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India vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI TV Guide, Squads, H2H, Match Preview 2021

India vs Sri Lanka 1st one-day international (ODI) match on July 18 and it will scheduled to be played at R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo and the game begins at 09:30 AM GMT and the toss will happen 30 minutes before start. Sri Lanka and India have played against each in 159 ODIs, the most between any two sides.

Date: July 18, 2021
Match: Sri Lanka vs India, 1st ODI
Venue: R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Time: 03:00 PM IST, 09:30 AM GMT, 03:00 PM LOCAL
Head to Head: Matches – 159, Sri Lanka Won – 56, India Won – 91. No Result – 11, Tied – 1

IND v SL 1st ODI Live Streaming: When and where to watch IND vs SL 1st ODI Live on TV and Online

So how to watch IND v SL matches: Sony Pictures Networks (SPN) India has bought all the rights to televise Indian cricket team tour of Sri Lanka. Sony TEN 1, Sony TEN 3, Sony TEN 3 and Sony Six will broadcast live coverage of India v Sri Lanka five-match T20 International (T20I) and three-match T20 International (T20I) series in India and its subcontinent (Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Maldives, and Bhutan) countries.

India v Sri Lanka all matches also live streamed in India and its subcontinent on SonyLiv digital platform (Website, App) with a premium subscription – Monthly and Annually. DD Sports will also broadcast all the matches of India v Sri Lanka series in India. DD Sports is a free to air channel.

Sri Lankan cricket fans can stream live matches of bilateral series between India and Sri Lanka on Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) channel. New Zealand cricket fans can watch live matches of IND v NZ on SKY Sport NZ tv channel.

In Indo-pacific and Middle East regions, SonyLiv will live stream India v Sri Lanka series – India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Australia, New Zealand, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Philippines, Indonesia, and Thailand.

India: Sony TEN 1/3/4, Sony Six, DD Sports, SonyLiv
UK: Foodxp (Sky Channel 712), SonyLiv
USA/Canada: Willow TV
Sri Lanka: SLRC (Channel Eye)

India v Sri Lanka ODI Squads

India’s ODI Squad: Shikhar Dhawan (Captain), Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Nitish Rana, Ishan Kishan (Wicket-keeper), Sanju Samson (Wicket-keeper), Yuzvendra Chahal, Rahul Chahar, K Gowtham, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Vice-captain), Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Chetan Sakariya

Sri Lanka ODI Squad: Dasun Shanaka (c), Dhananjaya De Silva (vice-captain), Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Lakshan Sandakan, Wanindu Hasaranga, Ashen Bandara, Minod Bhanuka, Lahiru Udara, Akila Dhananjaya, Shiran Fernando, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Ishan Jayaratne, Praveen Jayawickrema, Asitha Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Isuru Udana

Match Preview: With the Coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc once again, it was decided that the onset of a three-match ODI series between Sri Lanka and India should be postponed by five days and now it starting from Jul 18 at the R Premadasa Stadium (RPS) in Colombo, All the players and staff members have tested negative.

All the Sri Lankan staff, who will have to remain in isolation as they are deemed too close to both the Sri Lankan batting coach Grant Flower and team analyst GT Niroshan, who remain infected.

The hosts will be without the services of wicketkeeper-batsman Kusal Perera and pacer Binura Fernando. Newly-appointed skipper Dasun Shanaka will have the huge task on his hands of overturning the hosts’ poor form in the ODI format,

Sri Lanka, currently ranked ninth in the ICC rankings, have recently returned from a bad tour of England losing all three T20Is and coming off second best 2-0 in the three-match ODI series. The misery for the home side continues as they start this series with the overall head to head records standing at 56-91 and having beaten India just once in their last nine encounters (L8).

Sri Lanka cricket team are second to bottom with only one victory in nine matches and would be aiming to improve their standings on the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League points table.

With many of the regular Indian ODI team players presently touring England for test series, former India captain and now head coach Rahul Dravid brings a second string squad to Sri Lanka which offers up opportunities for six potential youngsters debutants – including RCB opener Devdutt Padikkal who scored 195 across six IPL matches for Royal Challengers Bangalore this year. Shikhar Dhawan, who needs 23 more ODI runs to become just the tenth Indian batsman to reach the 6,000 run milestone, will lead the side while Pacer B Kumar will be his deputy on this tour.

India, ranked fourth but ninth on the Super League table, come into this series having beaten England 2-1 at home after losing two consecutive away series against Australia (1-2) and New Zealand (0-3). Dravid can take some comfort from India’s recent ODI record without regular captain Virat Kohli in the XI, whilst as a whole the ODI team have won 14 of their last 16 ODIs against teams currently ranked beneath them (fifth or lower).

Four of the last five ODIs at the RPS stadium have been won by the team to bat first. The average first innings score across the last ten ODIs at the RPS is 285, or 323 for teams who bat first and win. Sri Lanka have posted the highest opening partnership in nine of their last 12 home ODIs. India own the record for highest ODI team score at the RPS, when amassing 375/5 against Sri Lanka in a 2017 tour.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (India pacer): “It’s been good (working with Dravid). We spent 14 days in quarantine in Mumbai. After seven days, we were out in the gym. He’s kept things very simple. There are young guys, there are senior guys. Everyone is listening to him. It’s been a good experience. Once the matches come, there will be planning and we’ll get to learn more from him.”

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