The third and final T20I of the series between India and Sri Lanka will be played at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.
This game will commence at 07:00 PM IST (Local) (01:30 PM GMT). The match will be telecasted on DD Sports, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 HD Hindi and live-streamed on Hotstar, Jio Cricket HD.
Preview for Dream11 Fantasy
India and Sri Lanka will face-off for the second and last time on this tour. The third and final T20I of the series is set to be played in Pune with the hosts leading by 1-0. The opening game was abandoned due to rain after the toss. However, Indore witnessed some high-class and professional effort from the Men in Blue. After winning the toss, India restricted Sri Lanka to a below-par score of 142.
It was never going to be a challenge for them as India’s top four comfortably chased down the total. Sri Lanka will have to improve significantly to even compete with the home side. Lasith Malinga hasn’t got a good record against his nemesis and even in the previous game, he returned with the figures of 0/41 after four overs. He along with the other senior players should step up big time if Sri Lanka are to level the series.
The forecast in Pune on Friday is absolutely perfect. There is no chance of rain whatsoever with the temperature expected to hover around 23-25 Degrees Celsius according to AccuWeather.
Last time, India faced Sri Lanka at the venue in 2016, the visiting fast bowlers romped through the famed Indian line-up on a green pitch. The Pune surface tends to have something in it for the fast bowlers and something similar can be expected again. The team winning the toss is expected to bowl first again and the new ball bowlers will have a great chance to make some early inroads.
Average first innings score: 129 (2 T20Is played at the venue so far)
Record of the chasing teams: Won – 2; Lost – 0
Injury and Availability News:
Isuru Udana of Sri Lanka has been ruled out of the match after he hurt his back while fielding in the second T20I.
Probable Playing XIs:
Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (C), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (WK), Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav/Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Jasprit Bumrah.
Bench: Manish Pandey, Sanju Samson, Kuldeep Yadav/Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja
Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera (WK), Angelo Mathews/Oshada Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Kasun Rajitha, Lasith Malinga (C), Lahiru Kumara.
Bench: Lakshan Sandakan, Angelo Mathews/Oshada Fernando, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis
KL Rahul and Virat Kohli continue to be the top picks for this match. Shreyas Iyer impressed many with his hitting ability in the previous game and in case of a collapse, he seems to be the perfect batsman to come in. Bumrah has to be in your Dream11 Fantasy team while Saini is likely to impress again.
For Sri Lanka Fernando and Perera should be in your team. Both the batsmen are fearless and like to play their shots. Hasaranga bowled well in the second T20I picking two wickets and Kumara can also trouble India with his pace.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan
Vice-Captain Options – Navdeep Saini, Kusal Perera, Dasun Shanaka
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Kusal Perera
Batters – Virat Kohli (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul (C), Shreyas Iyer, Avishka Fernando
All-Rounders – Dhananjaya de Silva
Bowlers – Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Wanindu Hasaranga
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Rishabh Pant, Kusal Perera
Batters – Shikhar Dhawan (C), KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Danushka Gunathilaka
All-Rounders – Dasun Shanaka, Dhananjaya de Silva
Bowlers – Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Navdeep Saini (VC)
Kasun Rajitha returned with the figures of 3/29 last time he played in Pune. He is a lanky fast bowler who can get decent bounce from the pitch and if Sri Lanka are bowling first, he can be picked in your Dream11 Fantasy team for Grand League contest. He can turn out to be a surprise pick for this match.
India are expected to win this match and seal the series by 2-0
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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