We could've had a decider tomorrow but thanks to the heroics from Deepak Chahar that India clinched the series after the second ODI itself.
The focus will now be on the third ODI that is set to be played on the 23rd of July. Sri Lanka would be hoping to at least take some positives from this series and a triumph in the final ODI could do the job.
On the other hand, India would be looking to try new permutations and combinations and it won't be surprising if we see some changes.
Moments after India clinched the series!
Will Sri Lanka be whitewashed at home? Or will the Lankan Lions step up after almost winning the second ODI?
Match Toss Time: 2:30 PM Local (9:00 GMT)
Match Start Time: 3:00 PM Local (9:30 GMT)
Match Venue: R. Premadasa Stadium, Sri Lanka
Head to Head
Matches: 161, Sri Lanka: 59, India- 93, Tied:1, N/R: 11
Humidity is expected to be around 75%, with the temperature ranging around the 30°C mark. Precipitation chances are almost zero. The game is expected to be completed without much intervention.
The pitch is going to favor the batsman again, while the fast bowlers may rely on their cutters towards the end of the innings as the ball grips more.
Spinners accounted for the drama in the second ODI as well, especially Wanindu Hasaranga, who almost dismantled the Indian batting. We can expect them to make an impact in the third ODI as well.
The hosts will not be making many changes to their squad. The second ODI was an indication that if they execute their plans well, they can emerge victoriously. Wanindu Hasaranga and Dasun Shanaka will again be the Lankan players to look forward to.
For India, Kuldeep Yadav may be dropped for either Rahul Chahar or Varun Chakravarthy. We might see Devdutt Padikkal as well, replacing Prithvi Shaw.
Probable Playing XI
Sri Lanka (SL): Avishka Fernando, Minod Bhanuka (wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (C), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Isuru Udana, Dushmantha Chameera, Lakshan Sandakan.
India (IND): Shikhar Dhawan (C), Prithvi Shaw/Devdutt Padikkal, Ishan Kishan(wk), Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rahul Chahar/Varun Chakravarthy.
Shikhar Dhawan and Suryakumar Yadav are priorities considering their form in the series. From the host side, Wanindu Hasaranga proved effective with the bowl and bat both, and he is an option you wouldn't want to miss out too. Krunal Pandya too could bring great value to your line-up as he can chip in both departments.
# After the second ODI, it was the first time India successfully chased a 250+ target without any of the top three batsmen scoring 50+ since beating Zimbabwe in the 2015 Cricket World Cup.
# India now have the most wins any side has against a single opponent. 93 vs Sri Lanka. (The second best is by Australia: 92 ODI wins vs New Zealand )
# India now have the most runs scored in ODIs (2,21,632)
# In the last 10 ODIs between India and Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka have managed to win only 1.
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