The third and final ODI between India and Sri Lanka will be played at the R. Premadasa Stadium on July 23.
After a thrilling victory in the second ODI, the morale of the Indian camp will be high. As expected they have won both the ODIs so far and are will be determined to whitewash their opponents. The Indian team will be over the moon with the performance of their lower order players – Deepak Chahar and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar in the last game.
Chahar and Bhuvaneshwar steered India home with a vital 84-run stand.
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Indian skipper Shikhar Dhawan too has been in outstanding form as he has scored 115 runs in two matches. Yuzvendra Chahal has led the Indian bowling attack. He has bagged five wickets in two matches and is on the cusp of becoming the second fastest Indian to pick 100 wickets in ODIs.
On the contrary, apart from Wanindu Hasaranga, the Sri Lankan bowling attack has struggled to pick wickets. In the second ODI, they managed to reduce India to 193 for 7 but failed to capitalize on the key moments in the match thereafter.
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Their batting has been a plus point so far, as they have scored over 260 in both matches. Opening batsman Avishka Fernando will play a key role in setting the tone of the match for Sri Lanka.
Match — Sri Lanka vs India 2nd ODI
Date – Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Time – 3:00 PM IST
Venue – R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
India vs Sri Lanka: Head-to-Head records
Total – 161
Sri Lanka – 56
India – 93
No Result – 11
Tie – 1
Sri Lanka vs India, 2nd ODI Probable Playing XI:
Sri Lanka: Dasun Shanaka (C), Avishka Fernando, Minod Bhanuka, Bhauka Rajpaksha, Dhananjaya De Silva, Charith Asalanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Lakshan Sandakan, Kasun Rajitha
India: Shikhar Dhawan (C), Prithvi Shaw, Ishan Kishan, Manish Pandey, Nitish Rana, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Chahar, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav
Sri Lanka vs India, 3rd ODI Match Prediction:
Looking at Team India’s performance in the series so far, they are the favourite to win the last ODI and clean sweep the series 3-0. Sri Lanka did show put up an impressive show last match but they still have worries to sort out. They will have to pull themselves together and perform as a collective unit to avoid a whitewash.
On the other hand, the Indian team will be happy with their performance so far. The last game being a dead rubber, the Indian team will make a few changes to allow the newcomers an opportunity. Despite this, they will be confident of winning the third and final ODI.