India vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20 Highlights – 7 Jan 2023

Dasun Shanaka:

Before coming here, I was not in top form, but I am very happy with my own performance. The way the boys played the tournament, there were a lot of positives. The players have improved a lot. Good to see them playing well. [Not bowling enough] Coming into the series, I had an injury, so I did not bowl enough. Hopefully, will bowl more in the ODIs. [Batting] I want to keep the boys relaxed on the field, but while batting it is a different game. He congratulates Suryakumar for his innings as well.

Hardik Pandya:

[On Surya] He has been surprising everyone and making everyone know that batting is very easy. If I am a bowler, I will be disheartened by the shot he plays. He has played blinders after blinders. Special mention to Rahul Tripathi as well, who played so well with the ball moving. Don’t need to tell much to Sky, whenever he finds a situation when he is not sure, we try to find a solution. More often than not he has been doing it all on his own. Very proud of Axar. This series will give him a lot of confidence. It adds a lot of value to the team as well. My motto is to back my players. These are the best Indian cricketers in the T20 format, and there is no place in international cricket for doubting. The way we played, I was very happy. The way we competed, it was heartening to see. On our day, we will pull it back and keep winning.

Suryakumar Yadav is named Player of the Match:

It is really important to put pressure on yourself when you are preparing for the game. The more pressure you put in, the better you can play. There is a lot of hard work involved. Some quality practice sessions are also involved. The boundaries behind were 59-60m, so I tried to clear them. There are a few shots that are pre-determined but you have to be ready for other strokes as well. Most of the time, I try to find the gap, and use the field to my advantage, Dravid lets me enjoy, and tells me to express myself.

Axar Patel is the Player of the Series:

I enjoy my batting and feel happy when I perform with the bat. The captain gave me a lot of confidence and I think that is working my way. The planning is there, but I can’t look to contain the batters. My mindset is to take wickets at all times.

Pitch and Weather: The Rajkot pitch is often compared to the adjacent national highway, so be ready for another run-fest. The teams will be looking to bowl first after winning the toss as this venue favors the chasing team. It’s expected to be a cool evening with clear skies; the temperature should be around 17°C.

India vs Sri Lanka Highlights today. 3rd T20I (N), Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot, Saturday 7-1-2023, Sri Lanka tour of India 2023.

Toss: India will bat first.

“It looks like a good batting wicket. I think it is cold and we might get some swing at night. We made mistakes, but even when we were not at our best, we competed,” says Pandya.
“We would have looked to bat first as well. We changed the approach, we talked about positive things,” says Shanaka. “He confirms the change, stating that Avishka has been in good form in the recently-concluded LPL.

India team: Ishan Kishan (wk), Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Rahul Tripathi, Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya (capt), Axar Patel, Umran Malik, Shivam Mavi, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh.
Sri Lanka team: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Avishka Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (capt), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Dilshan Madushanka.

Head to Head In Test’s: 28
India Won: 18
Sri Lanka Won: 9
India Test Rankings: 1st
Sri Lanka Test Rankings: 8th

Form guide

(Last five completed matches, most recent first)
India LWTWL
Sri Lanka WLLWL

Match Timings: 1:30 PM GMT | 7:00 PM Local
Umpires – Jayaraman Madanagopal, Nitin Menon
TV Umpire – Anil Chaudhary
Match Referee – Javagal Srinath
Reserve Umpire – Rohan Pandit
Match number – T20I no. 1986

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