The India cricket team will be eyeing yet another series win at home when they take on the Sri Lanka cricket team in their third and final T20 International (T20) at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Friday. The Virat Kohli-led India side registered a comfortable seven-wicket victory in the second T20 and took an unassailable 1-0 lead in the tournament. The first T20 in Guwahati had been called off due to dampness on the pitch.
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The second T20, in which Jasprit Bumrah was making a comeback, saw Navdeep Saini and Shardul Thakur making headlines, proving India's newfound bowling strength. In the batting department, K L Rahul continued his good form and gave India a strong start along with Shikhar Dhawan. Shreyas Iyer and Kohli capitalised on that foundation and their gutsy power-hitting ensiured India were home fairly easily.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka need to improve their performance on all fronts if they aim to level the series. Captain Lasith Malinga would be tempted to bring in Angelo Mathews in place of Oshanda Fernando, while injured left-arm pacer Isuru Udana might have to be replaced by Kasun Ranjitha in like-to-like replacement.
India vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20 predicted playing 11
India tentative playing 11: Shikhar Dhawan, K L Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(wk), Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Jasprit Bumrah
Sri Lanka tentative playing 11: Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera (wk), Oshada Fernando/Angelo Mathews, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Kasun Ranjitha, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lahiru Kumara, Lasith Malinga (c)
When and where to watch India vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20 Live
Date: January 10, 2020 (Friday)
Time: 7:00 PM (IST)
Toss Timing: 6:30 PM (IST)
Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association, Pune
India vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20 match will be telecast live on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD with English commentary. The same broadcast with Hindi commentary will be available on Star Sports 1 Hindi and Star Sports 1 Hindi HD. Fans could also watch the live streaming of India vs Sri Lanka match on Hotstar website and app.
The Pune weather is expected to be clear during the entires 40 overs of the game, with 66 per cent humidity. The dew factor could be crucial in the second innings as it will be tough for bowlers to hit the desired line and length.
The Pune pitch has been erratic in the past, so it will be hard to predict its nature before the play starts. During the IPL, the pitch supported slow bowlers in some games.