Hello and welcome to ABP’s live coverage of India vs Sri Lanka first T20I. The Men in Blue will be starting their new year campaign by playing in a T20I series against Sri Lanka. The first match will be taking place at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The Indian team will step on the field without the services of regular stalwarts like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul.
Hardik Pandya will be leading the side and Suryakumar Yadav has been appointed as the vice-captain for this series. Team India have been struggling with its performances for a while now. They had a terrible T20 World Cup as they lost the semi-final and since then there has been uncertainty going on over a few senior players.
Inching closer to the #INDvSL T20I series opener! ⏳ 👏
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 3, 2023
Young players like Shivam Mavi and Mukesh Kumar, on the back of their remarkable outing in IPL 2022, earned call-ups for India’s T20 squad. Hardik’s team will look to win this series against the Lankans.
Sri Lanka on the other side, won the Asia Cup last year after they outplayed Pakistan in the final. But they could not continue their winning run in the T20 World Cup 2022. They will be looking to regain their form by winning this series.
India Predicted XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya (c), Sanju Samson, Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel/Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik.
Sri Lanka Predicted XI: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara, Dilshan Madushanka.
India: Hardik Pandya (c), Suryakumar Yadav (vc), Yuzvendra Chahal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Ishan Kishan (wk), Mukesh Kumar, Umran Malik, Shivam Mavi, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Sanju Samson, Arshdeep Singh, Washington Sundar, Rahul Tripathi.
Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Dilshan Madushanka, Lahiru Kumara, Avishka Fernando, Ashen Bandara, Pramod Madushan, Dunith Wellalage, Nuwan Thushara, Kasun Rajitha, Sadeera Samarawickrama.