Four days prior, it seemed pointless from a sporting standpoint for India and Sri Lanka to begin a T20I series during a 50-over World Cup year. But after two closely contested games evened the series, Saturday's finale might be a fascinating set-up for the ODIs that will follow.
India and Sri Lanka will square off in the third and final T20I of the series on January 7 (Saturday) at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Gujarat with the series tied at one all. At 7:00 PM IST (Indian Standard Time), the third and final T20I in the series between India and Sri Lanka will begin. After posting a massive total for the hosts to chase in a thrilling second T20I, Sri Lanka defeated India.
The Sri Lankan batters put on a strong performance in the second T20I, batting first, after failing to successfully chase an average total of 164 runs in the first T20I. With an opening stand of 80 runs, Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Mendis gave the team the perfect start. Charith Asalanka and later, captain Dasun Shanaka's bold innings of 56 from 22 helped Sri Lanka reach a staggering total of 206 runs.
Indian bowlers gave up runs at an incredible rate after brilliantly containing Sri Lanka in the first T20I before they reached the target, conceded runs in awesome flow in the second T20I. The abundance of runs continued to leak despite Umran Malik's speedster ability to take three crucial wickets at pivotal times in the game. Additionally, during the second T20I, India offered up to seven no balls, of which five were bowled by Arshdeep Singh alone.
The Indian top order, including captain Hardik Pandya, collapsed early in the second T20I's massive chase. The middle overs of the match were saved by a partnership between Suryakumar Yadav and Axar Patel, though, which helped to keep the game close. Recently, Axar Patel has done a good job of solidifying his place in the team. He also put on a standout performance with both bat and ball in the second T20I. The crowds still thought that Axar Patel would cross the finish line quickly as he broke 65 off 31.
Sri Lanka corrected all of the errors made in the second T20I, but host India still has a lot of work to do in the bowling department before the third and final decider game on Saturday.
IND vs SL Match Details
When and Where the IND vs SL match takes place?
On January 7, Saturday, at 7:00 PM IST, the third T20I between India and Sri Lanka will take place at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Gujarat. The coin toss will start at 6:30 PM IST.
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