India vs Sri Lanka 2020: 3rd T20I, Pune – Match Prediction; Following a one-sided clash in Indore, both the teams travel to Pune for the final T20I of the series. Both the teams look for a victory, as the series result is at stake. India would like to seal it with 2-0 while Lasith Malinga-led side looks to draw the series with a win.
India have an unassailable lead now as they can’t lose the series from here. However, the series can still be levelled, and India would want to avoid any sort of complacency, considering the fact that they haven’t had the best of times in T20 cricket in the last 12 months.
India will go with unchanged XI:
Batting first on a flat wicket, Sri Lanka played a lot of dot balls as India bowled very accurate lines right through the innings. It’s not going to be any easier for the visitors as they travel to Pune for the last match of the series. Sri Lanka will probably want to look at other options as their batting stagnated in the middle overs in Indore and they couldn’t get the scoreboard ticking. Angelo Mathews can be brought in as he is an excellent option to bat in the middle order.
For India, all the bowlers did well in the match. Jasprit Bumrah made a decent comeback and took one wicket. Kuldeep Yadav did very well in the middle overs and took two important wickets. Thakur, Saini and Sundar also started the new year with a great display and took 3,2 and 1 wickets respectively. Batsmen also did well collectively. Shikhar Dhawan wasn’t able to find the batting touch, but he scored a struggling 31 odd runs. Shreyas Iyer promoted up the order while Virat Kohli finished the game.
Even the teams premier bowling all-rounder Isuru Udana was also injured during the fielding in Indore. There is no update on his comeback. So he will miss the match which will be a big upset for the visitors. The visitors might consider the possibility of a second spinner, given the fact that Wanindu Hasaranga was able to make some impact against the Indian batsmen in the second T20I.
India vs Sri Lanka 2020 – 3rd T20I – Match Prediction
There was no match to the duo in the previous game at Indore. Mostly, it would be the same scenario in the next game at Pune. Indians dominated Sri Lanka when it comes to the bilateral T20I series. The Islanders are yet to win a series against their neighbours. In 6 series played so far, India have won 5 while Sri Lanka have managed a draw. Overall, India have managed to win 11 out of 16 meetings in T20Is.
The stats will clearly say that the Indians will enter into the game as the favourites to win. Even on the paper, the Indian team looks solid with the likes of Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan in the lineup. Besides that, the Indian team will enjoy home advantage.