Is third whitewash in waiting for Sri Lanka against India?
We predict that India will defeat Sri Lanka.
The third ODI of the 3-ODIs series between Sri Lanka and India will be held on 23rd July at R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. India has already won the series by beating Sri Lanka in the first two ODIs. In the second ODI, No. 8 Deepak Chahar scored an unbeaten 69 runs to help India win the ODI by 3 wickets and hence the series. Lankan skipper Dasun Shanaka won the toss and took the chance to set a target for the second time in the ongoing series. Openers Avishka Fernando (50) and Minod Bhanuka (36) put a 77 runs solid stand to rub salt on India’s powerplay struggles. But leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal took back-to-back wickets to put Lanka on the backseat. Sri Lankan middle-order didn’t come out of the blowback and went down to 6 wickets for 194 in the 40th over. But versatile bowling all-rounder Chamika Karunaratne scored a fiery 44 runs off 33 balls with the help of 5 sixes to set a target of 276 for India. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Chahal took 3 wickets each from the bowling side.
First ODI’s superheroes Prithwi Shaw (13) and Ishan Kishan (1) couldn’t replicate their class and India got reduced to 39 runs for the loss of 2 wickets. Skipper Dhawan (29) struggled to pick up the Lankan length and lost his wicket to Wanindu Hasaranga. Manish Pandey (37) and Suryakumar Yadav (53) tried to stabilize the inning with a 50-run stand. Pandey who was looking in a great touch unfortunately got run out at the non-striker’s end. Lanka made a comeback by restricting India to 193 for the loss of 7 wickets by the end of the 35th over. But deputy Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar had something else in mind. They blindsided the Lankan attack by putting an unbeaten 84 runs stand to clinch the series for India. Deepak Chahar who scored his first fifty and took 2 wickets was awarded man of the match.
With the victory, India continued their winning streak on Lankan soil by making it 10 in a row. This was India’s 3rd series victory in a row on Lankan soil. India also rose to number 3 position in the points table of the World Cup Super League. The 3rd ODI, therefore, will be a chance for Lanka to make a comeback against the second Indian team and to end the series on a winning note.
Sri Lanka coach Mickey Arthur was ferocious throughout the end of the game with the decisions taken on the ground. He will surely be having a talk with the skipper Dasun Shanaka over it. One positive thing that came out for Sri Lanka is their openers. Both Avishka Fernando and Minod Bhanuka provided a great start in both ODIs. Bhanuka who got a chance in absence of Kusal Perera has shown a great temperament which Perera lacks. Lankans will keep continuing him at the opening spot.
Overall batting department has lived up to the expectations except converting their performances to turn into longer innings. Chamika Karunaratne's lower order knocks are the ones that have brought Lanka to put a respectable total in both ODIs. So a change in the batting order is expected in the final game. Lankan bowlers especially seamers haven't shown any intent in this series. Spinners, on the other hand, Hasaranga and de Silva bowled exceptionally well to control India's roar. With a wicket that is not producing pace, an additional spinner might solve Lankan problems. Well, Akila Dhananjaya is in the dugout warming the benches.
Key Players: Chamika Karunratne, Wanindu Hasaranga, Avishka Fernando
Dasun Shanaka (c), Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Chamika Karunaratne, Minod Bhanuka (WK), Dushmantha Chameera, Lakshan Sandakan, Charith Asalanka, Akila Dhananjaya.
Avishka Fernando, Minod Bhanuka, Ramesh Mendis, Akila Dananjaya, Dhananjaya de Silva, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka, Praveen Jayawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dushmantha Chameera, Chamika Karunaratne
As Indian head coach Rahul Dravid stated before the series that everyone will get a chance to play under his watch. Therefore changes are in line for the last ODI as the series is already in India's pocket. Devdutt Paddikal might get picked in place of Prithwi Shaw. Sanju Samson is also expected to come in to take the gloves behind the wickets.
India has performed really well on all fronts. Only Hardik Pandya has not given his bits in both ODIs. Dravid might not replace him to give him some extra time and a chance to make a comeback. The series was seen as a comeback for Kuldeep Yadav too. Except for the two wickets he picked in the first game, he hasn't lived up to his expectations. Dravid might turn to his mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy or Krishnappa Gowtham to add another all-rounder in the line. Who knows what's in Dravid's mind. The bowlers never picked his mind when he was playing. Maybe he go with the same squad and keep the fresh blood for the T20Is.
Key Players: Shikhar Dhawan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Suryakumar Yadav
Shikhar Dhawan (c), Devdutt Paddikal, Ishan Kishan (wk), Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar. Krishnappa Gowtham.
Rahul Chahar, Hardik Pandya, Krishnappa Gowtham, Sanju Samson, Manish Pandey, Nitish Rana, Prithvi Shaw, NA Saini, SA Yadav, Chetan Sakariya, Shikhar Dhawan
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||28||1.49 mm.||7.97 k/h||From: SW||87%|
|03h||28||1.40 mm.||7.29 k/h||From: SW||91%|
|06h||28||1.29 mm.||7.71 k/h||From: SW||95%|
|09h||28||1.74 mm.||7.15 k/h||From: SW||100%|
|12h||27||1.59 mm.||7.21 k/h||From: SW||100%|
|15h||27||0.90 mm.||6.2 k/h||From: SW||99%|
|18h||26||0.77 mm.||5.76 k/h||From: SW||99%|
|21h||26||1.33 mm.||5.53 k/h||From: SW||44%|
The pitch is spinners paradise. It is not flat like Galle and doesn’t offer much pace. The weather will be cloudy throughout the day. The temperature will vary between 26°C to 29°C. The wind will be blowing at 15-25 km/h. Thunderstorms with 90% chance of rain is expected.
The venue for this match is R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. It has a capacity of 35,000 spectators. Established in 1986, it is the biggest stadium in Sri Lanka and has already hosted 132 ODIs.
It’s a bowling wicket. In 132 ODIs played here, the team batting first has won 71 times. While the team bowling first has been successful on 52 occasions. Seeing India's successful run chase in the last two ODI's it is safe to say, the team winning the toss should bowl first.
This team India has shown the world that they are not chosen just because the main team is playing in England. Each player has given a glimpse of their fearless approach. They have given their blood and sweat for the batch to win the series. On the other hand, the Lankan team has been buried under the pressure to win. The recent times are not great as they have 1 victory in the last 11 games. So an unchanged Indian team will make it difficult for them to end the series on a winning note. If India decide to make a change, Sri Lanka can use this opportunity to put a winning performance against the slightly inexperienced Indian team.
We predict that India will defeat Sri Lanka.