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IND vs SL: Match Predictions

Here’s the match prediction for the first T20I.

After dominating and whitewashing the West Indies and moving to the top of the ICC T20 Rankings, Team India will host Sri Lanka.

Captain Rohit Sharma is upbeat about the series, and with the current duty of all-format leadership, Rohit Sharma, at the age of 34, will be viewed in a high-pressure role.

On the other side, Sri Lanka would be dismayed by their dismal performance in Australia, but can they remain positive after such a difficult experience? If the visitors can come up with an alternative game plan, there is a chance. It would be thrilling for Sri Lankan fans to see their side make a comeback in a foreign country.

India does not appear to have anything to worry about with Suryakumar Yadav and Deepak Chahar ruled out of the squad, as Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja return to the lineup swiftly.

Sri Lanka might be looking for a perfect replacement for Wanindu Hasaranga who is still under isolation after testing positive for COVID-19. If the hamstring niggle of Kusal Mendis continues to be a serious problem, team Sri Lanka might have to think about an alternative plan to win this exciting series against India.

India has only played one T20I at Lucknow before, in 2018, when Rohit Sharma struck an unbeaten 111 to help India defend a total of 195 by keeping West Indies to 124. In 2019, Afghanistan won 2-1 in T20Is against the West Indies at their home venue of Lucknow. In all four matches played at this site, teams batting first have won with relative ease.