Pathum Nissanka is a good captaincy pick for your fantasy teams.
After thrashing West Indies in both ODIs and T20Is, India will now host island nation, Sri Lanka, in the 3 matches T20I series. There are plenty of changes being made to the squad where Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant have been rested meanwhile Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja are back in the action again. Surya Kumar Yadav who was the player of the series in the T20Is against West Indies misses out due to injury. It’s an excellent opportunity for the youngsters to grab the opportunity with both hands.
Sri Lanka on the other hand had a terrible last T20I series against Australia where they lost by a 4-1 margin. Win in the final T20I gave them some sort of relief. Their record against India isn’t that great as they have a won bilateral T20I series only once. It will be a huge challenge for them to beat India on their home soil.
India vs Sri Lanka, 1st T20I
Venue: Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
Date & Time: February 24th, at 7:00 PM IST and Local Time
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network and Disney+Hotstar
IND vs SL, 1st T20I Pitch Report:
Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium has hosted only 4 T20Is to date. There is pace in the wicket and will assist the quicks for the entire match having said the batter’s score runs freely. Anything more than 170 is a good score here.
India – Surya Kumar Yadav and Deepak Chahar will miss the T20I series due to injury.
Sri Lanka – Wanindu Hasaranga tested positive for Covid-19 again and ruled of the T20I series.
IND vs SL, 1st T20I Probable Playing XIs:
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Shreyas Iyer, Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Hooda / Sanju Samson, Ravindra Jadeja, Harshal Patel, Bhuveshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal
Pathum Nissanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Dusmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Jeffrey Vandersay, Lahiru Kumara
Top Picks for IND vs SL Achieve11 Match:
Top Picks – Batters
Rohit Sharma got good starts in the T20Is against West Indies however failed to convert them into a big score. He is an impact player and can be destructive once he passes the 50 run-mark.
Pathum Nissanka has a bright future ahead of him, he made an excellent start to his career in all forms of the game. He had a good tour of Australia and he emerged as the leading run-scorer in T20Is with 184 runs in 5 matches.
Top Picks – All-Rounders
Venkatesh Iyer is a strong contender to fill the void space of seaming all-rounder for India in the long run. He is finishing things well at the late end of the innings and is expected to deliver well in this series as well.
Dasun Shanaka had a decent T20I series against Australia where he scored 116 runs in 5 matches at an average of 29.
Top Picks – Bowlers
Yorker specialist, Jasprit Bumrah is back in the Indian setup and his addition will further strengthen the bowling department. He has scalped 66 wickets in his 55 T20Is at an economy of 6.52.
Maheesh Theekshana has got great variations at his disposal and is a good pick for your fantasy teams. In 15 T20Is, he has picked up 14 wickets at an economy of 6.41.
Top Picks – Wicketkeepers
Ishan Kishan managed to score 71 runs in his last 3 T20Is against West Indies. Overall in his T20I career, he has accumulated 184 runs at an average of 26.28.
IND vs SL Must Picks for Achieve11 Fantasy Cricket:
|Player||Career T20I Stats|
|Rohit Sharma||3263 runs and one wicket|
|Venkatesh Iyer||128 runs and 3 wickets|
|Jasprit Bumrah||66 wickets|
|Pathum Nissanka||486 runs|
|Dasun Shanaka||823 runs and 17 wickets|
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for IND vs SL Achieve11 Fantasy Cricket:
Dinesh Chandimal, Rohit Sharma, Danushka Gunathilaka, Charith Asalanka, Ruturaj Gaikwad (vc), Pathum Nissanka (c), Ravindra Jadeja, Dasun Shanaka, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Maheesh Theekshana
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for IND vs SL Achieve11 Fantasy Cricket:
Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma (c), Shreyas Iyer, Charith Asalanka, Pathum Nissanka, Dasun Shanaka (vc), Venkatesh Iyer, Harshal Patel, Dusmantha Chameera, Jasprit Bumrah, Maheesh Theekshana
IND vs SL Risky Captaincy Choices:
Shreyas Iyer has scored 605 runs in 29 T20I innings at an average of 27.5. It’s worth a risk and you can pick him as your fantasy team skipper.
Charith Asalanka managed to score only 64 runs in the last 5 T20Is against Australia. You can take a risk and pick him as your fantasy team skipper.
Player you should avoid:
Considering a lot of options bowling available, it’s hard to pick Lahiru Kumara in the final eleven.