TEAM NEWS: Yuzvendra Chahal, Sanju Samson and Manish Pandey in for India today
TOSS | Sri Lanka skipper Lasith Malinga wins the toss, opts to field against India
“This is a very good pitch. Very good pitch to bat. There is a tinge of green that will help the ball to come on to the bat nicely. We will see lot of runs. The new ball bowlers might give problems in the first couple of overs if the bowl in the right areas but this is a pitch made for runs. Indian pacers – Saini and Bumrah – will get nice carry.” – Sunil Gavaskar and Murali Kartik
STAT: Average first innings score in Pune is 174
“He (Rohit) makes it look so easy and I’ve always batted with Shikhar, especially at the start of my Test career, and we understand each other well. I just enjoy batting with both of them” –
KL Rahul after Indore victory
Hello and welcome to the live coverage of third T20I between India and Sri Lanka in Pune.
To go with a winning combination or give much needed game time to Sanju Samson and Manish Pandey? That is the dilemma India are facing ahead of the third and final T20I against Sri Lanka on Friday.
An inexperienced Sri Lanka was no match for India in Indore and considering that, a case could be made for the inclusion of Pandey and Samson. Pandey has played just one in the last three series, including the current one, while Samson is yet to get a game since he made a comeback with the Bangladesh series in November.
On the other hand, the absence of senior pacers has opened the doors for Shardul Thakur and Navdeep Saini to make an impression, which they did in the previous game by sharing five wickets among themselves.
Washington Sundar and Shivam Dube, who took the injured Hardik Pandya’s place, have got significant opportunities to show what they are capable of.
After the win in Indore, skipper Virat Kohli spoke on how his team is getting better with each passing game.
Focus will also be on Shikhar Dhawan, who is competing for the second opener’s slot alongside KL Rahul. At the moment, Rahul seems ahead in the race to partner Rohit Sharma in Australia.
Jasprit Bumrah did not have the best of outings in his comeback game on Tuesday and he will be raring to go full tilt in the final game.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, have a lot to work on if they are to trouble the home team. The batsmen will have to make it count after getting starts, which they were not able to do in the second T20.
All-rounder Isuru Udana being ruled out of the game is also a setback. Their main bowler, as put by skipper Lasith Malinga, did not bowl in Indore after injuring himself during warm-up.
The Sri Lankans can definitely do with some experience in the batting department.