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Sri Lanka wins toss, opts to bowl v India in 1st T20

The Associated Press
The Associated Press
 2021-07-25

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka has won the toss and elected to bowl in the first of three Twenty20 matches against India at R.Premadasa Stadium on Sunday.

India won the one-day series 2-1 but Sri Lanka also goes into the series with confidence having won the third one-dayer. It was Sri Lanka’s first home victory against India in nine years.

Both teams are using the series to test new players in the lead up to the Twenty20 World Cup to be played later this year and gave first T20 international caps to two players each.

Charith Asalanka and Chamika Karunaratne are the newcomers for Sri Lanka while Prithvi Shaw and Varun Chakravarthy play their first game in the shortest format for India.

Lineups:

Sri Lanka: Dasun Shanaka (captain), Avishka Fernando, Minod Bhanuka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Ashen Bandara, Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana, Chamika Karunaratne, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera.

India: Shikhar Dhawan (captain), Prithvi Shaw, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Chahar, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Yuzvedra Chahal, Varun Chakravarthy.

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