Visitors on the cusp of historic series win
- Sri Lanka beat India in the second T20I to draw level in the series.
- Batting has been a major concern for India in the series.
India have odds of 1.38 to beat Sri Lanka in the final T20I and seal a series win, but if we learnt anything from the Mumbai and Pune games, it is that this Sri Lankan unit knows to push their opponents to the hilt. A win won’t come easy for the hosts.
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Sri Lanka produced a brilliant all-round display in Pune to draw level in the series and with India’s bowling looking insipid, the visitors are eyeing a historic series win. They have odds of 2.96 to pull off a memorable heist.
Sri Lanka in with a rare chance
Sri Lanka haven’t beaten India in a bilateral series in any format in India and this could be their chance. The head to head record in T20Is is heavily in India’s favour with 18 wins in 28 matches. However, Sri Lanka have a quality unit while India are missing big names and with the series already level, it’s not beyond Sri Lanka to win another one on Saturday.
Our Pick: India are missing key players and the big ones are out of form giving Sri Lanka the edge. Back Sri Lanka at 2.96 odds to win the match.
India’s bowling is a major concern as is their top-order batting where runs haven’t come in plenty. Sri Lanka have been superb with the new ball, compounding India’s task.
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Hardik Pandya the skipper has to step up if India is to beat a spirited Lanka side. Hardik could consider batting higher up the order to anchor the batting line-up.
Kasun Rajitha was impressive with the new ball in Pune and that could continue in Rajkot where the new ball can move around. He will be up against a fairly ordinary top-order, making Rajitha a key bowler for Sri Lanka.