Sri Lanka vs India – 3rd T20 International Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Sri Lanka vs India taking place? Thursday, July 29th, 2021 – 15:30 (UK)

Where is Sri Lanka vs India taking place? R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

What is the expected weather for Sri Lanka vs India? 27-28c dry, with partial clouds and light winds

What channel is Sri Lanka vs India on? The match will be televised live on Foodxp (Sky Channel 712) in the UK

Where can I stream Sri Lanka vs India? SonyLIV subscribers will be able to stream the match live both online and via smart phones.

LAST MEETING
Sri Lanka beat India by four wickets.

THE TEAM NEWS

SRI LANKA

  • Sri Lanka made hard work of chasing down 133 against a heavily weakened India team, but eventually got home with two balls to spare, levelling this three-match T20i series heading into the decider.
  • At one stage, the hosts found themselves at 66/4 and in real trouble, but a calm 40 not out from Dhananjaya de Silva guided them through with only one four and one six demonstrating a sensible innings that was sorely needed with his side under pressure.
  • Following their first victory in the series, Sri Lanka may be tempted to retain the same side for this third T20i, particularly with less than 24-hour turnaround between games.

INDIA

  • A hugely depleted India side put up an excellent fight in the second T20i against Sri Lanka in a low scoring affair, however fell just short despite a wonderful collective bowling effort.
  • Captain Shikhar Dhawan led the way with the bat, top scoring with 40 whilst all five bowlers utilised by India picked up at least one wicket in their attempt to defend 132.
  • Following all-rounder Krunal Pandya’s positive Covid-19 test, eight squad players were identified as close contacts and after not featuring in the second T20i, these players will all be absent once again including Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Chahar Yuzvendra Chahal.

THE PREDICTION

Following a manic couple of days in the Indian camp, they have very little time to dwell on matters as their young inexperienced outfit look to bounce back immediately and secure a series win. Despite boasting far more international experience, Sri Lanka were far from convincing in the second T20i and another extremely close affair is expected. Once again, it is important to remember that these Indian players have all competed in high pressure environments against international stars whilst playing in the IPL and they will not be phased by the task ahead of them. When taking into account the never say die attitude of the tourists combined with the class of players such Dhawan with the bat and Kumar with the ball, then it would be no surprise to see India edge out the hosts in this third T20i, thus winning the series.

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