India already won the three-match series after winning first two T20Is comprehensively
Beleaguered Sri Lanka will be eager to celebrate their farewell match in style as they will take on India in the final match of the three-T20I series in Mumbai on Sunday.
When the series started, it was feared that India will run away with the show against a Sri Lanka team who didn’t had much to offer in the contests in the recent past.
And those fears came true on more than one occasions, and both times it was the Rohit Sharma’s show – once in the ODI series and then in the last T20I.
Come Sunday, Sri Lanka will be hoping to stop the ‘hitman’ Rohit as they call him, and make sure to put some serious fight in the contest.
Even though there were not many positives to take from the second T20I thrashing, but left-handed Kusal Perera’s blistering knock showed the way for the visitors from which they can take some inspiration in the dead-rubber.
In the bowling department, however, it is obvious that the team is struggling big time, and with veteran all-rounder Angelo Mathews, who was the Islanders’ most economical bowler by a margin in the second T20I sidelined for two week, the problems are getting bigger for Thisara Perera and the team management, and so far it does not look like they have any viable solutions.
For Team India, things look as good as they could’ve been after two thumping victories in the series.
In the batting department, the team management will be hoping that stand-in captain Sharma and his young opening partner KL Rahul will continue to deliver, just like they did in the last two matches, whereas wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni will be once again given the responsibility to provide big finish in the final part of the innings.
With series in the bag already, there are chances that the Men in Blue will experiment in the bowling department which means young Washington Sundar and Basil Thampi might get a game under their belt.
The pitch is expected to produce a lot of runs, whereas the weather is expected to stay fine throughout.