After being whitewashed in the T20I and ODI series against England on the previous tour, Sri Lanka will look to end its losing streak by claiming a win against Team India in the first ODI on Sunday 18 July. The R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo will be the host. the series opener.
It will be Dasun Shanaka’s debut series as patron of the Sri Lanka national team. Kusal Perera, who served as captain during the England tour, is out of the series due to injury.
Sri Lanka has faced India in 159 ODI matches so far. They have won 56 contests and lost 91 times and their recent record against India is quite poor. In the last 15 matches against the India team, Sri Lanka won only two matches and lost 13 of them.
Suranga Lakmal’s brilliant spell helped Sri Lanka to win against India
The HPCA cricket stadium in Dharamsala was the scene of Sri Lanka’s latest win against India in ODI cricket. It was the first ODI of the 3-match series during Sri Lanka’s tour of India in winter 2017. Virat Kohli rested for the series and Rohit Sharma led the India team in the absence of the usual pattern.
Sri Lanka’s captain Thisara Perera won the toss and invited the hosts to bat first on a greenish court. Lankan’s pacemakers backed up her decision with a clinical demonstration of swing bowling. Suranga Lakmal, in particular, was too hot to handle, as he finished with an enviable 10-4-13-4. Five Indian hitters came out for a duck, and three others fell by single-digit scores.
India’s designated crisis man in the 2010s, MS Dhoni (65 on 87 balls), fought doggedly at one end and did his best to bring his team to a respectable total. But the other batsmen missed and India was eliminated by a measly 112 in 38.2 overs. Aside from Dhoni, Hardik Pandya (10) and Kuldeep Yadav (19) were the only hitters to reach double digits.
In response, Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar reduced Sri Lanka to 19/2 in 6.2 overs and gave the hosts a glimmer of hope. However, Upul Tharanga (49) played an attacking type of cricket and took the game away from India.
Responsible strikes by Angelo Mathews (25 *) and Niroshan Dickwella (26 *), after the visitors lost three wickets at 65, meant there were no more setbacks in the short chase. The duo ended the chase in the 21st to give Sri Lanka a complete seven-wicket victory against Team India.