Four days ago, it appeared pointless from a sporting standpoint for India and Sri Lanka to begin a T20I series during a 50-over World Cup year. But after two fiercely contested games evened the series out, Saturday's finale might provide for an intriguing setup for the ODIs that will follow.
India under Hardik Pandya don't appear to have a lot of T20I experience on paper. Although the team is young, it contains players who have frequently "been there, done that" in the high-pressure IPL scenarios. That was evident in both games, where they showed resoluteness to the very end to first barely win in Mumbai and then narrowly lose in Pune.
Sri Lanka has contributed significantly to the series with the same feistiness that was on full show during their triumphant run at this year's Asia Cup. The team has been admirably managed by Dasun Shanaka, who overcame the disappointment of a lackluster World Cup run to raise the team's white-ball standing. The weekend's games are likely to feature another close contest..
When:India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd T20I, January 7, 07:00 PM IST
Where:Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot
What to expect:Rajkot has always been about big runs across formats. In the four T20Is played there, two wins have come while batting first, the other two while bowling first.
After India's death bowling suffered in the second T20I, the hosts must choose between two struggling quicks in Arshdeep Singh and Harshal Patel.
Probable XI:Ishan Kishan (w), Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Rahul Tripathi, Hardik Pandya(c), Deepak Hooda, Axar Patel, Shivam Mavi, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh/Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal
Dasun Shanaka, buoyed by his match-winning performance, ought to stick with the starting lineup that gave him series parity.
Probable XI:Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis(w), Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka(c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Dilshan Madushanka
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