IND vs SL: Weather Forecast And Pitch Report Of Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot, Sri Lanka Tour Of India 2023, 3rd T20I. India and Sri Lanka will clash in the 3rd and last IND vs SL T20I at Rajkot, Saurashtra to win the series, which is currently leveled at 1-1. The Indian top order has disappointed as a unit in both the IND vs SL T20Is, with Suryakumar Yadav being the only half-centurion with his 51-run knock in the 2nd IND vs SL T20I.
Openers Ishan Kishan (37 and 2), Shubman Gill (7 and 5), and skipper Hardik Pandya (29 and 12) haven’t been able to contribute significantly with the bat in both IND vs SL T20Is. Deepak Hooda scored an unbeaten 41 in the first IND vs SL T20I batting lower down the order while Axar Patel smacked 65 runs off 31 balls with 3 fours & 6 sixes in the 2nd IND vs SL T20I.
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While the bowling pulled off the tough task of defending a low total in the first IND vs SL T20I (which India won by 2 runs), they conceded plenty in the 2nd T20I. Arshdeep Singh, who missed the 1st T20I and came back from an injury in the 2nd match, bowled as many as 5 no-balls while Team India bowled a total of 7 no-balls, resulting in 7 Free Hits. Shivam Mavi impressed cricket fans with his 4-wicket haul on debut but went wicketless for 53 runs in the 2nd T20I.
Dasun Shanaka has been leading the Lankan batting from the front with 101 runs in 2 matches while striking at 206.12. Kusal Mendis has scored 80 runs in the series including 52 in the 2nd T20I while Charith Asalanka has 49 runs, which implies the batting has been majorly dependent on Dasun Shanaka who has carried the batting single-handedly in both matches.
While 5 Sri Lankan bowlers – Dilshan Madushanka, Maheesh Theekshana, Chamika Karunaratne, Dhananjaya de Silva, and Wanindu Hasaranga picked up a wicket each in the 1st T20I- the bowlers performed equally well in the 2nd T20I.
Dilshan Madushanka, Kasun Rajitha, and Dasun Shanaka picked up 2 wickets each while Chamika Karunaratne and Wanindu Hasaranga managed 1 wicket each in the 2nd T20I. Sri Lanka won the 2nd T20I by 16 runs successfully defending 207 runs target.
While batting first, Sri Lanka amassed 206 runs courtesy of a few significant efforts. To assist their team in defeating the Indians, Charith Asalanka, 37(19), Kusal Mendis, 52(31), and skipper Dasun Shanaka, 56(22), all contributed. Only 190 runs could be scored by India in the allowed 20 overs, falling short of their target. Axar Patel scored 65 (31) and Suryakumar Yadav scored 51 (36), keeping the Indians in the contest.
Axar Patel tried his absolute best with both bat and ball, but Dasun Shanaka continued his all-round domination of India to bring up a 16-run win for Sri Lanka in what turned out to be a thrilling contest at MCA Stadium in Pune.
In the 1st IND vs SL T20I, India prevailed in a low-scoring thriller thanks to late runs from Deepak Hooda and Axar Patel, and exceptional seam bowling from an attack missing pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah, Arshdeep Singh, and Mohammed Shami. The Wankhede pitch was anything but the batting paradise it usually is in T20 cricket: there was grip for spinners, which Sri Lanka used well before the new ball seamed around for India’s quicks.
Sri Lanka (Probable Playing XI): Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis(w), Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka(c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Dilshan Madushanka.
India (Probable Playing XI): Ishan Kishan(w), Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Rahul Tripathi, Hardik Pandya(c), Deepak Hooda, Axar Patel, Shivam Mavi, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal.
IND vs SL: Weather Forecast And Pitch Report Of Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot, Sri Lanka Tour Of India 2023, 3rd T20I
The pitches in SCA Stadium are known to be batting friendly producing some high-scoring matches except for the recent T20I encounter between India and South Africa as the visitors registered the lowest total at the venue in international matches. And going by the record in T20 internationals, there is no clear winner at SCA Stadium in Rajkot as teams batting and chasing have both won 2 times each.
New Zealand’s Colin Munro scored a ton (109*) against India in 2017 which is the best individual score while Indian pacer Avesh Khan’s 4/18 against Proteas in 2022 is the best figure. India won 3 games out of 4 while New Zealand defeated India in 2017 by 40 runs. India successfully chased the target of 202 set by Australia in 2013. South Africa’s 87 against India is the lowest score recorded in 2022.
The weather forecast for Saturday (January 7) indicates a warm evening followed by pleasant weather with a max temperature of 32 degrees Celcius and a low of 18 degrees Celcius. There is no threat of rain for the whole day and in the lead-up to the match as well. According to weather.com, the humidity will be between 46-56%. So, an uninterrupted match is expected.