The first match of the Nidahas Trophy will be played on tomorrow between hosts Sri Lanka and India at R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium. Team India led by Rohit Sharma have gone to Sri Lanka without many of their first-choice players including regular captain Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav.
Sri Lanka also will miss some of their key players due to injury. Angelo Mathews, Asela Gunaratne are unavailable for the upcoming matches in theb tournament. Another key bowler of the side Shehan Madushanka, who bagged a hat-trick on ODI debut in Bangladesh is also not available in tomorrow’s playing XI.
Kusal Perera is set to take over the wicket-keeping duties on Tuesday as regular wicket-keeper Dickwella has been ignored for the series. Apart from that, Suranga Lakmal and Dushmantha Chameera might return to the XI.
On the other hand, Dinesh Karthik will do the wicket-keeping the job for India in absence of India. Yuzvendra Chahal and Jaydev Unadkat are likely to return to the XI despite being left out for the third T20I in Cape Town. Washington Sundar will compete with Hooda for the allrounder’s spot, while KL Rahul, who hasn’t played a T20I since December 2017, might get a game in the absence of key players.
According to ESPNcricinfo reports, the wicket is likely to help the fast bowlers at the start of the T20I tri-series and there is a slim chance of a thunderstorm in the evening.
India Probable XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar/Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jaydev Unadkat.
Sri Lanka Probable XI: Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Dinesh Chandimal (c), Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Jeevan Mendis, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep.
– Nazmus Sajid Chowdhury, Contributor, bdcrictime.com