While India led by Shikhar Dhawan won the first game by seven wickets, Deepak Chahar made a robbery in the second with his 69 unbeaten in which he won the match, as the visitors won by three wickets.
Now, it remains to be seen whether India will follow up with Prithvi Shaw, who scored 43 and 13, to accompany the patron at the top, or go for the stylish Devdutt Padikkal or an equally stylish one. Ruturaj Gaikwad – Both excellent players from List A.
If Shaw gets another chance, he would be more than interested in getting a big score as he failed to convert his start in game one.
Another dilemma for the team management would be whether to persist with the aggressive Ishan Kishan or to give the opportunity to Sanju samson, another hard hitter, to make his ODI debut.
The likes of Manish pandey and always improving Suryakumar Yadav they are sure to hold their spots as the duo is the middle order backbone.
With Vice Captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar making it clear that there are no fitness issues with Hardik Pandya, the flamboyant Baroda player and his brother the off-roader Krunal are expected to play.
There are times when all players do not want to rest and play every match, but the team management should take into account the workload of the bowlers, as they are playing six games in just 12 days in the humid conditions of Sri Lanka.
In the previous two games, Indian bowlers managed to contain Sri Lanka’s inexperienced batting lineup and got things out.
While Bhuvneshwar could continue to lead the charge, it remains to be seen whether the team’s leadership opts for the young Navdeep Saini or the impressive capless pacemaker Chetan Sakariya over the hero of the last game, Deepak Chahar, who has been exceptional with his knuckles. .
But Chahar, who has now shown that he can hit, is also a key player in the T20 configured, and therefore could rest, with the three shorter-form games lined up.
The spinning duo of Kuldeep Yadav (2/48 and 0/55) and Yuzvendra chahal (2/52 and 3/50) did quite well in the first two games. But with the likes of Krishnappa Gowtham and the talented Rahul Chahar waiting behind the scenes, it will be difficult to decide who to play.
With the series already in the bag, the team can rest ‘Kulcha’ and play youngsters, with Krunal as the third spinner.
For Sri Lanka, a victory in the final game would do wonders for their confidence after almost achieving a victory in the second game.
Starter Avishka Fernando has been between runs, but needs the support of the other hitters.
A good start for skipper Dasun Shanaka, Minod Bhanuka, Dhananjaya de Silva and others would not only help the team, but also themselves in the race ahead.
Sri Lanka’s coach Mickey Arthur’s anger and disappointment were very visible in the last game, but he needs to reinforce his players, especially his bowlers.
For Sri Lanka, the performance of leggie Wanindu Hasaranga, who chose three fields in the last game, would also be crucial.
India: Shikhar Dhawan (captain), Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Nitish Rana, Ishan Kishan, Sanju Samson, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Krishnappa Gowtham, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakaravarthy, Rahul Chahar, Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Chetan Sakariya, Navdeep Saini
Sri Lanka: Dasun Shanaka (captain), Dhananjaya De Silva, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Ashen Bandara, Minod Bhanuka, Lahiru Udara, Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Lakshan Sandakan, Akila Dhananjaya, Shiran Fernando, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Ishan Jayaratnehare, Ishan Jayaratnehare, Pramavehan, Jayaratneharehan, Pramavehan, Jayaratneharehan, Pramavehan, Jayaratneharehan Udana