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Ind vs Sri, 1st ODI: Preview

After a comprehensive win in Test series, the Indian limited overs side will take on Srilanka in a very important 5 match ODI series. This series holds more significance for Srilanka as it is their last chance to qualify for World Cup 2019, a 2-3 series loss for Srilanka will ensure them the World Cup berth while a 5-0 whitewash will put them in trouble, having already lost 9 out of 8 series against full member nations Srilanka will look to change their fortune with new Captain Tharanga who already addressed media that the need support from the people to regroup and play good cricket. While India looks dominant as we compare to Srilanka, with as many as 7 changes for this series India is looking to test their bench strength with a bunch of senior players being rested and some left out India still have a better chance of winning the Series.

India looks well settled with Rohit, Dhawan opening and Virat at number 3 and with a confirmation from Virat that KL Rahul will play at 4 and Dhoni, Hardik both ensure themselves a place, the only place which is left is spot number 6 which will be surely acquired by Kedar Jadhav because of his attacking batting and good bowling. The pace options are very clear Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar but India might face some problem in choosing their spinners, with allround abilities Axar Patel is already confirmed to play, the other two players who will battle out for a spot will be Kuldeep and Chahal, with some experience in conditions Kuldeep might get a go ahead Chahal as he provides a bit of variety and also Kedar Jadhav can also fill in for the side with some overs or Rohit might be used in the game.

Facts :

Virat Kohli made debut on this ground way back in 2008, he opened the innings and made just 12 off 22 balls with only one four.

Pitch and Ground Conditions :

The stadium is situated in Rangiri a agricultural village area. The stadium has a capcity of 30,000 and was opened in year 2000 and the pitch conditions favour bowlers rather than batsman. The highest ever total on this ground is 385 in a match between Bangladesh and Pakistan where as the lowest score is 198. In a match between Srilanka and Bangladesh this year Srilanka made 311 on the ground.

Teams: (Likely XI)

India –

Rohit, Dhawan, Virat(C), KL Rahul, Dhoni(WK), Jadhav, Hardik, Axar, Bhuvneshwar kumar, Bumrah, Kuldeep

Srilanka

Gunathilka, Dickewella(Wk), Tharanga(C), Kusal Mendis, Mathews, Thisara Perera, Kapugedra, Viswa Fernando, Malinga, Sandakan, Hasaranga

Also Mathews is expected to bowl as confirmed by Srilankan Cricket Board, which gives Srilanka a extra pace option.

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