The 3rd and final match of the MasterCard ODI series will be played between India and Sri Lanka at the Greenfield International Cricket Stadium in Kerala. The match will start at 1:30 PM IST.
In the second ODI the Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka won the toss in Kolkata's Eden Gardens and choose to bat first. The Indian bowlers did splendidly well to skittle out the opponents for a meagre score of 215 in 39.4 overs. To bowl so fine on a batting beauty like this speaks volumes about the quality of the Indian bowling attack.
When the Indian team came out to bat they had a quick fire start though they lost a couple of wickets in quick succession. But the 75 run partnership between KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya calmed things down and when Hardik Pandya got out for a score of 36, Axar Patel’s entertaining 21 of 21 balls, KL Rahul and Kuldeep Yadav partnership of 25 runs in 21 balls, all culminated into a victory for team India. By virtue of winning the second game India won the series by a score line of two nil.
Now let’s talk about the third ODI Mastercard trophy. This match is a dead rubber but the Indian team could look forward to making a few changes in the playing 11 of the third ODI. Ishan Kishan could get a look in place of Shreyas Iyer, Mohammed Shami could be rested and replaced by medium fast bowler Arshdeep Singh. The Indian team would be looking forward for a clean sweep of the Srilankan team in the one day series.
As far as the Thiruvananthapuram pitch goes the last game that we played on that pitch against South Africa, the ball was swinging perfidiously, and going by that experience if you are a batsman you might have to be a bit extra cautious as this might not be a 300 plus wicket pitch, instead it might be a 280 to 270.
Sri Lankans would be aiming for some pride trip by winning a solitaire game in the series. if they want to win this last game their batsmen need to step up to the task, specially their middle order who have failed miserable to string together match winning partnerships. They have been losing wickets constantly in the middle overs. They need to fix that if they want to avoid a clean sweep.
TFG Fantasy Stars for India vs Sri Lanka:
Rohit Sharma is a mighty destructive batsman who plays the front foot punch gloriously well through the covers. He can also hit a Gigantic slog sweep over mid-wicket. if you want to see glorious timing of a cricket ball watch Rohit Sharma bat, as he is one of the great modern day opening batsman who can also cut the ball really hard over the offside. Rohit has played 237 one day international matches, scored 9554 runs with the bat with an average of 48.74 and a strike rate of 89.62 in his one day international career so far..
Virat Kohli plays a fantabulous pull short through mid-wicket and also plays the back foot punch terrifically well through backward square leg. He can play a some-choice Gautam handed flick through the leg side. Virat has played 267 one day international matches, scored 12588 runs with the bat, with an average of 57.47 and a strike rate of 93.21 in his one day international career so far.
Shubman Gill can play the straight drive tremendously well straight down the ground and is also a good player of the square cut through the offside. He is such a delight to watch when in full flow. He has played 17 one day international matches, scored 778 runs with the bat, with an average of 55.57 and a Strike rate of 101.69 in his one day international career so far.
Avishka Fernando can play lovely shots through mid-off and can also cut the ball extremely well through offside. He plays a strong pull shot through mid-wicket, can use his feet really well against the spinners and can go big straight down the ground with the spin. Fernando has played 28 one day international matches, scored 989 runs with the bat, with an average of 35.32 and a strike rate of 92.17 in his one day international career so far.
Nuwanidu Fernando looks a good young prospect who plays attractive cover drive through the covers and can hit a fine delicate late cut against the spinners through first slip and third man. He can also plays a class sweep shot through short fine leg. Fernando has played 01 one day international matches, scored 50 runs With the bat, with an average of 50.00 and a strike rate of 79.36 in his one day international career so far.
Charith Asalanka is a marvellous player of the cut shot through the offside and plays a competent pull shot over square leg. His square drive through the covers is pretty graceful. Asalanka has played 21 one day international matches, Scored 790 With the bat, with an average of 43.88 and a strike rate of 89.97 in his one day international career so far.
Possible 11: IND
Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill , Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, Surya Kumar Yadav, Ishan kishan, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammed Siraj, Umran Malik.
Possible 11: SL
Avishka Fernando, Nuwanidu Fernando, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Chamika Karunaratne, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Mendis, Kasun Rajitha, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara.
TFG Fantasy Picks for India vs Sri Lanka