This article will talk about the probable XIs for both teams and continue with the Dream11 predictions and the winning fantasy team for the third T20I between Sri Lanka and India that is scheduled to take place on the 29th of July 2021.
The visiting Indian team led by Shikhar Dhawan will take on Sri Lanka in the third and final match of the tour at Colombo. After losing the first match, Sri Lanka made an outstanding comeback and leveled the series by winning the second T20I match against India.
As India has lost some of their main players due to Covid-19, their top order including Shikhar Dhawan will aim to play maximum overs and post enough runs on the board. They will be satisfied by the bowling performance while defending the low target of 131 in the second T20I match of the series.
Sri Lanka bowled well in the second match of the series as their spinners bowled economical spells and took wickets at regular intervals. In the batting department, Dhananjaya De Silva and Minod Bhanuka played sensible knocks and took their team home.
Venue: M Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Pitch and Weather: The pitch of Colombo played neutral in two T20Is so far in this series. The batters found it difficult to score runs against spin and slow deliveries. The average score will be around 150 in this last match of the series. The pitch will assist both, spin bowlers and slower variations of pace bowling in this match. The weather should be clear for this match, as a complete game is expected without any interruption due to rain.
Date & Time: July 29, 8 PM IST
Probable Playing XIs
Sri Lanka is unlikely to make any change in this match, as they won the second game of the series. They used eight bowling options in the last match. In the batting department, skipper Dasun Shanaka will aim to contribute with some runs in the middle overs.
India doesn’t have many options on the bench, so they will also play the same eleven in this match. The skipper Shikhar Dhawan will expect more runs from the young batsmen. In the bowling department, all bowlers bowled brilliantly in the last match so they will aim to continue their good rhythm in this final match of the tour.
Avishka Fernando, Minod Bhanuka(wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dhananjaya de Silva, Ramesh Mendis, Dasun Shanaka(c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Isuru Udana, Dushmantha Chameera, Akila Dananjaya
Shikhar Dhawan(c), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson(wk), Nitish Rana, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Chetan Sakariya, Varun Chakravarthy
Sri Lanka may have won the second T20I match, but we can’t ignore this Indian team at any point. Despite their defeat in the last match, India will start as favorites to win this decider match of the series.
Batsmen: Shikhar Dhawan will be the leader of the Indian batting lineup in this match again. Devdutt Paddikal showed a glimpse of his good form in the last match as the youngster scored 29 runs. Ruturaj Gaikwad can be picked as the third batsmen from the Indian team. Avishka Fernando is the best batsman for hosts in this match.
Wicket-Keeper: Minod Bhanuka scored 36 runs in the last match so he can be picked from the Sri Lankan side. Sanju Samson will be picked from the Indian team. The youngster is expected to score big runs which he is yet to in this series.
All-Rounders: Wanindu Hasaranga and Dhananjaya De Silva both Sri Lankan all-rounders, will be the important options in this match. De Silva scored 40 and Hasaranga scored 15 runs and also picked one wicket in the last match.
Bowlers: Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked one and Kuldeep Yadav picked two wickets in the last match. Akila Dananjaya also picked two wickets for Sri Lanka in the second T20I match.
Fantasy Team: Shikhar Dhawan (c), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devdutt Paddikal, Avishka Fernando, Sanju Samson, Minod Bhanuka, Dhananjaya De Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga (vc), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Akila Dananjaya.
Captain – Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan is the highest run-scorer in this T20I series with 86 runs. So he will be the best pick for captain in this match.
Vice-Captain – Wanindu Hasaranga
Wanindu Hasaranga picked three wickets in this series and he will also contribute with the bat, so Hasaranga will be the best pick for vice-captain in this match.
A Cricket Writer