SL vs IND: India squares off against Sri Lanka in the third and final T20 International today at the R. Premadasa stadium in Colombo. The match is scheduled to start at 2000 hrs. The series is level 1-1 as the host side won a thriller last night in a low-scoring affair.
The weather is once again expected to be partly cloudy throughout the day. However, the probability of rain is just 15 %. The temperature will be in the range of 26–28 degrees Celsius. Winds will be very light with and it is another warm day. The humidity will be high as usual in the Sri Lankan capital at 81 %.
There was light drizzle yesterday in the closing stages of the game. Chances of rain today are slim and we can expect a full game.
Brief Scorecard: India 132-5 in 20.0 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 42, Ruturaj Gaikwad 21, Devdutt Padikkal 29, Dushmantha Chameera 1-23, Akila Dananjaya 2-29) lost to Sri Lanka by 4 Wickets (Minod Bhanuka 36, Dhananjaya de Silva 40, Varun Chakravarthy 1-18, Kuldeep Yadav 2-20)
India went into the game with a much-depleted side as Krunal Pandya contracted Covid and several players went into isolation. They and had to field their net bowlers in the starting XI, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar batting as high as no.6.
Dhawan, Gaikwad, and Padikkal played cautiously and provided a decent start on a sluggish pitch. India was 94-2 by the end of the 15th over. However, things just went downhill from that point and they finished with a below-par score of 132.
In reply, Sri Lanka kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Indian spinners bowled really well and did not allow any freebies. Minod Bhanuka provided some momentum in the middle overs. Dhananjaya de Silva played a responsible knock and with the help of cameos from Hasaranga and Karunaratne, Sri Lanka got over the line in the final over.
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