India vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI: Rohit Sharma’s Team India established a 2-0 lead in the three-match One-Day International series after a 67-run victory in the first ODI and a 4-wicket victory in the second ODI over Dasun Shanaka’s Sri Lanka.
India won the last match and sealed the series, KL Rahul got a few runs and play the leading role in the 2nd ODI, which will support him in gaining confidence. The Indian bowling was a crucial component in Sri Lanka’s failure in the first two ODIs, particularly in the middle overs. A wrist spinner with an energetic gun pacer in the middle regularly picks off wickets and causes significant issues for the visitors.
Umran Malik is something that India never had in the history of Indian cricket ‘RAW PACE’. He has become India’s fastest bowler in IPL, T20 internationals, and now in ODI’s as well. He can be expensive and he will be expensive with the areas he bowls but if he picks up 2-3 wickets in every game with coinciding 60 runs in 8 to 10 overs, we can take it.
Now, India and Sri Lanka will meet at Greenfield International Stadium, where they are scheduled to play the 3rd ODI of the series. The Indian team would definitely like to carry the momentum and end the series with a 3-0 white-wash there.
Let’s check the weather forecast and Pitch report of Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram. ‘Will rain interrupt the game?
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India vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI: Weather Forecast
India vs Sri Lanka | 3rd ODI of Sri Lanka tour of India 2023 will take place on January 15 (Sunday) at Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram, India. The match begins at 1:30 PM IST.
According to weather.com, on January 15 (Sunday) the temperature of India’s Thiruvananthapuram city will peak at 31° Celsius during the day and drop to 23° Celsius at night. Clouds may float over the heads but won’t fully cover the sky. The chance of rain is 2% during the day and 3% at night. The humidity will be 64% during the day and increase to 79% at night. Winds will move towards the Northeast and Southwest at a speed of 5-10 kph
India vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI: Pitch Report
So far, Greenfield International Stadium of Thiruvananthapuram has been a nightmare for batters, while bowlers have dominated. Last year, South Africa and India played a T20I match at this stadium, which was totally dominated by both teams’ bowlers.
This venue has only hosted one ODI game, which was held in 2018 between India and the West Indies. West Indies lost that game after being bowled out for only 104 runs. The pacers will be able to swing the ball in the first few overs, and as the surface becomes slower later on, both sides’ spinners will come into action.
The boundaries of the stadium are not that huge, and the batters can play their shots after getting their eyes set.
India vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI: Who will win the 3rd ODI?
Sri Lanka continues to struggle in this series, they are well short of playing at their best. The Greenfield International Stadium pitch may be even worse for Dasun Shanaka’s team, who are already in a terrible stretch of form. The toss can be quite important when considering “the due factor,” as teams will prefer to chase the target since it is much easier to do so than to set the target on the board.
Considering the previous record, if India bat first and manage to set a 250+ score, Sri Lanka is going to lose this one too. And anything less than that could be trouble for India as we can’t underestimate any opponent on the International stage.
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