IND vs SL 1st ODI Live: Dasun Shanaka wins toss, opts to bat first against Shikhar Dhawan’s Team India; Follow Live updates

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IND vs SL 1st ODI Live: Sri Lanka win toss, opts to bat first against Shikhar Dhawan’s Team India; Follow Live updates; India Tour of Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka won the toss and opted to bat first against Shikhar Dhawan’s Team India. While Prithvi Shaw has been trusted to open with Dhawan, Ishan Kishan, the birthday boy and Suryakumar Yadav are set to make their ODI debuts, benching Sanju Samson. The other team news is that Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal will return as the pair to ODIs.

After a very long wait, the Shikhar Dhawan-led Team India will get to play in the middle on Sunday vs Sri Lanka in the 1st ODI. Dhawan led team India may be considered as a “2nd string team” by a few but the reality is that it has the quality to take on any top team in the world. As is the case with the selection of XI for all Indian teams – Dhawan & Dravid are also facing problem of plenty as they select Indian Playing XI for the 1st ODI – Follow IND vs SL 1st ODI LIVE Updates on

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As for Playing XI, Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan are set for ODI debut; Kul-Cha pair returns after World Cup 2019. Bhanuka Rajapaksa set to make debut for Sri Lanka.

Playing XI: India: Shikhar Dhawan(c), Prithvi Shaw, Ishan Kishan (wk), Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav.

Sri Lanka: Avishka Fernando, Minod Bhanuka (wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka(c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Isuru Udana, Dushmantha Chameera, Lakshan Sandakan

Toss: Dasun Shanaka wins toss, opts to bat first against India.

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IND vs SL 1st ODI LIVE – Indian Playing XI: There are backup players for every position and a young and talented top-order that can even rival the best in the world. If Devdutt Padikkal, Prithvi Shaw and Ruturaj Gaikwad are fighting for the opening spot, the middle-order too has a lot to offer while the quality bowling unit can give a tough fight. Hence, the head coach on the tour, Rahul Dravid has a selection headache ahead of the 1st ODI in Colombo – now scheduled for 18th July.

India Playing XI 1st ODI: India vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI starts Sunday, Shikhar Dhawan & Parthiv Shaw to open, check live updates from Colombo

India Playing XI 1ST ODI – Probable Playing XI

Shikhar Dhawan, Parthiv Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Sanju Samson, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal


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India’s tour of Sri Lanka, 2021 – ODI series
S.No. Date Match Venue
1 18th July 1st ODI Colombo
2 20th July 2nd ODI Colombo
3 23rd July 3rd ODI Colombo


India’s tour of Sri Lanka, 2021 – T20I series
S.No. Date Match Venue
1 25th July 1st T20I Colombo
2 27th July 2nd T20I Colombo
3 29th July 3rd T20I Colombo


India Playing XI 1st ODI: Spoilt for choices, Shikhar Dhawan & Rahul Dravid hit selection dilemma ahead of 1st ODI vs Sri Lanka

The first dilemma that Rahul Dravid must get ahead of is the wicketkeeping spot. While both Sanju Samson and Ishan Kishan have proven wicketkeeping records, it’s the batting that will matter. Kishan has already proved that in Indian colours but Samson hasn’t quite lived up to the expectation. Thus, InsideSport takes a look at India’s Probable Playing XI against Sri Lanka in the opening match of the series that will be played on July 18 now.

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Opening spot – Who should open with Shikhar Dhawan: The most conflicting one is the opening spot. While Shikhar Dhawan’s place is guaranteed, it is about picking the right opening partner. There are four openers in the squad — Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal, Nitish Rana, Ruturaj Gaikwad. Only Prithvi Shaw has the international experience. Furthermore, he is coming back off a fantastic scoring record.

As InsideSport understands, Prithvi Shaw will be the 1st choice for the 1st ODI while Padikkal too will get his chance but the rest will have to wait.

No 3: Suryakumar Yadav: After a stunning debut against England, Suryakumar Yadav is all set to make his overseas debut against Sri Lanka. There’s little doubt what Suryakumar Yadav could do. By smashing Jofra Archer for a six off the very first ball of his international career, he has proved that. On his first overseas tour with India, he will play an important role as he is considered to fill the gaping No 4 hole in India’s limited-overs squad.

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India Tour of Sri Lanka: No 4: Manish Pandey: Manish Pandey will get another go with the WC spot at stake. The stylish Karnataka batsman has been in good touch, shining in both intra-squad practice games and with the ICC T20 World Cup on the horizon, Rahul Dravid and the team management would like to get another look at his batting prowess.

No 5: Sanju Samson (WK): The Kerala batsman is yet to shine for India with the potential he has. But the Sri Lanka tour might just be his platform to prove his worth. With Rahul Dravid at the helm, he will get the confidence he needs to reboot his international career.

India Tour of Sri Lanka: No 6: Hardik Pandya: The flamboyant all-rounder has already been dubbed as the white-ball specialist after losing his place in the Test side. But with an injury crisis and a persistent back problem has hindered his growth as a player. However, the Sri Lanka series will be a crucial one as the team management wants to see his bowling. There will be no place for batsman Hardik Pandya — something that selectors have already made clear. After not bowling a single ball in the IPL 2021, it will be his chance to redeem his bowling avatar in the series.

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No 7: Krunal Pandya: While India could afford to play a specialist spinner, instead, Krunal Pandya is set to play at No 7, purely based on his batting skills. While he may not bowl complete 10 overs but India’s current squad lacks depth at the tail end and Krunal Pandya would be a perfect candidate, although critics have already trashed the move to play him in the ODIs as he is not a 10-over bowler.

India Tour of Sri Lanka: No 8: Kuldeep Yadav: Like Manish Pandey, the Sri Lanka series will be Kuldeep Yadav’s chance to get his form back and vie for a spot in the ICC T20 World Cup squad. With spin-friendly tracks, he will need to do better as he has been competing against Rahul Chahar and Krishnappa Gowtham for the place. Any slip-up, he might be overlooked completely.

No 9: Bhuvneshwar Kumar: The vice-captain of the team, Bhuvneshwar Kumar will lead India’s bowling attack. Furthermore, his batting skills, albeit limited, would be helpful in the tail end if it reaches to that.

India Tour of Sri Lanka: No 10: Navdeep Saini: Navdeep Saini will get his chance with T Natarajan missing due to injury. Having impressed in Australia, he hasn’t quite established himself in the India squad but with the aim to secure a place in India’s T20 World Cup squad, he will give it everything.

No 11 Yuzvendra Chahal: Like Kuldeep, he is expected to return to the fold having been dropped from India’s playing XI from England series. He has endured a poor run of form in the last one year and even for him, it will be a chance to get his form back with the T20 World Cup spot at stake. With that, the famed Kul-Cha pair is set to return.

India Playing XI 1st ODI: Spoilt for choices, Shikhar Dhawan & Rahul Dravid hit selection dilemma ahead of 1st ODI vs Sri Lanka