This article brings to you the preview, team news and top Funtasy picks for the opening match of the Nidahas Trophy 2018 between India and Sri Lanka.
Following a gruelling South African tour, the Men in Blue will look to replicate their successful run in the upcoming Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka.
The T20 tri-series also featuring Bangladesh has been organised to celebrate Sri Lanka’s 70th year of independence. The three teams will battle it out across 11 days in six league matches for the final on 18 March.
The tournament kicks off with India playing Sri Lanka on 6 March at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Interestingly, India have won 10 out of their last 14 T20Is against Sri Lanka. The last time India lost a T20I to the Island Nation was back in 2016.
India Team News
Rohit-led Team India, despite being termed ‘favourites’, will enter the tournament without established members such as MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah.
The omission of marquee players makes way for fresh talent to showcase their skills in the shortest format. Wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant, pace spearhead Mohammad Siraj, left-arm seamer Jaydev Unadkat, all-rounder Vijay Shankar bring in the required variety to Indian bench.
Full squad: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Vijay Shankar, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, Mohammad Siraj, Rishabh Pant (wk).
Sri Lanka Team News
The Lankan Test skipper Dinesh Chandimal will lead the side as their regular captain Angelo Mathews is yet to recover from the calf injury he sustained earlier against Bangladesh.
While fast-bowlers Dushmantha Chameera and Nuwan Pradeep have returned to the T20I setup, 34-year-old Malinga failed to make a comeback despite impressive performances in the domestic circuit.
Full squad: Dinesh Chandimal (Captain), Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Janith Perera, Thisara Perera, Jeewan Mendis, Suranga Lakmal, Niroshan Dickwella, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Isuru Udana, Jeffrey Vandersay, Akila Dananjaya, Amila Aponso, Asitha Fernando, Lahiru Kumara, Nuwan Pradeep, Dushmantha Chameera and Dananjaya De Silva
Here are our recommended picks who could add value to your Funtasy 11 squads in the upcoming Sri Lanka vs India clash:
Top Funtasy Picks
India: Yuzvendra Chahal – 11 Wickets in last 3 T20Is vs Sri Lanka, Avg. – 10.72
Sri Lanka: Dushmantha Chameera – 8 Wickets in 7 T20Is vs India, Avg. – 24.75
Punt Pick: Rishabh Pant – Smashed a blazing 30-ball 100 in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy