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India vs Sri Lanka Live Score Updates, 1st ODI: India ready to test bench strength | Cricket News – Times of India

July 18, 2021

A very warm welcome to the coverage of India’s white-ball tour of Sri Lanka, which kicks off with the first ODI at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
It’s not very often you see two Indian teams on tour simultaneously. While a limited-overs squad is in Sri Lanka for three ODIs and three T20Is, the Test team led by Virat Kohli will begin a red-ball series against England on August 4.
Many have touted this Sri Lanka tour as the audition for the young Indian players vying for spots in the T20 World Cup a few months from now in the UAE.
With the Kohli-Shastri duo on Test duties in England, Shikhar Dhawan has been given the responsibility to lead the Men in Blue, with the legendary Rahul Dravid asked to take time out from his duty as the NCA head to coach the team in Sri Lanka.
Jostling for attention with the Tokyo Olympics, the contest was delayed by five days due to multiple Covid cases in the Lankan camp.
Sri Lanka, meanwhile, are coming off a horror tour of England and supposed to play in the qualifiers of the T20 World Cup. To make it worse, their key players — Kusal Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella — are suspended from the India series due to a breach of bio-bubble rules.

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