India and Sri Lanka will be joined by Bangladesh. (Image courtesy: IANS)
India and Sri Lanka will be joined by Bangladesh. (Image courtesy: IANS)

India played Sri Lanka in mid 2017, and ended the year by hosting them in a three Tests and as many ODIs and T20Is. The subcontinental sides will meet again for the curtain raiser of Nidahas Trophy — to celebrate Sri Lanka’s 70 years of independence — whereas Bangladesh  will join in as the third participant. The T20I tri-series will comprise of seven matches, including the finale on March 18 (Sunday).

Full Schedule (All games at R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo)

March 6- Sri Lanka vs India

March 8- India vs Bangladesh

March 10- Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh

March 12- Sri Lanka vs India

March 14- India vs Bangladesh

March 16- Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh

March 18- Final

Time- 19:00 PM local time

SCL confirmed the full itinerary, and preponed the tournament, from March 8 to 6, in order to host the finale on Sunday instead of Tuesday.

Bangladesh will play a warm-up encounter in the run-up to the tournament, whereas India will commence the competition without any practice game.

Nidahas Trophy 1998

In the 1998 edition, to celebrate the country’s golden jubilee of Independence, India and Sri Lanka played the final of the 50-over tournament. India posted 307, and the Lankans fell short by 7 runs despite a century from skipper Aravinda de Silva. Earlier, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly had slammed hundreds and had registered the then highest opening partnership (254) in ODIs.