India vs Sri Lanka, 1st T20I: Preview, Team News & Playing XIs  

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India will be taking on Sri Lanka in the first T20I of the three-match series, on January 3, 2023, at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Hardik Pandya will be leading a very young side as India aims to prioritise workload management.

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Can Sri Lanka Do The Unthinkable?Sri Lanka has never won a bilateral series in India. They would fancy themselves to change this trend against a relatively inexperienced Indian team. After all, they do possess way too many players who can indeed turn the game on its head.

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Team News  - IndiaShubman Gill might be making his maiden T20I appearance tonight. Ishan Kishan has cemented his place at the top, and either Gill or Ruturaj Gaikwad will accompany him. Rahul Tripathi will have to wait for his chances. 

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Team News - Sri LankaAvishka Fernando is back in the squad but he is unlikely to find a place in the playing XI. Chamika Karunaratne and Lahiru Kumara will lead the pace attack, while Wanindu Hasaranga will be the main spinner.

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Playing XI - IndiaBatters: Ishan Kishan (WK) Shubman Gill, Sanju Samson, Suryakumar YadavAll-Rounders: Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya (C), Washington SundarBowlers: Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh

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Playing XI - Sri LankaBatters: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva,All-Rounders: Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (C), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne,Bowlers: Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara, Pramod Madushan

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