India vs Sri Lanka | Probable XI for 3rd ODI

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India vs Sri Lanka | Probable XI for 3rd ODI

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SportsCafe Desk

12/16/2017

After levelling the series in a dominant fashion in Mohali, India will look to pile more misery on Sri Lanka in the third and deciding ODI in Vizag. With the combination working brilliantly last game, Rohit Sharma wouldn’t want to risk making many changes this time.

Openers

Rohit Sharma- With the Vishakhapatnam strip likely to be batting friendly, we expect Ro-hitman Sharma to get into thick of things again. Mohali was too easy for him as he hit 13 boundaries and 12 sixes to get his third ODI century. He will look to continue his magic.

Shikhar Dhawan- After failing to make an impression in Dharamsala, the southpaw was back to his destructive self as he smashed nine boundaries to make 68 runs and give India the much-needed positive start. He would want to get his century this time, which he could’ve easily got in Mohali.

Middle order

Shreyas Iyer- The youngsters sure had a poor first game but he turned the tables magnificently in the second. India showed confidence in him at a crucial stage and he repaid the faith with a blistering 88-run knock in Mohali that saw nine boundaries and two sixes. He shouldn’t stop now.

Dinesh Karthik- This series remains extremely crucial for the experienced Tamil Nadu batsman, who might be seeing his last ever chance to seal the number 4 spot in the Indian team. He had a game to forget in Dharamsala, while he wasn’t needed to bat in Mohali. He would hope to get a chance this time.

MS Dhoni- While he couldn’t keep his hammer swinging in the last game and was out after just one six, Dhoni continues to be a constant in the Indian side. He was involved in three of Sri Lanka’s wickets from behind the stumps and his contribution remains significant as ever.

All-rounder

Hardik Pandya- The crowd is yet to see any glimpse of the slaughter that made him a household name in the country during the Australia series. While he followed the Indian batting lot in Dharamsala, he couldn’t contribute much in Mohali after coming in at the 48 over. But, he remained important with the ball in the side.

Bowlers

Washington Sundar- He had a decent debut in Mohali where he claimed his maiden ODI wicket in just the ninth ball. With the conditions making the ball wet, he found it difficult to grip the ball well but still managed to impress the skipper. He is likely to start tomorrow.

Kuldeep Yadav- Kuldeep Yadav has been a surprise exclusion from most games since his heroics in the Australia series. However, with the Vishakhapatnam pitch known to be spin friendly, the chinaman bowler should be expected to get good purchase.

Yuzvendra Chahal- Chahal ended last ODI as India’s best bowler with figures flashing 3/60. However, what was more important was the three players that the plucked out- Gunaratne, Dickwella and Perera. Though Sri Lanka had very little chance to chase the target of 392, Chahal made sure to make the loss more humiliating for the visitors.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar- Bhuvi seems to have a touch of pace to his brilliant swing bowling. Though he couldn’t get more wickets, his inch-perfect balls meant Sri Lankan batsman were unable to open their hands. He will look to do a similar job this time.

Jasprit Bumrah- Bumrah looks to have finally got over his no-ball conundrum. After his overstepping prevented the dismissal of Upul Tharanga in the first ODI, Bumrah looked to limit his strides by a yard short of the popping line. His overstepping seemed to be his biggest hindrance, improving which could make him a complete bowler.  

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