India vs Sri Lanka third T20 match will be played on Saturday. Suryakumar Yadav and Axar Patel have provided hope for the future of India’s T20I team, with Patel delivering a consistent performance in this particular game. Sri Lanka, the reigning Asian champions, have played exceptionally in this series, nearly winning the first T20I and dominant in the second, ultimately defeating India by 18 runs.
India will likely be looking to address the issues that led to their batting collapse in the powerplay during the recent T20I match in Pune, where they were chasing a significant target. While the total was not beyond the capabilities of India’s batting lineup, poor execution from the top order put them in a difficult position.
India’s strength currently lies in the lower-middle order with H. Pandya, Hooda, A. Patel, and Suryakumar Yadav has been key players in the middle order. Patel has the potential to be India’s new finisher, which would allow Pandya to experiment with his own batting position.
Sri Lanka has had a strong showing in this series against India, building on their previous success in the Asia T20 Cup. The pacers were successful in defending a 200+ total in the recent T20I match in Pune, even with due on the ground later in the innings that could have favoured India.
Players such as Rajapaksa and D. de Silva, who have struggled to score runs, will need to make contributions if Sri Lanka is to emerge victorious. Shanaka cannot always be relied upon to lead the charge, and other players such as C. Asalanka and Nissanka will need to step up.
Date & Timings
India and Sri Lanka will face each other in the 3rd T20 match on 7th January at 7:00 PM IST. The lineups of the match will be available at 6:30 PM on the MyTeam11 app.
Venue & Pitch Report
The pitch at this venue is renowned as one of the best for batting in India and is likely to produce a high-scoring match given the strong batting lineups of both teams. The weather is expected to be sunny with a high temperature of 32 degrees Celsius.
The average first innings score in T20Is at this venue is 179, while domestic T20 matches have seen an average of 169 runs. Given these statistics, a total below 185 runs may not be sufficient for the team batting first.
T20 stats at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot:
Total matches: 4
Matches won batting first: 2
Matches won bowling first: 2
Highest total recorded: 202/4, IND vs AUS
Lowest total recorded: 87/9, IND vs RSA
Average 1st innings score: 179.8
Average 2nd Innings scores: 149.8
Players To Watch Out For
S. Yadav: Yadav has scored over 2,500 runs in the Indian Premier League, one of the world’s premier T20 competitions, and has a healthy average of 32.76 in the format. Yadav has also represented India in T20 internationals and has scored over 400 runs in the format.
W. Hasaranga: Hasaranga has taken over 40 wickets in the format, including a hat-trick on his international debut. Hasaranga is also a useful lower-order batsman and has scored valuable runs for his teams. His all-around skill set makes him a valuable asset in T20 cricket.
Here are the probable XIs for the 3rd T20 between India and Sri Lanka.
India Playing XI: S. Gill, I. Kishan, S Yadav, S. Samson (wk), H Pandya (c), D. Hooda, A Patel, H. Patel, U. Malik, Y. Chahal, A. Singh
Sri Lanka Playing XI : P. Nissanka, K. Mendis (wk), D. de Silva, C. Asalanka, B. Rajapaksa, D. Shanaka (c), W. Hasaranga, C. Karunaratne, M. Theekshana, L. Kumara, K. Rajitha
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