Dasun Shanaka and Shikhar Dhawan
Dasun Shanaka and Shikhar Dhawan (Image Credit: Twitter)

India and Sri Lanka are set to face each other in the three-match T20I series. Sri Lanka vs India 1st T20I match will be played on Sunday (July 24) at R. Premadasa Stadium. India defeated Sri Lanka in the three-match ODI series 2-1, after winning the first two ODI games by 7 wickets and 3 wickets respectively. However, Sri Lanka made a comeback in the 3rd ODI, crushing the Shikhar Dhawan-led side by 3 wickets.

Now, Sri Lanka vs India T20I series commences with the first T20I encounter on Sunday, July 25. In their previous T20I series which was held recently in June this year, Sri Lanka lost to England 3-0 during an away tour. On the other hand, India defeated England 3-2 in their previous T20I series, while facing the England side at home.

India Team, Sri Lanka vs India
India Team (Image Credit: Twitter)

However, Sri Lanka has the home advantage in the T20I series against India, which they did not have in the previous series. India, on the other hand, will face Sri Lanka on foreign soil unlike their last series, when they encountered England at home.

Moreover, India comprises a secondary squad, which is short of many crucial players from the national side. These factors might favor Sri Lanka in the T20I series; however, India still has a strong combination of players against Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka vs India 2021, 1st T20I- Weather Forecast

India Team, Sri Lanka vs India
India Team (Image Credit: Twitter)

Sri Lanka vs India 1st T20I will begin at R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday (July 25, 2021). The match will start at 8 PM (IST and local time). The toss will take place at 7:30 PM.

Weather Forecast At Colombo on July 25, 2021
Weather Forecast At Colombo on July 25, 2021 (Image Credit: Weather.com)

According to the weather forecast, the temperature in Colombo city of Sri Lanka will be between 30ºC to 25ºC on Sunday, July 25. There are 90% chances of rain. Hence, the match might be affected by rains. Humidity will be about 89% during the night.

Sri Lanka vs India 2021, 1st T20I- Pitch Report

Sri Lanka Team
Sri Lanka Team (Image Credit: Twitter)

R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka will host Sri Lanka vs India 1st T20I match. This stadium has hosted 36 T20I games so far. The team batting first has won 17 times while the team batting second has won on 18 occasions. There was one game that ended with no result.

The average 1st innings score at R. Premadasa Stadium in T20Is is 157 while the average 2nd innings score is 138. Hence, it cannot be called a high-scoring ground. However, there were 3 occasions in the past when the teams batting first crossed 200-plus total on the scoreboard.

The stadium gives a lot of assistance to spinners which was clearly visible in Sri Lanka vs India ODI series. Spinners like Yuzvendra Chahal, Wanindu Hasaranga, Akila Dananjaya, Rahul Chahar, and Praveen Jayawickrama managed to pick multiple wickets in a single match.

Average first innings score in T20Is (in last five games, including successful defending): 157.2 (2 wins).

Average second innings score in T20Is (in last five games, including successful chasing): 148.6 (3 wins).