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SL vs IND: India Playing 11 for Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, 2023. Sri Lanka lost the T20I series 2-1 and the ODI series 2-0 so far in this tour but a victory in this 3rd and final SL vs IND ODI match would do them a world of good with the 2023 ODI World Cup coming later this year.

The action shifts to Thiruvananthapuram Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram, where the third ODI match between SL vs IND will be played on Sunday (15th January 2023).

India on the other hand are looking to strengthen their squad and finalize their best XI before going into the World Cup. Despite being a dead rubber both teams and their players will take this match seriously and look to make their mark with the big tournament coming up.

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India vs Sri Lanka (SL vs IND)
India vs Sri Lanka (SL vs IND) Photo Credit: (BCCI)

Indian top-3 after their good showing in the first match were dismissed cheaply last match. KL Rahul lead the tricky chase with an unbeaten 63 runs off 104 balls with Shreyas Iyer (28 runs), Axar Patel (21 runs), and Hardik Pandya (36 runs) playing vital cameos at the other end. India might look to give Suryakumar Yadav or Ishan Kishan a chance in playing XI in this match.

Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan
Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Indian bowlers bundled out the opposition for just 215 runs. Kuldeep Yadav straight away made an impact on his return picking up 3 crucial wickets in the middle overs. Mohammad Siraj has been the chief wicket-taker in this series with 5 scalps so far. Umran Malik too has rattled the opposition with raw pace in the middle overs. Axar Patel and Hardik Pandya have chipped in with their all-round skills so far.

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KL Rahul, Kuldeep Yadav
KL Rahul, Kuldeep Yadav. (Photo: Twitter)
Sri Lanka got to 102 for 1 in the 17th over, then threw their innings away in a collapse that cost them six wickets for 50 runs. The lower order pushed them up to 215 all out – the last wicket falling in the 40th over. But it was never going to be enough.
And though Sri Lanka’s bowlers made India’s batters work, reducing them to 86 for 4 at one stage, India’s run rate was too healthy, and their batting resources too rich. Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul put on a 75-run stand for the fifth wicket, breaking the back of the chase. Then KL Rahul pushed on to 64 not out off 103 balls.
 Kuldeep Yadav triggered Sri Lanka’s collapse by taking Kusal Mendis’ wicket, before picking up Charith Asalanka and Dasun Shanaka to finish with 3 for 51 from his 10 overs. Mohammed Siraj, who had been excellent with the new ball, took 3 for 30, picking up a couple of late wickets.
SL vs IND:- 2nd ODI:- India 219 for 6 (Rahul 64*, Hardik 36, Karunaratne 2-51, Kumara 2-64) beat Sri Lanka 215 (Nuwanidu 50, Mendis 34, Wellalage 32, Siraj 3-30, Kuldeep 3-51) by four wickets

SL vs IND- India Predicted Playing XI:

Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Umran Malik, Mohammed Siraj, Arshdeep Singh

Sri Lanka were bundled out for just 215 runs in the last match. Debutant Nuwanidu Fernando made an impact with his fifty last games and Pathum Nissanka might come back into the playing XI based on his injury status.

Nuwanidu Fernando
Nuwanidu Fernando Image Source – Twitter

Kusal Mendis (34 runs), Dunith Wellalage (32 runs), and Wanindu Hasaranga (21 runs) played some cameos in the middle order after quick wickets early in the match. Chamika Karunaratune (2/51), Lahiru Kumara (2/64), and Kasun Rajitha (1/46) took early wickets and restricted India to 86/4 inside 15 overs.

Wanindu Hasaranga was sublime with figures of 10-0-28-0 in the match. Dhananjaya de Silva chipped in with a wicket while Dasun Shanaka and Dunith Wellalage bowled some economical middle overs but were never going to stop the opposition from chasing the target.

SL vs IND- Sri Lanka Predicted Playing XI:

Nuwanidu Fernando, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis (wk), Charith Asalanka, Pathum Nissanka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Dunith Wellalage, Chamika Karunaratune, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara

In the 1st ODI, Indian captain Rohit Sharma scored 83 and Shubman Gill made 70 as India ended their innings at 373-7 after being put in to bat first. In response, Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka made an unbeaten 108 while opener Pathum Nissanka scored a solid 72, but it did not prove enough as the visitors failed to chase the big total.

Umran Malik and Mohammed Siraj claimed three and two wickets each respectively as the rest of the bowlers except for Axar Patel also picked a wicket each. Opener Pathum Nissanka also scored 72 for Sri Lanka in the first SL vs IND ODI.

Earlier put into bat, Rohit Sharma (83 off 67 balls) and Shubman Gill (70 off 60 balls) set a brilliant platform for the other batter with an opening stand of 143. Virat Kohli then joined the party with 113 off 87 balls to take India’s total to 373/7. For Sri Lanka, Kasun Rajitha claimed three wickets but conceded 88 runs in the first SL vs IND ODI.

SL vs IND-1st ODI- India 373 for 7 (Kohli 113, Rohit 83, Gill 70, Rajitha 3-88) beat Sri Lanka 306 for 8 (Shanaka 108*, Nissanka 72, Malik 3-57, Siraj 2-30) by 67 runs

SL vs IND: India Playing 11 for Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, 2023

Ishan Kishan

Ishan Kishan (PC-Getty Images)
Ishan Kishan (PC-Getty Images)

Shubman Gill was Man of the series in the ODI series against West Indies and Zimbabwe where he amassed 205 and 245 runs respectively averaging 102.5 and 122.5. He hit his maiden century- a career-best 130 against Zimbabwe after scoring 98* against West Indies when rain intervened and he was denied a ton.

He scored a 60-ball 70 in the 1st ODI against Sri Lanka and was involved in a 143-run opening stand with Rohit Sharma. He scored 21 off 12 balls in the 2nd ODI and may be replaced by Ishan Kishan in the 3rd inconsequential SL vs IND ODI.

Young Ishan Kishan got his chance in the third and final inconsequential ODI against Bangladesh at Chattogram against Bangladesh after captain Rohit Sharma was ruled out due to an injury. Ishan Kishan eventually perished for 210 off 131 balls.

His innings was laced with 10 sixes and 24 boundaries. Ishan Kishan became the fourth Indian to hit a double hundred in ODI cricket. Ishan Kishan completed the 200 in just 126 deliveries, which is now the fastest double-hundred ever scored. He was the first batter to convert his maiden ODI 100 to 200. In 10 ODIs, he has amassed 450+ runs averaging 50+ with 1 ton and 3 fifties.

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