The throw between Sri Lanka and India for the first T20I of the three-match series will soon be presented at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Following a fascinating ODI series that ended in favor of the visitors, Sri Lanka and India will close horns in a three-match T20I series in Colombo from 25 July.
The Indian team led by Shikhar Dhawan won the ODI series 2-1 and will proudly rise in the T20I series. For Sri Lanka, the brighter part of the tour was the improvisation with each passing game, and once again they will get better if they brave the field in the first T20I against the Men in Blue.
Sri Lanka vs India 2021, 1st T20I Toss Report
As for the teams, the Indian captain, Shikhar Dhawan, has already made it clear that the primary focus of the Indian side will be to seal the series and then eliminate the team changes. The Indian management surprised everyone when they came up with 6 changes in the final ODI against Sri Lanka, of which 5 players made their ODI debut for the giant in the subcontinent.
However, Shikhar Dhawan was strict enough in the press conference and made it clear that the visitors will come up with their strongest XI as they go to the first T20I. As for the Lankans, their spinners have been turning in their favor in recent times and we can see some turning options in the side. Prithvi Shaw and Varun Chakravarthy make their T20I debut for India.
India looks like favorites but Sri Lanka is not far behind
As the two sides close for the first T20I of the series horns, the visitors step as the heavyweights with a much better group in the game. Each time Sri Lanka went down, however, they jumped back better. As both teams are watching the T20 World Cup 2021 scheduled for October-November this year, it will be a great platform for the players to audition.
There was a lot of twist offered in the final ODI, which is why the Men in Blue want to explore their available options. Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav were the proven turning duo and therefore Rahul Chahar and Varun Chakravarthy can be a wonderful turning duo participating in the T20I series.