In the decider last game of the 3 match T20 series wounded Indian team will square off against freshen up Sri Lankan team. Sri Lanka levelled the series by 1-1 in the yesterday’s game and will looking forward to their first series win on home tour.
Sri Lanka’s batting has been so-so for quite some time now. So the nail-biting successful chase, less than 24 hours ago, should instill confidence and belief in the group that’s young and inexperienced. Their bowlers, meanwhile, have been effective in both the matches.
Talking about debutants, India were forced to pick four yesterday. Saini got injured while fielding in the final over yesterday and if he isn’t fit, the visitors will have to unleash yet another newbie. With just five specialist batsmen in the XI, the approach taken by the Indians wasn’t a surprising one.
Shikhar Dhawan: We are gonna bat first. We’ll look to post a good score. Our bowling is quite strong, so we are going to defend. We are just focusing on today’s game, we are not going to take any pressure from the past. He (Saini) is injured. We’ve got Sandeep Warrier; he’s debuting today.
Dasun Shanaka: We are happy to bowl first. Early wickets is going to do the trick. It’ll be a big win for us. Winning is very important, it’ll be very nice. Isuru Udana is out, Pathum Nissanka comes in.
India (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan(c), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson(w), Nitish Rana, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Sandeep Warrier, Chetan Sakariya, Varun Chakravarthy
Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Avishka Fernando, Minod Bhanuka(w), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Pathum Nissanka, Dasun Shanaka(c), Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera