The India vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI match will be played at Thiruvananthapuram on January 15. India has already wrapped up the series with a close 4-wicket victory at Eden Gardens, Kolkata and will now be looking for a clean sweep over their southern neighbors. The team management is expected to rest a few key players in the final ODI of the Sri Lanka series to keep them fresh for the upcoming New Zealand T20I series.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka will be desperate to notch up a win against India to salvage some pride. Although the India vs Sri Lanka ODI series is inconsequential in terms of Super League points, a victory over India would do the Lankan confidence a world of good.
It is highly expected that the Indian team management would not ring too many changes in their batting lineup. However, keeping in mind the long season ahead, a few key bowlers could be rested. There are high chances that Umran Malik and Kuldeep Yadav might be rested. Arshdeep Singh and Yuzvendra Chahal might be included in the playing 11 of the final ODI.
India vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI: Expected Pitch Condition in Thiruvananthapuram
The Thiruvananthapuram pitch and conditions usually provide an even contest between the bat and the ball. The conditions are expected to be a bit cloudy which would assist the seamers. The batsmen will enjoy the shorter boundaries. Heavy dew is expected in the evening which will make chasing after winning the toss a preferable decision for any skipper.
India vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI: Expected Playing 11
With a long season ahead of them, the Indian team management might rest a few key players, especially in the bowling department. Arshdeep Singh and Yuzvendra Chahal might get a game while Umran Malik and Kuldeep Yadav can be rested.
India: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Mohammed Shami/Mohammed Siraj, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh, Kuldeep Yadav/Yuzvendra Chahal
Sri Lanka will be looking for a morale-boosting victory over India in the final ODI of the series. It means they are expected to go in with the same playing 11, provided Nissanka has recovered from his stiff back. If it happens, then he gets slotted at the top with Nuwanidu Fernando.
Sri Lanka: Nuwanidu Fernando, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis (wk), Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dunith Wellalage, Lahiru Kumara, Kasun Rajitha
India vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI: Dream 11 and Fantasy Team
Rohit Sharma (Bat), Nuwanidu Fernando (Bat), Virat Kohli (Bat), Shreyas Iyer (Bat), Kusal Mendis (Wk), KL Rahul (Wk), Dasun Shanaka (All), Hardik Pandya (All), Mohammad Siraj (Bowl), Lahiru Kumara (Bowl), Umran Malik/Arshdeep Singh (Bowl)