The last and decisive match of the three-match T20I series between the Indian team and Sri Lanka (IND vs SL) will be played on January 7 at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot. 

Let us tell you that in the series (IND vs SL), both the teams are running at 1-1. In the second T20I match, the Indian team had to face defeat by 16 runs. In such a situation, the last match is going to be very important for both the teams. Hardik Pandya can be seen making changes in the playing 11 in the third match after the defeat in the second T20I match.

IND vs SL 3rd T20I: Hardik Pandya can take the field with this playing-XI

1. These players will start the innings

In the third T20I match (IND vs SL 3rd T20I), Rituraj Gaikwad can be seen opening the innings along with Indian team opener Ishan Kishan. Please tell that Shubman Gill made his international debut in the first T20I match against Sri Lanka.

But he was seen struggling to score runs in both the T20I matches. Gill quickly returned to the pavilion after scoring 7 runs in the first T20I, and only 5 runs in the second. In such a situation, it is being speculated that Gill can be dropped in the third T20I match. Rituraj Gaikwad can be given a chance in his place.

2. This could be the middle order of the team

If we talk about the middle order of the Indian team, then it is believed that Suryakumar Yadav, Rahul Tripathi, Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya will play in the third T20I match. Surya’s bat was seen spewing fire in the second T20I match. He had scored a quick half-century.

Although Hardik and Deepak played brilliant innings in the first T20I match. But in the second match, he got out early. Also, Rahul Tripathi hit some big shots in the debut match, so he may get a chance to play in the third T20I match.

3. These players will play the role of match finisher

Star all-rounder Akshar Patel can be seen playing the role of match finisher. In the second T20I match, he handled Team India’s innings in difficult times and scored a quick half-century. It was his first half-century of T20I, facing 20 balls, he scored Fifty and broke the record of many players including Ravindra Jadeja.

Akshar played a stormy inning of 65 runs in 31 balls. Apart from this, Shivam Mavi finally scored 26 runs in 15 balls in the second T20I match, which included 2 sixes and 2 fours. In such a situation, both these players can play the role of match finisher in the third T20I match.

4. Bowling section will remain like this

If we talk about the bowling section, then young bowler Umran Malik can lead the fast bowling unit in the third T20I match. At the same time, Harshal Patel may return in the third T20I. Arshdeep Singh may be benched due to a flurry of no-balls in the second T20I match.

Apart from this, Shivam Mavi will be seen supporting Umran Malik. At the same time, Yuzvendra Chahal and Akshar Patel are responsible for the spin section. Deepak Hooda can also help these two.

IND vs SL 3rd T20I:

This could be India’s possible playing XI –

Ishan Kishan (wk), Rituraj Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav, Rahul Tripathi, Hardik Pandya, Deepak Hooda, Akshar Patel, Shivam Mavi, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umran Malik


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