Team India will face Sri Lanka in the 3rd and deciding T20I match to be played at SCA Stadium, Rajkot on 7 January 2023.
Indian bowling department struggled with Arshdeep Singh conceding too many runs including 5 no-balls. Axar Patel was the pick of bowlers in terms of economy. He grabbed 2 wickets for 24 runs in his 4 overs. On other hand, Umran Malik bowled with the pace picking up 3 scalps and giving away 48 runs. Yuzvendra Chahal got a breakthrough by dismissing Kusal Mendis.
The Indian top order comprising Ishan Kishan, Shubman Gill, debutant Rahul Tripathi, Hardik Pandya, and Deepak Hooda failed to contribute. Axar Patel played a blinder of innings scoring 65 off 31 balls along with Surya Kumar Yadav. After being 57 for 5, Patel and Surya Kumar Yadav put on 91 for the 6th wicket. Patel blasted half-century off 20 balls to give India some hope of winning the match.
Here we look at the Probable changes for India in the 3rd T20I match against Sri Lanka
- Ruturaj Gaikwad replacing Shubman Gill
The young Ruturaj Gaikwad could replace Shubman Gill in the 3rd T20I match. Gill who made his T20I debut during this series failed scoring 7 and 5 playing poor strokes. He could not provide decent starts along with Ishan Kishan in the first two matches.
Ruturaj Gaikwad has been in decent form of late and could be an ideal choice for Team India along with Ishan Kishan. Gaikwad has created enough impact in the domestic season so far and would look to grab the chance with both hands.
- Harshal Patel replacing Arshdeep Singh
Harshal Patel could replace Arshdeep Singh in the deciding T20I match to be played today. Singh who made a comeback after an injury struggled badly giving away 5 no-balls that resulted in Sri Lanka posting 206 for 6.
Harshal did a decent job for India in the first T20I match played in Mumbai. Despite going for runs, he grabbed 2 wickets and helped Men in Blue stay alive. His bowling abilities could be handy with his slow variations.
- Washington Sundar replacing Yuzvendra Chahal
Washington Sundar could replace Yuzvendra Chahal in the 3rd T20I match against Sri Lanka. Chahal has struggled for form with only 1 wicket so far while Sundar is known for stump-to-stump bowling and also can create an impact with the ball also.
Sundar has been in tremendous form lately and could be an ideal option for Team India to replace out-of-form Chahal. He could create an impact with his explosive batting and can bowl in the first six overs also.
Probable XI for India in 3rd T20I
Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad/Shubman Gill, Surya Kumar Yadav, Rahul Tripathi, Hardik Pandya (C), Deepak Hooda, Axar Patel, Shivam Mavi, Umran Malik, Yuzvendra Chahal/Washington Sundar, Harshal Patel/Arshdeep Singh