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Okay before we could start the first game of the decade for India and Sri Lanka, rain wants to have some say in the game. It’s drizzling right now and the covers are firmly on the pitch. Can be just a passing shower. Or, let’s hope so. Well, it is not just a drizzle. It is raining heavily right now. So, seems like we are in for a delayed start.
Sri Lanka (Playing XI) – Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera (WK), Oshada Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Isuru Udana, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lahiru Kumara, Lasith Malinga (C).
INDIA (Playing XI) – Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (C), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (WK), Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Jasprit Bumrah.
Sri Lanka captain, Lasith Malinga, says that wicket might not change much but tells that he would’ve bowled first too. Feels it is not in their control and they will try to post a good first innings total. Says that they are trying to get their 15 sorted for the World Cup too. Tells that they have three seamers and two spinners in the side.
Indian captain, Virat Kohli, says that this is a chasing ground and tells that two times teams have won batting second. On the dew already present on the ground, the Indian skipper says that it’s not a bad thing. Tells that with a lot of dew on the grounds, defending total is a difficult task. On India’s not so good record in T20Is, the Indian skipper tells that they have World Cup in their sight and they will prepare keeping it in mind. Feels that they have the chance of improving their T20I record as well. Tells that there are three proper fast bowlers in the side. Reveals that Manish Pandey, Yuzvendra Chahal, Sanju Samson and Ravindra Jadeja are the players who miss out.
Toss – Virat Kohli flips the coin and it lands in his favour. INDIA WILL BOWL FIRST.
Pitch report – Murali Kartik and Sunil Gavaskar are in for the pitch report. Gavaskar tells that there are cracks just outside the off stump of the right-hander. Feels this is not a pretty-looking pitch. Believes that the spinners will get a lot of purchase from this wicket. Kartik tells that there is dew on the pitch already and says that the last ODI played on this ground was high a scoring one. Gavaskar reckons that the team winning the toss will opt to chase on this wicket.
It is time for the first match of the new decade for India as they face off against the island nation of Sri Lanka in Guwahati at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium. The new year has brought good news for many Indian fans as southpaw Shikhar Dhawan and more importantly, Jasprit Bumrah have returned to the squad. They will want to flex in this series their muscles with a much more competitive ODI series coming up against the Aussies. Rohit Sharma was in superb form in 2019 and he has been given a well-deserved rest in this series. Coming to the hosts, they will be led by legendary pace bowler and T20 specialist Lasith Malinga. He too will be looking to test his team before the soon approaching ICC T20 World Cup in Australia. The hosts are favourites and everyone is expecting them to whitewash the Sri Lankans, especially considering the recent tour of the visiting side against Australia. However, you can never be sure of what to expect from Malinga and his men. Do not go away as the Toss and Pitch Report are coming right up.