After winning the toss in the third and the final T20I, India captain, Rohit Sharma decided to bowl first, a decision which seemed to be correct. Sri Lanka were pushed out of the game right from the start of the game. They lost early wickets, failed to capitalise on partnerships which were provided and could just post 135 runs on the board.
It was the debutant Washington Sundar who opened the bowling for the side. He just gave six runs in his first over in T20I cricket and soon got his first wicket as well in the second over he bowled.
The number continued to increase in Sri Lanka’s wicket columns as Jaydev Unadkat, after taking a wicket in his first over, took another one in the fourth over of the game.
Sri Lanka were left down with a score of 18-3 at one stage. Sadeera Samarawickrama and Asela Gunaratne then took over the charge and shared 38 runs for the first wicket to pull out their side out of the tough situation.
Sri Lanka again lost three wickets in a matter of few overs but Gunaratne and Dasun Shanaka 26 runs for the seventh wicket to again increase team India’s wait.
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At the end, Sri Lanka posted a total of 135 on the board. It should be an easy chase for the home side. A win here would mean that India will whitewash Sri Lanka in the T20I series.
Here is how Twitter reacted to Sri Lanka’s innings in the third T20I –
— Sir Jadeja fan (@SirJadeja) December 24, 2017
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 24, 2017
Youngest T20I debutants for India:
18y 080d WASHINGTON SUNDAR
19y 120d Rishabh Pant
19y 152d Ishant Sharma
20y 004d Suresh Raina#INDvSL
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) December 24, 2017
Took his maiden T20I wicket in second over..
Took his maiden ODI wicket in second over..
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) December 24, 2017
The difference between kuldeep & Chahal is that, Kuldeep is slower through the air & off the deck, you can't play those chicky sweeps, reverse sweeps and go on the backfoot too much to Chahal. Chahal is obviously more experience though and hence 4 year wiser. #INDvsSL
— KASHISH (@crickashish217) December 24, 2017
#IndvsSL dhoni and DK, two keepers behind the stumps. One with gloves, another without.
— Bagawati Prasad (@Baggs0404) December 24, 2017
— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) December 24, 2017
कुछ भी करके श्रीलंका से अपने राजनितिक रिश्ते पाकिस्तान जैसे ख़राब करने पड़ेंगे वरना ऐसी मैच निरंतर झेलनी पड़ेगी.
इसके सिवाय कोई चारा नहीं😂😂😂
— Kuptaan 🇮🇳 (@Kuptaan) December 24, 2017
Unadkat has been most impressive. 4 overs for just 15 . And with Washington Sundar opening the bowling, looked like Pune vs SL initially.#INDvsSL
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) December 24, 2017
— Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) December 24, 2017
— zimmi's (@zimmijain) December 24, 2017
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