3rd ODI: India vs Sri Lanka | Fantasy Tips and Teams

image-lcvl2h85India vs Sri Lanka (Source: AP Newsroom)

The third ODI of Sri Lanka's tour of India 2023 will be played at the Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvanthapuram. The match is scheduled on Sunday, 16th January 2023. It will begin on 1:30 PM IST. 

India have already clinched the series with two relatively comfortable wins in the first two matches. Now, the action shifts from Eastern India to the Southern parts. In their preparation for the 2023 One Day World Cup, India will look to test out some of their players in the final ODI.

Sri Lanka on the other hand will try and prevent a white wash. It will be battle of prestidge for the visitors. 

Ground Stats: Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvanthapuram

Run scoring at the Greenfield International Stadium will be difficult especially in the first innings. History shows that the ball comes better onto the bat as the game progresses. As it is a day/night game, the spinners might dominate the proceedings in the first-half of the match. 

Only ODI has been played till date at the venue. The records from that match and the three T20I played here gives us an idea about the playing conditions. We can say that the spinners will have a pretty big say in the fate of this match. 

ODI Records at the ground 

Total Matches: 1

Matches won batting first: 0

Matches won batting second: 1

Average Score batting first: 104

Average Score batting second: 105

Average runs scored per over: 4.48

Average runs scored per wicket: 19

India vs Sri Lanka, Third ODI : Probable Playing XIs

India Team News

India might looks to rest a few players from the playing XI of the last match.

India Probable Playing XI

Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Axar Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Washington Sundar, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav

Sri Lanka Team News

No major updates

Sri Lanka Probable Playing XI

Avishka Fernando, Nuwanidu Fernando, Kusal Mendis (wk), Ashen Bhandara, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Jeff Vandersay, Chamika Karunaratne, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara

Key Facts to Be Kept in Mind

  1. Rohit Sharma scored a half-century at the venue the last time he played.
  2. The Indian spinners picked up 5 wickets for 52 runs in 14.5 overs in the first innings of the last match that was played here. 
  3. Sri Lanka scored 67 runs losing five wickets in 15 overs to the Indian spinners in the second ODI of the series
  4. Virat Kohli has an average of 58.5 in the series. 
  5. Dasun Shanaka is the highest run-scorer for Sri Lanka in this series with 110 runs in two matches

Expert's Tips

The pitch at the Greenfield International Stadium will favor the spinner in the first innings. Wait for the toss and then take more spinners from the team bowling first  could be the best idea for the fantasy contests of the match.

Team 1: For Head-to-Head contests (Cricket Exchange Fantasy App)

Wicketkeepers: KL Rahul, Kusal Mendis

Batters: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Dasun Shanaka, Nuwanidu Fernando

All-rounders: Washington Sundar, Axar Patel

Bowlers: Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Chamika Karunaratne

Captain: Virat Kohli
Vice-captain: Dasun Shanaka

Team 2: For Winner takes all contests (Cricket Exchange Fantasy App)

Wicketkeepers: KL Rahul, Kusal Mendis

Batters: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Dasun Shanaka, Nuwanidu Fernando

All-rounders: Axar Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga

Bowlers: Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Kasun Rajitha

Captain: Axar Patel
Vice-captain: Rohit Sharma

X-Factor Pick

Axar Patel

Axar Patel could be the game changer in this match. Besides having all-round abilities, his bowling in particular could turn out to be crucial for India in the match if he plays.

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