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Toss Winner - India won the toss and chose to bat first
Sri Lanka beat India by 7 wickets
Will the Indian side beat hosts to clinch the T20 series after taking the lead in the ODI series earlier?
We predict that India will defeat Sri Lanka.
Tournament: India tour of Sri lanka 2021 | Format: T20 | Venue: R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium, Colombo, SriLanka | Toss: To BowlBet Now
Sri Lanka will face India in this 3rd and series-deciding T20 match of India tour of Sri Lanka 2021 on 29th July 2021. This match will be played at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. This match will be important for both teams to search for new talents from their squad before playing the T20 World Cup. Indian team registered a comfortable victory by 38 runs over hosts in this first match of this series while Sri Lankan team equalized the series with winning 2nd game by 4 wickets. Currently, the Indian team is ranked 2nd in the ICC T20I ranking while the Sri Lankan team is at 10th place.
As few players from the Indian team are in isolation, the Indian team will play this final T20 game with some new faces. They have already given new debuts to few players in the last T20 match also. On the other hand, the Sri Lankan team will try to take advantage of this situation to claim a series win on 29th July at Colombo.
After failing to chase down the target in the first T20 of the series, the Sri Lankan team made a strong comeback in the second match of the series to beat India by 4 wickets. They are now looking forward to clinching this series as the series went into a decider which will be played on 29th July. Captain Dasun Shanaka chose to bowl first after winning the toss in the 2nd match and Sri Lankan bowlers supported his decision and bowled well to restrict the Indian team to 132 runs in 20 overs. Akila Dhananjaya finished his spell of 4 overs by sending 2 Indian batsmen to the pavilion with his spin bowling and, Dushmantha Chameera took 1 wicket in his 4 overs while leading the pace attack.
While chasing the target of 133 runs, opening batsmen of the team struggled this time also to give a good opening stand but the middle order came to rescue and they had chased down the target to win the game by 4 wickets. Dhananjaya de Silva helped his team to secure a win over India. He scored 40 runs from 34 balls and also won the man of the match during that chase. Sri Lankan team has a good bowling depth but by looking at the performances of the batsmen while chasing the targets in the last 2 games, we can say that there is a concern with the batting order. They are struggling to build partnerships in the middle overs. They will try to solve this issue before playing the series decider on 29th July against India.
Key players for Sri Lanka: Avishka Fernando, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera.
Avishka Fernando, Minod Bhanuka(wk), Charith Aslanka, Ashen Bandara, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka(c), Akila Dhananjaya, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Isuru Udana, Dushmantha Chameera.
Avishka Fernando, Minod Bhanuka, Pathum Nissanka, Ramesh Mendis, Akila Dananjaya, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Dushmantha Chameera, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Wanidu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne
Indian team struggled to put a score on the board while playing the 2nd T20 as many of their experienced players were in isolation before playing that match. Although they had taken lead earlier in the series, now they will play this series decider match on Thursday after a defeat in the 2nd T20. As Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devdutt Padikkal got golden chances of making a debut in T20, they failed to deliver their skills while batting in top order for the team. Gaikwad scored 21 from 18 balls while opening an inning and Padikkal scored 29 runs in 23 balls while batting at number 3. Captain Shikhar Dhawan played an important knock of 40 from 42 balls to put 132 on board.
While defending the target of 133 runs, Indian bowlers started well to build pressure on Lankan batsmen in opening overs but failed to take wickets in the middle overs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1 wicket for 21 runs) and Varun Chakravarthy(1 wicket for 18 runs) bowled economical spells along with Kuldeep Yadav who had taken 2 wickets for 30 runs. But they failed to restrict Lankan batsmen during that chase. Although few players will be missed in the next match also, the overall Indian team is looking strong and has a good depth in the bowling. They just need to build a partnership while playing the middle overs of the match and they will try to execute that in this final match of the series to take the series home.
Key players for India: Shikhar Dhawan, Devdutt Padikkal, Rahul Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Shikhar Dhawan(c), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson(wk), Nitish Rana, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rahul Chahar, Ishan Porel, Chetan Sakaria, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy.
Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devdutt Padikal, SS Warrier, Nitish Rana, Sanju Samson, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shikhar Dhawan, Rahul Chahar, Chetan Sakariya
The weather will be partly cloudy on the match day and there are 15-20% chances of rain on the match day. The maximum and minimum temperature of the ground will be in the range of 30°C- 26°C respectively.
The venue for this match is R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. This ground has conducted many historical matches and witnessed many thrilling international as well as domestic games.
Out of the last 5 matches, the team who took batting has won only a single time while the chasing team managed to win 4 games. So it will be good for the team to win the toss and choose to bowl first on this ground.
Sri Lanka made a strong comeback in the 2nd T20 by taking advantage of missing out on few Indian players. They have good bowling options with them and spinners like Wanindu Hasaranga and Akila Dhananjaya are doing well in the middle overs. On the other hand, the Indian side will be looking forward to maintaining their best 11 as few new faces failed to deliver in the 2nd T20. But this side has the potential to perform better in the pressure situation with the spinning trio of Varun Chakravarthy, Rahul Chahar, and Kuldeep Yadav. They will now try to beat the hosts in this final game of the series.
We predict that India will defeat Sri Lanka.
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