India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd T20I Preview: Another clean sweep on the cards as India turn out to be way strong for Sri Lanka
India have now won seven home series on the trot and would like to give a few players on the bench an opportunity in the last match of the T20I series.
India reign supreme
The way the first two T20Is have panned out, it has reiterated the fact that there is a clear gulf between the quality of both teams. Not that it was not evident before the beginning of the series.
And that is when India are without Rishabh Pant and Virat Kohli. However, one has to mention here that Sri Lanka too have missed some of their key players including Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana and Kushal Mendis who could have made an impact.
While the Indian batting fired on all cylinders in the 1st T20I, racing to 199 while batting first in Lucknow on the back of brilliant 89 runs off just 56 deliveries from Ishan Kishan, 44 from Rohit Sharma and 57 from Shreyas Iyer, they did not break a sweat in chasing down Sri Lanka's target of 184 and the second T20 International.
Death bowling concerns
That said, death bowling will be a worry for the hosts. The death overs in the second T20 International were very quite expensive with Harshal Patel, Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar leaking runs.
The bigger picture is that on pitches like the one on offer in Dharamshala where the ball does not grip and stick in the pitch, there is a danger of Harshal Patel being found out. Again, this was just a one-off match and it would be unfair to read too much into it.
The weather will be chilly once again in Dharamsala with a high of 16 degrees and a low of 4 degrees. However, unlike on Saturday, there is no chance of rain.
Still, players from both the teams are not used to such temperatures and will find it slightly difficult to execute their skills in such chilly weather.
Rohit Sharma looked quite content and happy after India's seven wicket win in the second T20 International as they sealed another series with Shreyas Iyer receiving the Player of the Match award. Sharma also dropped hints that they are likely to make a few changes in their next match as well.
"We have a lot of talent in that batting unit, we will keep giving them the chances, it's up to them to make the most of it. I thought Sanju showed how well he could play with that knock, it's all about taking your opportunities. Lot of these guys are quite talented. They just need an opportunity to go out there and express themselves. There are a lot of guys waiting in the wings as well but their time will come as well. We've got to look after the guys who have been in and around the team for a while."
"We'll sit down and see what we can do (on any team changes), we have used 27 players so far, there could be more (laughs). When you win the series, there are guys who haven't had the opportunities. Some of the guys will have to play Tests, we'll have to look after everyone. It's the sign of the times we're in, it's fine to look after physically, but it's the mental thing that's important as well. At the end of the day, we need to keep winning and keep positive vibes going through in the team," Rohit said.
Chances likely for Siraj, Avesh and Kuldeep
India are likely to replace Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah with Avesh Khan and Mohammed Siraj and bring in Kuldeep Yadav in place of Yuzvendra Chahal.
Ishan Kishan might not be a 100% after a solid blow on his head while batting and Mayank Agarwal might have to fill in.
Sri Lanka can possibly try out Niroshan Dickwella.
Predicted Playing XIs
India - Rohit Sharma (c), Mayank Agarwal/Ishan Kishan (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Ravindra Jadeja, Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Harshal Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Avesh Khan, Mohammed Siraj
Sri Lanka - Pathum Nissanka, Kamil Mishara, Charith Asalanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Praveen Jayawickrama, Binura Fernando, Lahiru Kumara
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