In 26 makes an attempt throughout codecs, Sri Lanka have by no means gained a bilateral sequence in India. Should you have a look at it by way of that lens, Sunday’s ODI in Thiruvananthapuram is inconsequential, with India having already taken an unassailable 2-0 lead. Nonetheless, in a World Cup yr, the groups want to utilise each alternative they get.
India will likely be seeking to fine-tune their technique and XI. Ought to their high three proceed enjoying the aggressive model of cricket they’ve adopted thus far on this sequence? Who among the many two wristspinners – Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav – is their most well-liked choice? Is Umran Malik prepared for the large stage?
Sri Lanka, maybe, are nonetheless looking for a few items to finish their jigsaw. Pathum Nissanka scored 72 within the first ODI however missed the following one due to again stiffness. In his absence, debutant Nuwanidu Fernando scored a fifty to place his case ahead. If Nissanka is offered for the third ODI, whom do Sri Lanka miss? It is a headache they will not thoughts.
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Within the highlight – Mohammed Siraj and Kusal Mendis
Mohammed Shami is perhaps the chief of India’s tempo assault for the time being, however Mohammed Siraj has had a much bigger affect on this sequence, choosing up 5 wickets at 12.00, with an economic system charge of 4.73. He additionally appears to have grown extra conscious of his personal strengths. Within the second ODI, with the brand new ball not swinging, he switched to bowling wobble-seam and castled Avishka Fernando with a nip-backer to present India an early breakthrough.
Kusal Mendis is by far essentially the most skilled batter on this Sri Lanka line-up. He performed some helpful knocks in the course of the T20I sequence, and seemed good within the second ODI as effectively earlier than being dismissed for a run-a-ball 34. If Sri Lanka are to problem India, Mendis must bat longer.
Chahal missed the second ODI with a sore proper shoulder. If he’s out there for Sunday’s recreation, it is going to be fascinating to see if Kuldeep Yadav as soon as once more misses out after a Participant-of-the-Match efficiency.
India (possible): 1 Rohit Sharma (capt), 2 Shubman Gill, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Shreyas Iyer, 5 KL Rahul (wk), 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Axar Patel, 8 Kuldeep Yadav, 9 Mohammed Shami, 10 Umran Malik, 11 Mohammed Siraj.
It won’t be simple to maintain out Nuwanidu after his composed half-century on the high of the order within the earlier recreation. On condition that he bats within the center order in home cricket, Charith Asalanka could should miss out if Nissanka is offered.
Sri Lanka (possible): 1 Pathum Nissanka, 2 Avishka Fernando, 3 Kusal Mendis (wk), 4 Nuwanidu Fernando/Charith Asalanka, 5 Dhananjaya de Silva, 6 Dasun Shanaka (capt), 7 Wanindu Hasaranga, 8 Dunith Wellalage, 9 Chamika Karunaratne, 10 Kasun Rajitha, 11 Lahiru Kumara.
Pitch and situations
The Greenfield Worldwide Stadium has hosted just one ODI to this point: India vs West Indies in 2019. Batting first, West Indies have been bowled out for 104, and India chased it down with 9 wickets to spare. The temperature in the course of the day time ought to be round 30°C; it would change into barely cooler at night time. There is no such thing as a forecast for rain.
“We’ll take a look on the pitch [in Thiruvananthapuram], we will certainly take a look at a few of our guys as a result of there are three ODIs coming towards New Zealand as effectively. So now we have to maintain the blokes recent. We’ve received a protracted season forward, so we have to preserve every thing in thoughts. If want be we are going to make some modifications.”
India captain Rohit Sharma after the second ODI
Hemant Brar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo