Venue: Barsapra Cricket Stadium, Guwahati
Pitch Report: The wicket at Barsapra Cricket Stadium is well-balanced. Even though a high-scoring game is likely, the surface may slow down as the innings progress. As a result, the captain who wins the toss may bat first.
Match Preview: After a blockbuster T20I series, the focus now shifts to the One Day Internationals as India (IND) and Sri Lanka (SL) lock horns in the first game at the Barsapra Cricket Stadium in Guwahati on January 10. The hosts would be oozing with confidence, having registered a 2-1 victory in the T20Is and would be eager to replicate the performances in the 50-over format.However, the Indian team would also be aware of the fact that they are heading into this particular series on the back of two consecutive ODI series defeats in the last two months. While they lost 0-1 in New Zealand in November, they were handed a 1-2 loss by Bangladesh away from home. Therefore, they must pull up their socks as the World Cup preparations get underway.Sri Lanka, on the other hand, would be eyeing redemption after going down in the T20I series and will be leaving no stone unturned to make a comeback in the ODIs. The Lankans would be hoping to showcase a better performance after their home series against Afghanistan in November, which ended at 1-1.
Probable Playing XI:
Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar,Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami
Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Avishka Fernando, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Dilshan Madushanka, Lahiru Kumara