IND vs SL Match Preview

Both India and Sri Lanka have lost one match so far. While India's top order has scored heavily, Sri Lanka's runs have been more evenly distributed. Also, picking out quality bowlers from these two teams is going to be a challenge. We think going in with a batting-heavy Dream11 team makes sense here. 

The best time to bat seems to be against the new ball so look for players that can exploit the powerplay. The most successful bowlers have been spinners and so we want to include as many of them as possible either in our Dream11 team.

Weather Report

The weather has been hot and there has not been any dew, even though Pakistan's captain, Babar Azam talked about it. Testing conditions in which players will be pushed to their limits are likely. 

Pitch Report

The pitch has been quite good for batting. It has had a bit of grass to ensure the ball comes on to the bat nicely and a few bare patches in between where the ball can just stop a bit. We saw well over 350 runs scored in the previous match and the bowlers struggled to find a way to keep the batters in check.

Another high-scoring match is likely.

Notable stats

Highest Run Scorer

Virat Kohli has 154 runs to his name with two fifties and an average of 77

India vs Sri Lanka Head to Head (T20 Internationals)

India and Sri Lanka have played against each other 25 times. India has won 17 times, Sri Lanka 7, and one match has been a no-result. India has also won the three matches it played against Sri Lanka in 2022.

Team News

  • Ravindra Jadeja is ruled out of the Asia Cup
  • Avesh Khan has a niggle and may not be available for selection 
  • Virat Kohli sat out the second half of the fielding stint against Pakistan and will be under observation 

IND vs SL Probable 11

IND Playing 11

  • Rohit Sharma (C)
  • Lokesh Rahul (Wk)
  • Virat Kohli
  • SA Yadav
  • Rishabh Pant
  • Hardik Pandya
  • Deepak Hooda
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar
  • Ravi Bishnoi
  • YS Chahal
  • Arshdeep Singh

SL Playing 11

  • Kusal Mendis
  • Pathum Nissanka
  • Charith Asalanka
  • Danushka Gunathilaka (Wk)
  • Dasun Shanaka (C)
  • Bhanuka Rajapaksa
  • Wanindu Hasaranga
  • Chamika Karunaratne
  • Maheesh Theekshana
  • Asitha Fernando
  • Dilshan Madushanka
This is not the official playing 11 for the match. This is a prediction of the expected playing 11 for each team based on the writers analysis.

Dream11 Prediction

Picking a winning Dream11 team also involves knowing which team is likely to do well. For this match, India is the firm favorite to win the match and while we may disagree with the betting sites over the odds they are offering, we also expect India to win. 

Top Picks

The top fantasy picks for this match include:

Virat Kohli - With 216 Dream11 points scored so far, Virat Kohli is a certainty in the overwhelming majority of fantasy teams. You should have him too because, in this form, you simply cannot afford to not have him.

KL Rahul - With just about 56% ownership, KL Rahul is much lower-owned than normal. He is returning from injury and struggled in the first two matches but could be a valuable differentiator for your team. He will open the batting, face a weak SL bowling attack, and showed signs of returning back to his best in the previous match.

Maheesh Theekshana - India's top-3 struggle against spin. That is a well-known fact and SL will try to exploit that. Coupled with India's stated ambition of dominating the powerplay, picking Theekshana in your team is highly recommended. His battle with the Indian batters in the powerplay could be crucial.

Captain and Vice-Captain - We are going to pick Rohit Sharma as the Captain. His explosive style of batting and his fantastic record against Sri Lanka make him the player to go after. For the vice-captain, you could choose Hardik Pandya as he will likely contribute in both the batting and bowling departments. 

IND vs SL Dream11 Team 1

Keeper: Kusal Mendis

Batters: Rohit Sharma (C), Virat Kohli, SA Yadav, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Lokesh Rahul

All-rounders: Hardik Pandya (VC), Wanidu Hasaranga

Bowlers: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, R Bishnoi, M Theekshana

IND vs SL Dream11 Prediction - OCB Team Prediction