Sri Lanka Tour of India 2023: India vs Sri Lanka – 1st T20I Preview and Updates

The Indians will begin their lengthy home season with a three-match T20 series against Sri Lanka in Mumbai. The Indians have chosen a young team for the series after winning a series in New Zealand. The Sri Lankans had a disappointing World Cup campaign in Australia and will be hoping for a better start to the year.

The Sri Lankan team has a dismal record in India, having lost nine of their last ten games. It will have an effect on the players’ minds, and they must maintain a positive attitude. Indians are known for keeping their fort at home, so the visitors will have to work extra hard to win this game.

The 1st T20I between India vs Sri Lanka will take place on January 3rd, 2023 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.

Match Details to Note

Match: India vs Sri Lanka, 1st T20I, Sri Lanka Tour of India 2023

Date: January 03, 2023 (Tuesday)                                               

Time: 7:00 PM IST

Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

India vs Sri Lanka

India vs Sri Lanka

India (Match Odds – 1.32):


As his young side takes on the Sri Lankans, Hardik Pandya will look to make an impression. 2022 was a mixed year for Indian cricket, and this team was chosen with the future in mind, with good stroke players. The Sri Lankans have struggled in recent years, and Pandya will look to capitalise on this and take an early lead in the series.

The team will be hoping for a good start from the new opening pair of Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan, who are both good stroke players. Suryakumar Yadav had a fantastic 2022, bolstering the middle order alongside Sanju Sampson and Hardik Pandya. For the team to win, they will need to form alliances. Down the order, the team would like to see runs from Washington Sundar, Sxar Patel, and Deepak Hooda.

In the last year, India has struggled with its bowling. As Sri Lanka has good stroke makers at the top, the side will need good spells from Arshdeep Singh and Washington Sundar with the new ball. Along with Hooda, young pace sensation Umran Malik must bowl well in the middle overs. Yuzvendra Chahal and Axar Patel have experience and will have to make the most of the circumstances in this game.

Full Squad:

Hardik Pandya (Captain), Suryakumar Yadav (Vice Captain), Ishan Kishan (WK), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson (WK), Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Arshdeep Singh(Bowler), Harshal Patel, Umran Malik, Shivam Mavi, Mukesh Kumar

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Possible Playing XI:

Hardik Pandya (c), Ishan Kishan, Shubman Gill, Sanju Sampson (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel

Sri Lanka (Match Odds – 3.40):


Dasun Shanaka’s team has its work cut out for them. They haven’t won a T20 game on Indian soil since 2016 and will need to perform well in this game. Sri Lankan cricket has been plagued by inconsistency over the last five years, and the team will need to punch above its weight to win here.

Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Mendis will need to have a strong start in this game, as the Indians will go after them right away. Sadeera Samarawickrama must bat in the middle order and contribute runs alongside Charith Asalanka and Shanaka. They have batting depth with Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Wanindu Hasaranga, and Chamika Karunaratne on the way, and these players must contribute.

The bowling attack would be put under pressure, and Maheesh Theekshana and Pramod Madushan would be expected to take early wickets. Hasaranga is the team’s key bowler, and he must perform well in the middle overs. Shanaka, Chamika Karunaratne, and Dilshan Madushanka will need to perform well in the game’s middle overs.

Full Squad:

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

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Possible Playing XI:

Dasun Shanaka (c), Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Charith Asalanka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Pramod Madushan, Dilshan Madushanka

India vs Sri Lanka Head to Head

India and Sri Lanka have played 26 T20 matches against each other. In 17 of these 26 games, India has won, while Sri Lanka has won on eight occasions. One match ended in a tie.

India vs Sri Lanka Head to Head Stats in T20Is

Matches Played IND Won SL Won Tie NR
Overall 26 17 8 0 1

India vs Sri Lanka Toss Prediction

We’ve seen high-scoring games at this venue, and putting up a winning total is difficult because the pitch remains good even in the second inning. At the toss, both captains would be thinking about this. In this game, the winning team will most likely choose to bowl first.

India vs Sri Lanka Pitch Report

Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium is one of the best T20 venues for batsmen. The boundaries are smaller, and the pitch is flat, making it easy for batsmen to play their strokes on this surface. On this surface, fast bowlers must be cautious, while spinners must get the ball to stop on the batsmen and turn sharply.

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On January 3, the skies over Mumbai will be clear, and we anticipate a high-scoring game. The wicket is flat, and bowlers have little to work with because batsmen can easily hit through the line. The team batting first would set a target of around 180 runs.

India vs Sri Lanka Prediction

To win this game, Sri Lankans must play out of their skins. In the last year, their top order has been inconsistent, which has harmed the team. Because the Indians have a strong batting lineup, the bowling attack must execute the plans flawlessly. The Indians play at home and have won the last ten games against Sri Lanka. It makes them the favourites to win this game. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!

India is the favourite to beat Sri Lanka at the odds of 1.32.

India vs Sri Lanka Most Recommended Player for Bet:

Hardik Pandya has won games for India on his own since regaining full fitness, and he is contributing in all three aspects of the game. As the team’s sixth bowler, he provides the necessary balance. The right-handed batsman has played 81 T20Is and has scored 1160 runs at an average of 25.78 while taking 62 wickets at an average of 27.34.s

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