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Sri Lanka vs India 1st ODI Predictions & Tips - Impressive Dhawan tipped to dominate in Colombo

  • Sri Lanka vs India predictions for Sunday’s ODI cricket match
  • The fixture will be played in Colombo at 10:00 BST
  • Shikhar Dhawan has scored 50+ runs in 8 of his last 12 ODIs against Sri Lanka
  • I am backing Dhawan to score 50+ runs
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Shikhar Dhawan has an exceptionally good record against Sri Lanka in ODI cricket (Getty Images)
Ralph Staniforth 17 Jul 2021
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Sri Lanka vs India Predictions


Shikhar Dhawan is not only in good form, he has an exceptionally good record against Sri Lanka. My best bet is for Dhawan to score 50+ runs in the 1st ODI.

  • Sri Lanka have lost 7 of their last 8 ODI matches.
  • Sri Lanka’s Dhananjaya de Silva scored 73 runs in the 2nd ODI against England.
  • India’s Shikhar Dhawan has scored 98 & 67 runs in 2 of his last 3 ODI matches.
  • India’s Shikhar Dhawan averages 70.21 against Sri Lanka in ODI cricket.
  • India’s Shikhar Dhawan has scored 50+ runs in 8 of his last 12 matches against Sri Lanka.
  • India have won 9 of their last 10 ODI matches against Sri Lanka.

Head to Head


India have won nine of their last 10 ODIs against Sri Lanka. They last met in July 2019 where India won by seven wickets at the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

Sri Lanka Form


Sri Lanka are in woeful form especially in ODI cricket. They recently got destroyed in England and have lost seven of their last eight 50-over matches.

Rain is all that kept Sri Lanka from a 3-0 whitewash in the UK. They were hammered in the first two ODIs but the third was washed out.

In the 3rd ODI Sri Lanka batted first and were bowled out for a paltry 166 runs. England never got to chase down the total due to the rain.

Sri Lanka Injuries & Team News


Sri Lanka have huge issues in the batting department. They failed miserably in England recently and will hope home conditions bring them better fortunes. 

Dhanjaya de Silva did manage 91 runs in the 2nd ODI against England, he will be looked at to continue this form.

India Form


Since cricket starting returning late on in 2020, India have featured in six ODI matches. They have won three and lost three of those matches. All of them were against Australia and England.

The last ODI India played was against England in March this year. With the series level at 1-1 the 3rd ODI turned into the decider, which India won by seven runs.

Batting first India made a massive 329 runs. Shikhar Dhawan scored 67 runs while Rishabh Pant top scored with 78. Hardik Pandya hit 64 off just 44 balls late on in the innings.

Shadul Thakur was the pick of the Indian bowlers with figures of 4-67 in 10 overs. England were restricted to 322 as India won by seven runs

India Injuries & Team News


India have sent a largely second string side to Sri Lanka. There is no Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah, Rohit Sharma and some others.

That said, it is still a strong side, captained by Shikhar Dhawan. Dhawan has an exceptional record against Sri Lanka having scored 50+ runs in eight of his last 12 matches against them.

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Verdict

Shikhar Dhawan is backed to continue his superb ODI record against Sri Lanka by scoring 50+ runs, being India's top scorer and winning the man of the match award.

Dhananjaya de Silva scored 91 runs in a recent ODI against England. He is tipped in Sri Lanka's best batsman market.

Best Bet: Dhawan 50+ Runs To Score 50+ Runs @125.00 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Best India Batsman Tip: Shikhar Dhawan Best India Batsman @225.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit
Best Sri Lanka Batsman Tip: Dhananjaya de Silva Best Sri Lanka Batsman @400.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit
Man of the Match Tip: Shikhar Dhawan Man of the Match @550.00 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit

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