Match day, morning: Video analyst to Virat Kohli. Skippah, I have transferred Dananjaya’s bowling videos to all members of the team as discussed. Virat acknowledges the effort and orders his boys to have a close look at the videos as the team bus leaves the hotel.
When: Sunday, 27 August at 2:30 PM Local Time
Where: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
What to expect: The wicket was slightly on the slower side for the second game and the spinners had a big role to play. A similar pitch is likely to be on offer for this game. Thunderstorms have been forecast for the evening, which could lead to a curtailed game.
Sri Lanka: Chamara Kapugedera has been handed the captaincy duties in the absence of Upul Tharanga. Chandimal is likely to bat at No. 4 while Thirimanne will open in the place of the injured Gunathilaka.
Probable XI: Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Milinda Siriwardana, Chamara Kapugedera (c), Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando, Lasith Malinga
India: Hardik Pandya suffered cramps in the previous game but he is expected to be fit for the match. The visitors could stick to the same side in an attempt to seal the series before making changes to the eleven. They could, however, revert to the original batting order.
Probable XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal