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SL vs IND: Sri Lanka Playing 11 for India, 1st ODI. India are hosting the 1st ODI of the World Cup Year 2023 at Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati, against Sri Lanka. The SL vs IND match will be played on 10th January, where key Indian players like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and KL Rahul will be back in the squad for SL vs IND ODIs.

India played 24 ODIs in 2022, including a home series against West Indies and South Africa. India won 5 out of 6 home games. Since 2017, India and Sri Lanka have faced each other 13 times, and Sri Lanka emerged victorious on 3 occasions.

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The Sri Lankan team has struggled with the ODI format for the last few years. They managed to draw the ODI series played against Afghanistan recently. But to face a star-studded Indian side that too on Indian soil will be a massive task for them while playing the 1st ODI of 2023.

In July 2021, India played a 3-match ODI series on an India tour to Sri Lanka and registered a victory by 2-1. In the first 2 matches, the Indian unit comfortably chased down the target but lost the last game while defending the total. Yuzvendra Chahal was the leading wicket-taker on that tour, with 5 wickets in 3 innings.

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Sri Lanka played all the 3 ODI series against Zimbabwe, Australia, and Afghanistan at home in 2022. They will face the Indian team on an away series starting on 10th January 2023.

Though Sri Lanka have a good ODI record against other teams at home, the Indian team defeated them in 2012, 2017, and 2021. India also defeated Sri Lanka by 2-1 in 2018 when Sri Lanka was on a tour to India. In the last ODI series between these 2 sides, Avishka Fernando was the leading run scorer, with 159 runs in the 3 innings at an average of 53.

Avishka Fernando
Avishka Fernando (Image Credit: Twitter)

The Sri Lankan side is looking forward to balancing the core strength of the squad ahead of the ODI World Cup 2023, which will be played in Indian Sub Continent. The SL vs IND ODI series against India might help them achieve their aims before the World Cup 2023. Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Mendis need to shine with the bat as these two are key batters for them ahead of a series against India.

Wanindu Hasaranga has been looking in good form since last year and is consistently picking wickets in the white ball format. He needs to deliver better with the ball if they want to put pressure on the Indian middle order in SL vs IND ODIs.

Pathum Nissanka scored the most runs for Sri Lanka in 2022, registering 491 runs in 11 innings with a ton and 4 fifties to his name. Charith Asalanka was also a constant with 426 runs in 10 innings while Kusal Mendis scored 388 runs in 11 innings, remaining unbeaten thrice.

Wanindu Hasaranga
Wanindu Hasaranga (Image Credit: Twitter)

Right-arm leg break bowler Jeffrey Vandersay was the top wicket-taker for Sri Lanka in ODIs in 2022, registering 14 wickets to his name in 7 matches. Wanindu Hasaranga played only 5 ODIs in 2022 and still managed to pick 10 wickets while Chamika Karunaratne registered an equal number of wickets in 8 innings.

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Pathum Nissanka

Pathum Nissanka
Pathum Nissanka. Pic Credits: Twitter.

Pathum Nissanka, the Sri Lankan opener, has scored 577 runs averaging 30.37 with 1 ton and 4 fifties. His career best of 137 came against Australia. He hasn’t played any ODIs against India.

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