IND vs SL Match Preview

India's batting is in great form and it seems like a good idea to pick the top order. Rohit, Gill, Kohli and Rahul have all scores runs. Rohit Sharma is an absolute beat against Sri Lanka while Kohli cannot stop scoring centuries at the Premadasa Stadium! 

Kuldeep Yadav is an automatic selection among the spinners while Hardik Pandya is an excellent option as well. 

Sri Lanka's unconventional bowlers, Pathirana and Theekshana, are always good choices to have. Among the batters, we think Kusal Mendis and Dhananjaya de Silva are good options. Also, you cannot ignore Sadeera after the brilliance he displayed the last time around. 

Keep a close watch on the weather as well. The team that bats first is likely to have more overs to bat if rain does eventually come. Similarly, bowlers will have a better chance of picking up wickets if they bowl more or have a big taregt to defend. 

Weather Report

There is rain around in Colombo, unfortunately and that is not changing any time soon. Just pray for it to stay away long enough for the Asia Cup to get back on track. 


Pitch Report

The pitch has been good for batting but does seem to have a bit more for the bowlers under lights. The ball has swung quite a lot under lights for two matches in a row now. That is somehting to consider while making your team selections as well. 

Notable stats

Four Consecutive Centuries for Kohli

Four centuries, including three not out scores, for Kohli at the Premadasa. Will he continue his love affair and maybe add another one?

Team News

India is likely to make some team changes to manage the work load of the bowlers. Bumrah may be rested. Rohit and Kohli also may take some time off but we will only get confirmation of this at the toss. 

IND vs SL Probable 11

IND Playing 11

  • Rohit Sharma (C)
  • Shubman Gill
  • Virat Kohli
  • KL Rahul (Wk)
  • Ishan Kishan
  • Hardik Pandya
  • Ravindra Jadeja
  • Shardul Thakur
  • Jasprit Bumrah
  • Kuldeep Yadav
  • Mohammad Siraj

SL Playing 11

  • Pathum Nissanka
  • Dimuth Karunaratne
  • Kusal Mendis (Wk)
  • Sadeera Samarwickrama
  • Charith Asalanka
  • Dhananjaya de Silva
  • Dasun Shanaka (C)
  • Dunith Wellalage
  • M Theekshana
  • Karuna Rajitha
  • Matheesha Pathirana
This is not the official playing 11 for the match. This is a prediction of the expected playing 11 for each team based on the writers analysis.

Dream11 Prediction

We think India is on a roll and will be hard to stop. With just one loss int he previous nine games played in Colombo, home advantage is not really a thing. We know Sri Lanka has won its previous 13 matches but it is going to be tested the most against India. 

Top Picks

Virat Kohli - If he plays, Kohli should be your captain or vice-captain. He is an absolute ODI legend and another big score could be around the corner. 

M Theekshana - He has bowled a lot against the Indian players in the IPL and knows how to approach this game. He is also a genuine wicket-taker used in crucial phases by his captain. 

Ravindra Jadeja - He got some turn in the previous match and seems to be bowling better than usual. His role as a batter in the team is also quite important and he may be used as a floater up the order. 

IND vs SL Dream11 Team 1

Keeper: L Rahul, K Mendis

Batters: R Sharma, V Kohli (C), S Gill (VC), S Samarwickrama

All-rounders: D Wellalage

Bowlers: J Bumrah, M Theekshana, K Yadav, M Pathirana