India vs Sri Lanka: 1st T20I 2023 Odds and Predictions (3rd January 2023)


India and Sri Lanka are set to kick off the new year's action with a three-match T20I series followed by three ODIs. The two sides will square off for the first time since their Asia Cup clash back in September. The first T20 international will take place at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday, January 3rd.

Prediction: India to win the match at 1.30 odds.

Here are the match details:

  • Match Date & Time: January 3, 2023 – 7 PM IST
  • Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
  • Series: Sri Lanka tour of India 2023

India vs Sri Lanka Odds

India could be heading towards a new chapter in a shorter format with an emphasis on younger players on the side. They will be without most of their senior players for this series with Hardik Pandya taking the reins. With a few senior players missing, todays match predictions could hinge on individual performances.

India recently toured New Zealand with a similarly young squad and claimed the T20I series by 1-0. The first match rained off while the third ended in a bizarre tie on the DLS method. In the second T20I, India blasted off the hosts by 65 runs.

Sri Lanka hasn't played any cricket since the T20 World Cup, where they had a pretty good showing. Sri Lankan players are coming from the Lanka Premier League and have had good cricket under their belt.

India is playing at home and has a pretty strong unit despite missing their top players. Their batting unit will be inexperienced but expect them to be much more aggressive while the bowling unit has quality. Cricket betting tips and in our todays predictions back India to win, the odds of which stand at 1.30.

Suryakumar Yadav had a mind-blowing year in 2022, where he piled on 1164 runs at a strike rate of 187 while averaging 47. The Indian batter has the game to obliterate the Sri Lankan bowling attack and he'd be looking to continue his dream form. Our cricket betting tips suggest to bank on Suryakumar Yadav to be India's top batter at 3.20 odds seems like a good option.


India will be giving opportunities to their younger players in this series. The likes of Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill and Rahul Tripathi would be hoping to grab their chances. Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya will be the backbone of this side. In the bowling unit, Umran Malik has the speed to rattle the opponents while Arshdeep Singh has been superb in recent years. There are a few spots open in the playing XI and they could go to anyone in today's cricket match.

Squad: Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rahul Tripathi, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya (c), Sanju Samson (wk), Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik, Yuzvendra Chahal

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has a similar setup to what they had in Australia. The batting unit of Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, and Dasun Shanaka looks decent. Sadeera Samarawickrama had a good LPL season and could pip Dhananjaya de Silva for a spot. Wanindu Hasaranga and Chamika Karunaratne will be crucial with their all-round skill. Hasaranga and Maheesh Theekshana form a potent spin duo while they have several guys competing for spots in the pace attack. Cricket betting odds might not be in their favour, but Sri Lanka has a strong unit.

Squad: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Dilshan Madushanka

Pitch Report and Weather Conditions

Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai has historically been an excellent venue for batting with the ball coming onto the bat nicely which is a factor in todays match predictions. Over 100 men's T20s have been played at this venue, with an average first-innings score of 169. In seven T20 internationals, the number stands at 195.

As for the weather, Mumbai should be clear and pleasant on Tuesday evening with no threat of rain, not affecting today's cricket betting tips. The temperature should hover around 22°C during the match time. The betting cricket tips are free of rain threats as such.

India vs Sri Lanka: Betting Tips

Betting Tips Betting Odds Operator Links
Toss Prediction Sri Lanka To Win 1.30 Bet on Parimatch
Top Batsman – India Suryakumar Yadav 3.20 Try Dafabet today
Match Winner India 1.30 Check Odds on Crickex



Rohit is an experienced cricket writer based in India