Team India will now go for a ‘clean sweep’ against Sri Lanka. Also, ahead of the third and final ODI, Indian coach Rahul Dravid will face a dilemma whether to experiment in this match or retain the winning combination for a ‘clean sweep’. On Friday, this match in Colombo will start at 3.00 pm Indian time.
Under the captaincy of Shikhar Dhawan, India won the first match by 7 wickets, while Deepak Chahar played an unbeaten innings of 69 runs in the 3 wicket victory in the second match. Now it remains to be seen whether India takes Prithvi Shaw along with Shikhar Dhawan to open the innings or gives a chance to Devdutt Padkal or Rituraj Gaikwad. Shaw scored 43 and 13 runs in the first two matches. If Shaw gets a chance again, his effort will be to convert a good start into a big innings.
Another dilemma before the team management will be whether to field aggressive Ishan Kishan or give Sanju Samson a chance to make his ODI debut. Manish Pandey and Suryakumar Yadav will retain their place in the middle order. Vice-captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar has said that there is no issue regarding Hardik Pandya’s fitness, so the Baroda player and his brother Krunal Pandya are expected to play.
The team management also has to take care of the players’ workload as Sri Lanka’s humid weather has six matches to play in 12 days. In the last two matches, the Indian bowlers had managed to control Sri Lanka’s inexperienced batting order. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will lead the attack, while Navdeep Saini or Chetan Sakariya can be brought in in place of Deepak Chahar to support him. Although Chahar has proved that he is also a useful batsman, then his role in T20 will be important. so they can be rested.
Spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal did well in the first two matches. There is a selection dilemma here too, with off-spinner Krishnappa Gautam and the talented Rahul Chahar waiting.
The Sri Lankan team had come close to victory in the second match, which would have boosted their confidence a lot. Opener Avishka Fernando, however, needs help from the other end. Sri Lankan coach Mickey Arthur, who was seen in anger in the last match, needs to encourage his players
Teams are as follows –
India: Shikhar Dhawan (capt), Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal, Rituraj Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Nitish Rana, Ishan Kishan (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Krishnappa Gautam, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakraborty, Rahul Chahar, Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Chetan Sakaria, Navdeep Saini.
Sri Lanka: Dasun Shanaka (captain), Dhananjaya de Silva (vice-captain), Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapakse, Pathum Nisanka, Charit Aslanka, Vanindu Hasaranga, Ashen Bandara, Minod Bhanuka, Lahiru Udara, Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Lakshmantha Chamira, Lakshmantha Chamira Akila Dhananjay, Shiran Fernando, Dhananjay Lakshan, Ishaan Jayaratne, Praveen Jayavikrema, Asitha Fernando, Kasun Rajita, Lahiru Kumara, Isuru Udana.