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India Vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI, match preview: Optimistic Lanka waylays to script history in Visakhapatnam where the series decider will be played on December 17. Although it appears to be an uphill task for the islanders, dream of winning a series against India in India for the first time could spur them do something magical. If they really want to make their dream come true, it would take them more than just a good performance it has to be their day like it was in Dharamsala where they recorded an unpredictable 7-wicket victory with 29 overs to spare.
On the back of a couple of wonderful performances, Lanka has removed the tag of underdog that they came up with on this Indian tour. Now ahead of India Vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI, they will have the burden of expectations on their shoulders. And this is what can put them under pressure in the decider. The series is level 1-1 now and both teams will be eyeing to convert it into a series win. You would hardly be doubtful of India's potential to do it as their hunger to win seems endless the way they are playing.
While the visitors were hoping another stellar ahead of the second game in Mohali, India as expected rebounded from the setback. Despite a nightmarish start to the series, India was never under suspicion to bounce back. Although without their regular skipper Kohl, the well met up with the expectations on the strength of Rohit Sharma's astounding 208-run knock. Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer, too, contributed with bat scoring 68 and 88 respectively.
India's playing XI for the 3rd ODI against Lanka can hardly see any change in the top and middle order. Ajinkya Rahane could again miss a spot in the playing eleven. As the series is level 1-1 now, there is no room to make experiments with the pace department. Bumrah and Buvneshwar will be the first choice to shoulder the pace attack. Hardik is likely to play the role of the third pacer. However, the captain can be a bit experimental choosing second spinner alongside Yuzvendra Chahal.
Top-order is not a problem for India. However, what can prick them is the susceptible middle-order, which got brutally exposed in the opener of the series. MS Dhoni is well used to handling the daunting situations in the lower-middle order. In the bowling department, a lot will rest on the pace duo of Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah. Yuzvendra Chahal and whosoever is paired with him as the second spinner will be shouldered the responsibility to keep a tight rein on the Lankan batsmen in the middle overs. And India's spin attack is capable enough to deliver the promise, particularly at home.
India's playing XI for the 3rd ODI against Lanka could be as: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Can Sri Lanka create history in the decider winning a series in India for the first time?