Sri Lanka and India are set to compete in an ODI series. Sri Lanka vs India three-match ODI series starts with the first ODI on Sunday, July 18. The match is scheduled to take place at R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Indian team is led by Shikhar Dhawan while the Sri Lanka team is led by Dasun Shanaka.
The Indian squad consists of few uncapped and inexperienced players like Devdutt Padikkal, Prithhiv Shaw, Varun Chakravarthy, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Nitish Rana among others. However, experienced players like Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Kuldeep Yadav are also part of the Indian team.
For Sri Lanka, their regular ODI skipper Kusal Parera has been ruled out of the series due to a shoulder injury. Other than skipper Dasun Shanaka, Akila Danajaya, Dhananjaya de Silva, and Avishka Fernando are some crucial members of Sri Lanka’s squad.
Sri Lanka vs India 2021, 1st ODI- Weather Forecast
India and Sri Lanka will lock horns in the 1st ODI at R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka vs India 1st ODI match will begin at 3 PM (IST and local time) on Sunday (July 18). The toss will take place at 2:30 PM (IST and local time).
According to the weather forecast, the temperature at Colombo city of Sri Lanka will be around 30ºC during the day. At night, the temperature will fall to 26ºC. Sri Lanka vs India 1st ODI will have fears of rains as there is a chance of 70% rain during the day and 90% during the night. The humidity will be between 78% to 84 % on Sunday, July 18.
Sri Lanka vs India 2021, 1st ODI- Pitch Report
R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo will host Sri Lanka vs India 1st ODI. The cricket stadium has hosted a total of 129 ODIs in the past. The team batting first has won 71 times while the team batting second has won 50 times. It is not a high-scoring ground in ODIs and the majority of the totals at this ground are between 250-300. However, in the past two years, few 300+ scores are smacked by the teams. Spinners also get good assistance at this venue.
The average first innings score at R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo is 235 while the average second innings score is 195 in ODIs. Batting first, anything above 270 on the scoreboard is a good target to defend at this ground in ODIs.
Average first innings score in ODIs (in last five games, including successful defending): 302.2 (4 wins).
Average second innings score in ODIs (in last five games, including successful chasing): 178 (1 win).