IND vs SL 3rd T20 LIVE: Shikhar Dhawan-led India opt to bat against Sri Lanka; Follow LIVE updates- Shikhar Dhawan has won the toss and opted to bat in the series decider against Sri Lanka. Sandeep Warrier has received his maiden T20 cap for India. Sri Lanka did not choose any debutants for the fixture but brought in Pathum Nissanka over Isuru Udana.
After a 4-wicket loss to Sri Lanka on Wednesday, Shikhar Dhawan & Co are left with a mammoth task to pull off a win in the series decider 3rd T20 on Friday. India coach Rahul Dravid does not have any more players from the 1st team and is left with only 11 players to complete the series against Dasun Shanaka’s Sri Lanka.- Follow India vs Sri Lanka LIVE streaming on SONY LIV and live updates on insidesport.co
India have won the toss and opted to bat
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
At the time of the toss, India captain Shikhar Dhawan said,” We are gonna bat first. Our bowling is quite strong. We are just focusing on today’s game, we are not going to take any pressure from the past. He (Saini) injured. We’ve got Sandeep Warrier.”
“We are happy to bowl first. Winning is very important, it’ll be very nice. Isuru Udana is out, Pathum Nissanka comes in,” said Dasun Shanaka.
Sandeep Warrier has received his maiden T20 cap
The side has been severely depleted after Krunal Pandya tested positive for Covid-19 and eight close contacts — Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Krishnappa Gowtham, and Deepak Chahar — are currently in isolation and ruled out of the T20I series.
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To complicate matters the most, Team India have only five batsmen and six bowlers, severely compromising the side’s balance against a resurgent Sri Lanka. Coach Rahul Dravid admitted that the balance of the side has been compromised but the team will look to win the series nonetheless.
“It was felt medically that some of the guys who were his (Krunal’s) close contacts shouldn’t be participating in the series. We’ve got 11 to choose from, and all 11 are playing!” Rahul Dravid said before the match on Wednesday.
“To be very honest, I don’t think there’s any need to be sorry for us. The squad’s great, like I said everyone deserves to be in the XI. Our balance might be a bit compromised this game, but it’s a Twenty20 game and I truly believe we have the quality to really put up a good show,” he added.
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Despite the fact that Team India added all five net bowlers from the reserve squad to the main squad, what they need is an experienced batsman. The 2nd T20 proved that only Shikhar Dhawan is in the form to bat but he is under severe pressure to take the team on. As he felt the necessity to stay on the crease longer, the scoring rate dipped on a difficult and slow surface to bat on.
The others barring Sanju Samson are all inexperienced and could not play longer. Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Nitish Rana all made their T20 debuts and the lack of experience and camaraderie did not help. In the final T20, all have to come together to play their best cricket to beat Sri Lanka, who are baking on their spinners to win the series.
IND vs SL Match Details
Sri Lanka vs India, 3rd T20I
India Tour of Sri Lanka, 2021
Date – 29 July 2021
Time: 08:00 PM IST
Venue: R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
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Sri Lanka Squad: Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Avishka Fernando, Asitha Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa (not available), Ramesh Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (Captain), Lahiru Kumara, Pathum Nissanka, Chamika Karunaratne, Ishan Jayaratne, Ashen Bandara, Minod Bhanuka (wk), Kasun Rajitha, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Lahiru Udara, Isuru Udana, Praveen Jayawickrama, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Dhananjaya de Silva, Shiran Fernando
India Squad: Shikhar Dhawan (Captain), Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, Nitish Rana, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Vice-captain), Sanju Samson (Wicket-keeper), Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rahul Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Chetan Sakariya.
Net bowlers added to the squad: Ishan Porel, Sandeep Warrier, Arshdeep Singh, R Sai Kishore and Simarjeet Singh.
Not available: Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Yuzvendra Chahal, Krunal Pandya, K Gowtham, Ishan Kishan (Wicket-keeper), Deepak Chahar, Hardik Pandya
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