India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd T20I: Wanindu Hasaranga’s celebrates his 24th birthday in style, picks four-wicket – Sri Lanka spinner Wanindu Hasaranga ran through Indian middle order to pick four-wicket haul in the third and final T20I of the series here at the R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on Thursday. Wanindu is ranked 2nd in the ICC T20I rankings for bowlers.
In his very first over of the innings, Hasaranga removed Sanju Samson and Ruturaj Gaikwad. Samson was plumped on the back foot in the fifth over of the innings while on the last ball of the over Hasaranga sent back Gaikwad. Returning in the 15th over of the innings for his 2nd spell, Hasaranga took the wicket of India vice-captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar who scored 16 runs in his innings. Varun Chakravarthy was Hasaranga’s last wicket of the match. He returned with the figures of 4/9 in his four overs.
Interestingly, Hasaranga is also celebrating his birthday.
Best T20I figures on birthday
4/9 W Hasaranga v Ind Colombo (29 Jul 2021)
* 4/21 Imran Tahir v Net Chittagong (27 Mar 2014)
3/23 Yuvraj v SL Mohali (12 Dec 2009)
India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd T20I: Earlier, India captain Shikhar Dhawan won the toss and opted to bat first. Both the teams have won a game and will be fighting it out in the series decider today. Navdeep Saini is missing the third T20I and Sandeep Warrier has made his debut for India in the series decider.
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.”
India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd T20I:“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.
India playing XI: Shikhar Dhawan (c), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson, Nitish Rana, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Chetan Sakariya, Varun Chakravarthy, Sandeep Warrier
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