The third Twenty20 International (T20I) SL vs IND will be played on Thursday (January 5) at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot.
India played well in the first T20I, winning by a slim margin of two runs. Their performance in the second game, on the other hand, was forgettable, as they failed in every category. With the series tied at one game apiece, the attention is now on the decisive game on January 7 in Rajkot. Check out the pitch report from the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, as well as India’s record in Rajkot, below.
India fell to Sri Lanka by 16 runs in the second Twenty20 International at Pune. Thanks to a few significant contributions, Sri Lanka scored 206 runs while batting first. Charith Asalanka (37), Kusal Mendis (52), and skipper Dasun Shanaka (56), all scored to assist their squad to defeat the Indians.
India’s reaction fell short of their objective, with just 190 runs scored in their allocated 20 overs. To keep the Indians in the game, Suryakumar Yadav struck 51 (36), while Axar Patel scored 65 (31). They were, however, outscored by 16 runs. The series is now tied at 1-1, and the final will be played in Rajkot.
Pitch Report SL vs IND
Even if it’s claimed that the SCA stadium’s surface can accommodate a lot of runs, good bowling can limit the flow of runs. Long recognised as one of the best-hitting surfaces in the country, the pitch. It’s rather flat and provides little to no aid to bowlers, pacers or spinners.
Yuzvendra Chahal is one player who has had some success at the venue in the past, and the leg-spinner will try to rediscover his form on Saturday. The Indian team may think of deploying Washington Sundar in an effort to disturb the Sri Lankan batting and having an additional hitter down the order, even if it isn’t expected that the surface would be extremely favourable to seamers.
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India’s Rajkot Record
India has won three and lost one Twenty20 Internationals at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot.
SCA Stadium T20I Stats and Record
India Won: 3
Visiting Team Won: 1
Matches Won Batting 1st: 2
Matches Won Batting 2nd: 2
Highest Team Total: 202/4 by India vs Australia in 2013
Lowest Team Total: 87 All Out by South Africa vs India in 2022
Average 1st Innings Score: 179
Average 2nd Innings Score: 149
Highest Successful Chase: 202/4 by India vs Australia in 2013
Lowest Total Defended: 196/2 by New Zealand vs India in 2017
ALL | Axar Patel IND
In the first game, he scored 31 runs off 20 deliveries, contributing to India’s total of 162 runs. He was crucial with the bat and ball in the previous game. Axar took two wickets for 24 runs in four overs before scoring 65 runs off 31 deliveries.
WK | Kusal Mendis SL
In the previous game, he scored 52 runs off 31 deliveries and contributed 80 runs for the first wicket with Pathum Nissanka. Sri Lanka will be looking for a similar start from him in this encounter.
ALL | Wanindu Hasaranga SL
The 25-year-old all-rounder is placed first in the ICC T20I rankings. So far, he has grabbed two wickets at an economy of nine
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