India vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20I | Series Decider Match Preview, Team Prediction

India vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20I | Series Decider Match Preview, Team Prediction

India vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20I

The 3rd India vs Sri Lanka T20 International will be played at the Rajkot on January 07, 2023. Both the teams are leveled in the series with one win each. India won the First T20I, and Sri Lanka bounced back into the series with a 16-run win in the 2nd T20I match.

The winner of India vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20I will become the series winner of the T20 International Series. Hence both teams are determined to win the match and ultimately the series.

India vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20I
India vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20I

India vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20I Match Preview

The 3rd T20I match between India and Sri Lanka will be a tight fight between the two teams. This match will be the series decider, hence very crucial for both the teams. Both teams want to win this match, and series to gain confidence before going to the One Day International Series, which will start on Tues, 10th January 2023.

Both teams are facing issues with the top order. The Indian top-order batsmen have collapsed in both T20 Matches. It’s a big concern for the India team management. The openers Ishan Kishan, Shubhman Gill, and Rahul Tripathi have to be consistent and score well in this match to have a good start for their team.

Surya Kumar Yadav played good innings in the 2nd T20I. Axar Patel is in great nick and may be promoted in the batting order in this match. Giving too many extras is a big concern for the team India bowling. Umran Malik and Mavi are in fine form.

Sri Lanka also has problems with their top-order batsman. Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, and Dhananjaya de Silva have not fared well in both matches. Sri Lanka is expecting big scores from these batters in this match. 

Dasun Shanaka the Skipper is in great form and doing an excellent job for his team. He has fared well with the ball also in the 2nd T20I. Sri Lankan bowlers should be more consistent with their line and length and should curtail the runs to win the series for their team. 

India vs Sri Lanka Recent 5 Match Form

India:           LWTWL (last five completed T20Is, most recent first)
Sri Lanka: WLLWL

This is the first time Sri Lanka is playing an international match at the SCA Stadium, Rajkot.

India vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20I Team Prediction

India (Probable):

1 Ishan Kishan (wk), 2 Shubman Gill, 3 Rahul Tripathi, 4 Suryakumar Yadav, 5 Hardik Pandya (capt), 6 Deepak Hooda, 7 Axar Patel, 8 Shivam Mavi, 9 Umran Malik, 10 Arshdeep Singh, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal

Sri Lanka (Probable): 

1 Pathum Nissanka, 2 Kusal Mendis (wk), 3 Dhananjaya de Silva, 4 Charith Asalanka, 5 Sadeera Samarawickrama 6 Dasun Shanaka (capt), 7 Wanindu Hasaranga, 8 Chamika Karunaratne, 9 Maheesh Theekshana, 10 Kasun Rajitha, 11 Dilshan Madushanka

India vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20I Pitch

The Rajkot pitch is a flat pitch, and we can expect huge scores in this match. It will be another run-fest, teams winning the toss would like to bowl. This venue has a good record for the team’s batting second. As winter fog grips north, and western India, the evening will be quite cold with temperatures around 16-18°C.

India vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20I Match Prediction

India is on a continuous streak of winning 11 T20I series that have been played in India. India lost the bilateral T20I series way back in 2019 when Australia beat India 2-0. 

India has a narrow escape in the First T20I match, with 2 runs win. In the Second T20I match, despite the failure of the entire top order Indian team came close to victory with the heroics of Surya Kumar Yadav and Axar Patel.

Sri Lanka has eyed their first-ever T20I Series win in India. They have to show their best cricket on Saturday, to have a series win.

Based on the recent match form, match form in this series, today’s match will be like a 50:50 win chance for both teams. 

India vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20I
India vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20I

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