Time: 27 Feb, 7.00PM IST
Venue: Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala
Going by the previous game, we might see yet another batting wicket at Dharamsala. In fact, India showed why chasing might not be a bad option.
Ishan Kishan suffered a concussion and was also taken to the hospital for treatment. He could miss the final match. India are likely to experiment with their playing 11.
Probable XI for India: Rohit Sharma (c), Mayank Agarwal, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Harshal Patel/Mohammad Siraj, Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Avesh Khan, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal
Probable XI for Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Kamil Mishara, Charith Asalanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Praveen Jayawickrama, Binura Fernando/Shiran Fernando, Lahiru Kumara
We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
India will depend on Rohit Sharma for a quick start in the powerplay. He has played two T20Is at Dharamsala with scores of 1 and 105. In fact, it was only his second single-digit score in the last 10 T20I innings. He has been in good form otherwise.
We might continue to see Ravindra Jadeja bat at No. 4 as indicated by the Indian think-tank. Furthermore, his ability to pick wickets and create an impact on the field makes him a hot pick in fantasy leagues.
Pathum Nissanka has been Sri Lanka’s best batter lately. He might not accelerate in the beginning, but he averages 37 in his last 7 outings.
Dasun Shanaka might not be consistent with the willow. That said, we saw his six-hitting ability in the previous game. He is also capable of rolling his arm over. He dismissed Ishan Kishan in the opening game.
Sanju Samson can dazzle to deceive. However, on his day, he can make six-hitting look easy, especially down the ground. With Ishan Kishan’s injury, Sanju is the frontrunner to keep wickets.
For his match-winning 74* off 44 balls, Shreyas Iyer was adjudged the Player of the Match. He should be feeling confident about his prospects at No. 3, especially after consecutive fifties
Sri Lanka will depend on Dushmantha Chameera for early wickets. Given how the visitors have limited spin-bowling options, the onus will be on the speedster.
Whether he bowls first or second, Jasprit Bumrah rarely goes wicketless. His economical spell also helps in adding useful fantasy points.
Yuzvendra Chahal is just five wickets away from becoming the highest T20I wicket-taker against Sri Lanka.
Niroshan Dickwella is the favourite to keep wickets in Chandimal’s absence. He can also be promoted to open the innings, in search of quick runs.
Chameera has dismissed Rohit 5 times in T20Is, conceding 32 runs in 26 balls. It will be interesting to see how this battle unfolds in the last game of the series.
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India have won their 11th consecutive T20I and will be eyeing their third successive series win. On the other hand, Sri Lanka will require a clinical performance to avoid a whitewash.