India vs Sri Lanka T20 Series 2020 Betting Preview

The cricket season in India never quite ends but it is about to wind down for some time as India gets ready to play away from home. A short T20 series against Sri Lanka and an ODI series against Australia will mark the end of India’s home season for some time.

Normally, a T20 series against Sri Lanka means trying out some new players and giving rest to the seniors. This time, though, only Rohit Sharma has been afforded a well-deserved rest and every other senior player has been picked.

Sri Lanka comes into this series with some questions to answer about its exciting T20 side. Sri Lanka won 3-0 in Pakistan but lost 3-0 to Australia in Australia shortly after. It has never had too much of success against India in India, especially recently, and would love to turn that record around a bit.

India vs Sri Lanka T20 Series Betting Preview

India

India welcomes back Jasprit Bumrah into the squad after a prolonged absence due to injury and that is perhaps the best news an Indian fan could get. Jasprit Bumrah is widely regarded as the best fast bowler in the limited-overs formats and will add a lot of value to the Indian side.

It may not be an overstatement to say that Jasprit Bumrah is more important than any other player in the Indian team at the moment.

Shikhar Dhawan is also back for this series and is going to open the batting with Lokesh Rahul. Dhawan would be under a bit of pressure now that Lokesh Rahul has started to score runs more consistently and is breathing down that spot. Whenever Rohit Sharma comes back, India may have to choose who its two best opening batsmen are, one of which is certainly Rohit Sharma.

With Virat Kohli at three, Shreyas Iyer at four, and Rishab Pant at five, the Indian batting is well-sorted out with plenty of power.

The all-rounder’s position is still up for grabs now that Hardik Pandya is absent. India has played Washington Sunder, Ravindra Jadeja, and Shivam Dube in previous matches with two fast-bowlers and a wrist-spinner to round things out.

That gives Kohli 6 bowling options, something he seems to prefer.

Sri Lanka

The Sri Lanka T20 team has played three series in 2019 prior to this one and has lost two of them. Interestingly, the one series that it did win was when a young and inexperienced traveled to Pakistan and played absolutely fearless cricket.

Sri Lanka has some very good T20 batsmen but it seems to be messing around with the batting order a bit too much in recent matches. Bhanuka Rajapaksa has had success at the top of the order and has also proven his destructive game in T20 leagues around the world. To push him down the order after a successful series in Pakistan just does not make sense.

Similarly, Avishka Fernando has emerged as one of the best young Sri Lankan batsmen in a long time but he keeps being shifted out of positions.

With Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, and possibly Thisara Perera in the squad, the Sri Lankan batting has enough firepower to pose some serious questions against the Indians.

The problem for Sri Lank always turns out to be the bowling. Lasith Malinga is still leading the side and is its best bowler, something which does not reflect well on the youngsters. Malinga has struggled against India his entire career and to expect something different at this stage of his career may be unrealistic.

Lakshan Sandakan, Lahiru Kumara, and Nuwan Pradeep are some of the other bowlers in the squad. None of these bowlers are expected to trouble the strong Indian batting too much. If Sri Lanka has to have any chance in this series then it has to be on the back of its batting.

Stats to remember:

  • India has never lost a T20 series to Sri Lanka
  • India has won 8 out of the last 10 T20 matches played against Sri Lanka (across nations) and 4 out of the last five in India
  • Lasith Malinga has the highest economy rate (8.25), worst average (52.25), and the worst strike rate (38.00) in his career against India
  • Virat Kohli has played four T20 internationals against Sri Lanka, scored four fifties, and a total of 283 runs at an average of 94.33

 

Our Prediction

The value may be a bit less in sticking with India but we advise punters to stick to the home team. Perhaps betting on a 3-0 scoreline at the outset may get you some better odds.

Bet on India to win the series.

 

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