improve his delivery with the ball.

Full Squad:

Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga (vc), Pathum Nissanka, Avishka Fernando, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Kusal Mendis (wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Ashen Bandara, Maheesh Theekshana, Chamika Karunaratne, Dilshan Madushanka, Kasun Rajitha, Dunith Wellalage, Pramod Madushan, Lahiru Kumara, Nuwan Thushara

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Players to watch out for:

Kusal Mendis

Kusal Mendis batted admirably at the top of the order during the T20I series. In his most recent ODI, he scored 67 runs off 61 balls.

Dasun Shanaka

In this format, the captain has one century and three fifties. In the T20I series, he was the standout batter for Sri Lanka.

Wanindu Hasaranga

The bowling all-rounder took two wickets in his last game in this format and one wicket in each of last week’s T20Is.

Possible Playing XI:

Pathum Nissanka, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis (wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, Praveen Jayawickrama

India vs Sri Lanka Top Team Batsmen

Our batting picks for India are Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, and Shreyas Iyer. Kishan is a co-favorite with Kohli, having scored 210 in his last ODI. Shreyas Iyer, who has 1537 runs from 35 ODIs, averages 48.03 in this format and will enjoy batting on this pitch.

With the bat, we recommend Kusal Mendis, Pathum Nissanka, and Charith Asalanka for Sri Lanka. Mendis and Nissanka are joint favourites to lead their team in scoring and have excelled as an opening pair in white ball cricket. In one-day internationals, Asalanka has a best score of 110.

India vs Sri Lanka Top Team Bowlers

We support Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, and Arshdeep Singh for India. Siraj has 24 wickets from 16 One-Day Internationals and is an attacking threat in any format. Singh has yet to take an ODI wicket, but he possesses all of the necessary skills.

Our bowling picks for Sri Lanka are Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana, and Kasun Rajitha. Hasaranga is their attack’s leader regardless of format, and he will benefit from this pitch. Rajitha has taken five wickets in his last six matches.

India vs Sri Lanka Head to Head

Despite the fact that Sri Lanka won the most recent ODI between the two teams, India has won 15 of the last 18 games in this format against Sri Lanka. The overall head-to-head score is 93-57 in favour of the hosts.

India vs Sri Lanka Head to Head Stats in ODIs

Matches Played IND Won SL Won Tie NR
Overall 162 93 57 0 11

India vs Sri Lanka Toss Prediction

So far, the ground has only hosted one ODI game. In that game, India defeated the West Indies by chasing a target. In this case, the winning captain usually chooses to bowl first because the pitch favours batters in the second inning.

India vs Sri Lanka Pitch Report

This match will take place at Guwahati’s Barsapara Cricket Stadium. The stadium can hold 40,000 people and has hosted a few T20 matches and one ODI game.

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On match day, the weather will be clear with a 10% chance of rain. The maximum and minimum temperatures will be 26°C and 13°C, respectively. The pitch has seen a high-scoring game here and has given batters an advantage.

India vs Sri Lanka Prediction

Looking at both squads, India has the upper hand against Sri Lanka in the upcoming one-day international series. The Indian batting unit has significant depth, and the return of Jasprit Bumrah gives the bowling unit an advantage. The Sri Lankan team is lacking in good all-rounders. Hardik Pandya, India’s key all-rounder, could have a significant impact on the game. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!

India is the favourite to beat Sri Lanka at the odds of 1.25.

India vs Sri Lanka Most Recommended Player for Bet:

Virat Kohli has 44 centuries in this format and is well worth backing as India’s leading run scorer in Guwahati.

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