After losing the series, the Lankans will be looking for 10 crucial points in the ODI Super League.
India have already sealed the fate of the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka at the iconic R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Even as the first victory on Sunday was a pretty straightforward one, the Men in Blue had to play out of their skins to secure the three-wicket win on Tuesday, July 20.
The Lankans, meanwhile, would be disappointed for letting the second ODI slip after getting India on the mat. The third and final ODI is scheduled to take place on Friday, July 23. Although they have lost the series, the Dasun Shanaka-led hosts have 10 important ODI Super League points to play for.
Match – Sri Lanka vs India – 3rd match
Venue – R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Time – 03:00 PM IST, 09:30 AM GMT
Where to watch live – Sony Sports Network, Sony LIV
The pitch in Colombo has been fairly good for batting. Scores over the 250-run mark have been registered every time in the series. Hence, a fairly high-scoring game can be expected for Friday’s match. Chasing should be the way forward. There are chances of rain from 2 PM onwards and hence, there could be a few delays. The temperature will be around 27 degrees Celsius.
Avg score: 262 (37 ODIs in Colombo since January 2010)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 19, Lost – 16, N/R – 2
Playing combination for SL vs IND
Avishka Fernando, Minod Bhanuka (wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksha, Charith Asalanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (c), Kasun Rajitha, Chamika Karunaratne, Lakshan Sandakan, Dushmantha Chameera
Bench: Ramesh Mendis, Akila Dananjaya, Binura Fernando, Lahiru Udara, Ishan Jayaratne, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Ashen Bandar, Shiran Fernando, Praveen Jayawickrama, Asitha Fernando, Pathum Nissanka, Lahiru Kumara/Isuru Udana
Shikhar Dhawan (c), Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal
Bench: Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Nitish Rana, Krishnappa Gowtham, Sanju Samson, Rahul Chahar, Varun Chakravarthy, Navdeep Saini, Chetan Sakariya
SL vs IND Head-to-Head
Played – 161 | Sri Lanka – 56 | India – 93 | N/R – 11 | Tied- 1
In Sri Lanka
Played – 63 | Sri Lanka – 27 | India – 30 | N/R – 6
Probable best batsman of the match
Shikhar Dhawan– India
Shikhar Dhawan has looked secure at the crease in the ongoing ODI series against Sri Lanka. Though he didn’t get the Player of the Match award in the first game, scored 86 runs to see his team over the line. He is also the leading run-scorer of the series with 115 runs at an average of 115. Dhawan scored 29 off 38 balls in the second game before Wanindu Hasaranga dismissed him.
Probable best bowler of the match
Wanindu Hasaranga– Sri Lanka
Wanindu Hasaranga has been a revelation for Sri Lanka in the last two years or so. Batters have found him tough to read and the same has been the case for the Indians as well. In the first ODI, the leg-spinner couldn’t make a breakthrough. However, he made amends in the second match, picking three crucial wickets. Hasaranga is also more than handy with the bat and can make useful runs.
Today’s match prediction: India to win the match.
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.