India takes on Sri Lanka in the third and final ODI in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday, January 15. The Men in Blue have already won the series by winning the first two games. Sri Lanka needs to win the final ODI to avoid a clean sweep. The series kickstarted the preparations for the ODI World Cup for both teams.
India won the second ODI on the back of KL Rahul‘s matured 64 off 103 balls that helped India chase down a target of 216 inside 44 overs. Hardik Pandya and Axar Patel came up with crucial contributions as well. Before India’s batting effort, Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammed Siraj picked up three wickets each to bowl out Sri Lanka for a below-par total.
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Having clinched the series, there are reports that the team management will look to make multiple changes in the XI. Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav are yet to get a game in the series. Reports further say that Kuldeep Yadav might have to make way for Yuzvendra Chahal in the third game if the latter is fit to make the XI. Chahal missed the previous match due to a shoulder injury.
India head onto the ODI and T20I series against New Zealand after the series against the Lankans. The series is slated to begin from January 18 with the first ODI in Hyderabad. The second and third ODI will be played in Raipur (January 21) and Indore (January 24). Both teams then play a three-match T20I series. The T20Is will be played in Ranchi (January 27), Lucknow (January 29) and Ahmedabad (February 1) respectively.
The changes might be made to ensure that all the players at least get game time before the series against the Kiwis. In this article, we take a look at India’s predicted playing XI for the final ODI against Sri Lanka.
India vs Sri Lanka: IND Playing 11 for SL, 3rd ODI
Rohit Sharma (C)
Rohit will continue to open the batting. After scoring 83 in the first ODI, he fell cheaply in the second for just 17. Rohit has not been included for the T20I series against the Kiwis. He struggled to score runs across formats in 2022 scoring 249 runs in 8 ODIs last year.