Sri Lanka need to fix bowling woes
- Sri Lanka have struggled to stop partnerships from India
- India could make changes for dead rubber game
India have been ruthless in the two matches so far and that is likely to continue in Thiruvananthapuram for the third and final ODI. The conditions could make this one more favourable to the chasing team, but expect India to dominate either way. India are favourites to win with odds of 1.20.
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Sri Lanka have pushed India at the backend of both matches but will need to step up earlier in the game to stand a chance against this Indian line-up. They have odds of 4.44 to win the third ODI.
Indian domination continues
India’s extraordinary head to head record against Sri Lanka in ODIs gets further inflated after this series. They have already won all but one of the ODIs at home against Sri Lanka in the last 13 years. Overall, India have won 95 games as against Sri Lanka’s 57. With just 12 losses against the neighbours at home, India boast of a spectacular record that could well see this series end 3-0 in favour of the home side.
Our pick: India remain a dominant side and in Thiruvananthapuram could be backed to win big with the bowling attack posing a major threat. Back India at 1.20 to win this one!
India are likely to rest a couple of big guys for this match and Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya are two likely candidates. However, that is unlikely to affect the final result because of the conditions at this venue that favour new ball bowlers, which India have in plenty.
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Mohammed Siraj should enjoy the new ball help that Thiruvananthapuram is likely to provide. The seamer has been superb in the past one year for India and can be backed to do well this match.
Nuwanidu Fernando showed impressive temperament with the bat on his debut and Sri Lanka will need more of that from him in this game to survive India’s new ball spell.