IND vs SL Playing 11: The visitors have once again made six changes to their Playing XI from the team which played the third ODI.
During the first T20I of the ongoing India’s tour of Sri Lanka in Colombo, Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka has won the toss and chose to field in the hope of the surface “playing better” in the second innings.
“We are going to bowl first. I think the wicket will play better in the latter part of the game. We can’t control the injuries and it can change the momentum as well. These three games are very important for us,” Shanaka was quoted as saying during the toss.
Leading India for the first time in a T20I, Shikhar Dhawan was unperturbed with the outcome of the toss despite also wanting to field first at the R Premdasa Stadium.
“We wanted to have a bowl first as there’s dampness in the pitch but we are capable of putting a good score on board. It’s about giving opportunities to new players and see how they perform and have a good chance for the upcoming World Cup,” Dhawan was quoted as saying at the toss.
IND vs SL Playing 11 for 1st T20I
Having made three changes from their Playing XI of the third ODI, the home team has included players such as Ashen Bandara, Wanidu Hasaranga and Isuru Udana. Batsman Charith Asalanka and Chameera Karunaratne, on the other hand, have been handed T20I debuts.
Sri Lanka Playing XI vs India – 1) Avishka Fernando 2) Minod Bhanuka (wk) 3) Dhananjaya de Silva 4) Charith Asalanka 5) Dasun Shanaka (c) 6) Ashen Bandara 7) Wanindu Hasaranga 8) Chamika Karunaratne 9) Isuru Udana 10) Akila Dananjaya 11) Dushmantha Chameera.
As far as India have concerned, they have made six changes for the second time on this tour. While Ishan Kishan, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal have been recalled into the Playing XI, Varun Chakravarthy has been handed with his T20I cap. Other than Chakravarthy, opening batsman Prithvi Shaw will also be playing his first T20I tonight.
For India, Manish Pandey, Nitish Rana, Krishnappa Gowtham, Rahul Chahar, Navdeep Saini and Chetan Sakariya have been benched for this match.
Good luck #VarunChakravarthy for making India t20 debut. You gotta love current Indian cricketing SYSTEM which allowed him to come back even after few fitness test attempt. Go well
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) July 25, 2021
India Playing XI vs Sri Lanka – 1) Shikhar Dhawan (c) 2) Prithvi Shaw 3) Ishan Kishan 4) Suryakumar Yadav 5) Sanju Samson (wk) 6) Hardik Pandya 7) Krunal Pandya 8) Deepak Chahar 9) Bhuvneshwar Kumar 10) Yuzvendra Chahal 11) Varun Chakravarthy.