Sri Lanka and India are set to lock horns in the third and final game of the three-match T20I series on Friday, July 29 at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. On Thursday, the Lankans made a stupendous comeback in the series after winning by four wickets with two balls left, having chased down 133.
The Indians played with only five batters in the second game due to COVID-19 hassles, but their bowlers gave the hosts a run for their money. The Islanders have strained to win this year, irrespective of the format, and with India not, having a full-strength squad, they have a good chance of winning.
Match – Sri Lanka vs India – 3rd T20I
Venue – R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Time – 08:00 PM IST, 08:00 PM Local
Where to watch live – Sony Sports Network, Sony LIV
The pitch in Colombo in the second T20I turned out to be a spin bowler’s paradise. Batting became tough as the game went forward. The track is unlikely to change in nature. But since 19 out of 37 completed T20Is at the venue have been won the team batting second, chasing can remain an option.
Avg score: 154 (38 T20Is in Colombo)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 19, Lost – 18, N/R – 1
Playing combination for SL vs IND
Avishka Fernando, Minod Bhanuka (wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksha, Charith Asalanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (c), Kasun Rajitha, Chamika Karunaratne, Lakshan Sandakan, Dushmantha Chameera
Bench: Ramesh Mendis, Akila Dananjaya, Binura Fernando, Lahiru Udara, Ishan Jayaratne, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Ashen Bandar, Shiran Fernando, Praveen Jayawickrama, Asitha Fernando, Pathum Nissanka, Lahiru Kumara, Isuru Udana
Shikhar Dhawan (C), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (wk), Nitish Rana, Rahul Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Varun Chakravarthy, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Chetan Sakariya
Bench: Manish Pandey, Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Krishnappa Gowtham
SL vs IND Head-to-Head
Played – 21 | Sri Lanka – 6 | India – 14 | N/R – 1 | Tied- 0
In Sri Lanka
Played – 7 | Sri Lanka – 2 | India – 5 | N/R – 0 | Tie-0
Probable best batsman of the match
Shikhar Dhawan– India
Shikhar Dhawan is currently the leading run-scorer of the three-match T20I series. After scoring 46 runs in the opening game, the left-hander scored a patient 42-ball 40 second time around. In the previous match, he had to curb his natural instincts since India lacked enough batters. The onus will again be on the Delhi-born veteran to deliver in the deciding encounter.
Probable best bowler of the match
Bhuvneshwar Kumar- India
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is presently the top run-getter in the three-match T20I series. The fast bowler has picked up five wickets at an incredible economy rate of 5.73. In the first match, he picked up four wickets, leading India to victory and a 1-0. In the second match, he got the prized wicket of Avishka Fernando. The pacer needs to be on top of his game in the decider as well.
Today’s match prediction: India to win the match.
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.
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