The 3rd match of the three-match T20I series between Sri Lanka and New Zealand will be played at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele.
The match starts at 7:00 PM local time (7:00 PM IST) (1:30 PM GMT).
This game will be live on Sony Six, Sony Six HD and live streaming is available on SonyLIV.
Sri Lanka has been particularly unlucky in the ongoing T20I series against New Zealand. Even though the hosts didn’t play their best cricket, they still had control over both the games that were played. On both these instances, some brilliant efforts helped them get back into the game and they had a genuine chance of getting over the line. However, a few mistakes and unfavorable luck cost them the series.
The third and last game is essentially a dead rubber. Both these teams have been bitten by a bug called injuries and there are some concerns in both the camps. While New Zealand will look to win their last game on this tour, Sri Lanka will want to have at least one win under the belt. The return of Ross Taylor will further bolster the chances for the visitors.
Rain is predicted during the afternoon in Pallekele. However, it should all clear up by the evening. There won’t be any hindrances going by the weather predictions and we should get a full game of cricket.
The pitch is a decent one for the batsmen. However, there is assistance on offer for the pacers with the new ball. As the ball gets older, spinners also come into play. If they pitch the ball in the right areas, bowlers will make life tough for the batsmen.
Average first innings score: 166 (Last 6 T20s at this venue)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 4, Lost – 2, Tied – 0
Injury and Availability News:
Kusal Mendis and Shehan Jayasuriya were involved in a bad collision during the third T20I. Thus, they are unlikely for the third T20I. Also, Martin Guptill has had stomach cramps and will mostly not play the game. There is uncertainty about Tom Bruce as well and Hamish Rutherford has been called up as a replacement.
Probable Playing XIs:
Kusal Perera (wk), Avishka Fernando, Danushka Gunathilaka, Niroshan Dickwella, Dasun Shanaka, Kasun Rajitha, Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana/Lahiru Kumara, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Malinga (C), Lakshan Sandakan.
Bench: Shehan Jayasuriya/Danushka Gunathilaka, Isuru Udana/Lahiru Kumara, Lahiru Madushanka.
Colin Munro, Tim Seifert (wk), Scott Kuggelejin, Colin de Grandhomme, Ross Taylor, Tom Bruce/Hamish Rutherford, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee (C), Seth Rance, Ish Sodhi.
Bench: Tom Bruce/Hamish Rutherford, Martin Guptill, Todd Astle.
Colin de Grandhomme has been batting at number four for New Zealand. In both the games so far, he has been highly impressive and must be a part of your team. Ross Taylor and Avishka Fernando are the other top picks for your Fantasy team.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – R Taylor, C de Grandhomme, S Kuggeleijn
Vice-Captain Options – N Dickwella, K Perera, T Seifert
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – N Dickwella (vc), T Seifert
Batters – Avishka Fernando, R Taylor (c), C Munro
All-Rounders – W Hasaranga, I Udana, C de Grandhomme
Bowlers – L Malinga, A Dananjaya, T Southee
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – N Dickwella, K Perera (vc)
Batters – Avishka Fernando, R Taylor, C Munro
All-Rounders – I Udana, C de Grandhomme (c)
Bowlers – L Malinga, T Southee, S Rance, S Kuggeleijn
There are quite a few players injured from both these teams. Thus, there is a certain uncertainty about who will play and who will not. Thus, it is advisable to keep an eye on the teams after the toss and make changes accordingly.
New Zealand is expected to win this match and make it a clean sweep.
*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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