We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
As we saw in the recently concluded ODIs between Sri Lanka and Australia, the wicket at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium helps batters accumulate runs without much trouble.
Probable XI for Sri Lanka: Vishmi Gunaratne, Chamari Athapaththu (c), Harshitha Madavi, Kavisha Dilhari, Nilakshi de Silva, Ama Kanchana, Anushka Sanjeewani (wk), Oshadi Ranasinghe, Sugandika Kumari, Malsha Shehani, Inoka Ranaweera
Probable XI for India: Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Sabbhineni Meghana, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Harleen Deol, Yastika Bhatia (wk), Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar, Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Renuka Singh/Simran Bahadur
Chamari Athapaththu led the way for Sri Lanka with the bat by scoring 139 runs in the three-match T20I series. In her last ODI against Pakistan last month, she also slammed a century.
Harmanpreet Kaur got starts in every game of the T20I series and also remained unbeaten in the last two. Furthermore, she has added 242 runs, including a century in her last 5 ODIs.
Sri Lanka will rely heavily on Oshadi Ranasinghe and Inoka Ranaweera for wickets at regular intervals. The duo not only picked 11 wickets but were also economical in the T20Is against India.
Smriti Mandhana will remain a key figure with the willow for India. In her previous visit to Sri Lanka for the ODIs 2019, she scored 51, 14, and 73*.
Harshitha Madavi might have failed in the T20Is, but she has scores of 75, 41, 24, 39, and 22 in her last 5 ODI innings.
Although Pooja Vastrakar will be playing an ODI for the first time against Sri Lanka, one can expect fantasy points with both bat and ball from the talented all-rounder. She has taken 5 wickets and added 83 runs in her last five ODIs.
Rajeshwari Gayakwad’s experience could prove to be a determining factor in the ODIs. She has bagged 13 wickets in 9 outings against Sri Lanka.
Deepti Sharma is likely to remain a floater in the batting order. From opening the innings to batting at the No.9 position, she has done it all over the past two years. Although her bowling numbers have dipped (only 17 wickets at 47 since 2020), she is capable of striking in times of need.
Out of 55 ODIs between the two countries, India have won 47 and Sri Lanka 7. Moreover, Sri Lanka are coming into this contest after losing the T20I series to India and will be the underdogs despite playing at home.
Time: 1 July, 10.00 AM IST
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