Sri Lanka vs India 1st ODI 2021

Sri Lanka vs India 1st ODI 2021 is going to be watched with great excitement across the cricketing world. India has sent a side filled with a majority of youngsters led by a couple of experienced players. This is a glimpse into the future of Indian cricket and the strength of its reserves. Sri Lanka has been quite poor in white-ball cricket in recent times. It was destroyed by England and will be hoping for better results back at home. A couple of former players have called out India for sending a ‘second string' side but the fact is that this team is still going to be very tough to stop.

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Sri Lanka vs India 1st ODI 2021

Teams’ strengths & weaknesses

Sri Lanka is going to be hoping that a return to familiar conditions is able to spark some form in the team. The strength of the team is the depth in the batting. Players like Dasun Shanaka and Wanindu Hasaranga bat deep down the lineup and give Sri Lanka a lot of freedom to bat in an aggressive fashion. The fact that Sri Lanka is playing at home also has to be seen as a strength.

The weakness for Sri Lanka is its poor form leading into this series. The turmoil in the team, the frequent changing of captains, and an inconsistent selection policy have all contributed to the downfall of Sri Lankan cricket in recent years.

India may be playing with an inexperienced squad but it is not a weak team by any means. All the players have played a lot of T20 cricket (both at the international level and in the IPL) and so they know their roles very well. The quality of cricket that India plays means that its young players are ready for international cricket when they make their debuts. This is the biggest strength.

The weakness has to be the fact that this is a team that has not played together and so there could be a bit of a learning curve for the captain and the coach. Getting the best out of a talented bunch of players is not going to be easy.

Players in form

Dasun Shanaka and Wanindu Hasaranga are the players in form for Sri Lanka. They were the players that were able to fight back against England in the most recently completed series, Dasun Shanka has improved his batting but does not seem to be bowling much while Wanindy Hasanranga is genuine all-rounder that can contribute with both bat and ball.

India's young cricketers have been out of action for a long time. They are going to be a bit rusty but there are some players to watch out for. Shikhar Dhawan was scoring runs very fluently before the IPL was called off and Sanju Samson was enjoying a very good time at the top of the order as well. Prithvi Shaw has also been scoring runs in the warm-up matches and could make a big impact.

Match conditions

There is a 25% chance of rain forecast on the day of the match. That is not too bad for Colombo and there is a good chance that no overs will be lost.

Game statistics

  • Sri Lanka lost its previous series 3-0 to England
  • India has won 9 out of the last 10 T20 matches against Sri Lanka
  • Four out of the five wins for Sri Lanka have come chasing against India


India has picked a squad that is very good at white-ball cricket. The lack of experience is not going to be a big disadvantage and it should be able to execute its skills better than Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka vs India 1st ODI 2021 could go the way of the visitors.

Winner: India (1.14)