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India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd T20I Match at Pune, Highlights: As It Happened

Catch all the live cricket score from 3rd T20I between India and Sri Lanka through our live blog. | January 10, 2020, 22:11 IST
India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd T20I Match at Pune, Highlights: As It Happened
India vs Sri Lanka, Live Cricket Score, 3rd T20I Latest Updates: WICKET! Saini bowls it short into the body of Lasith Malinga who tries to slog but Virat Kohli won't drop those at mid on. SL are all out for 123 and India win by 78 runs and take the series 2-0.

Will India look to test their bench strength in the third and final Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka, or still to their winning combination? That will be the focus in the lead up to Friday's game in Pune. The short three-match series was shortened even further with rain washing out the Guwahati T20I. India won the second match in Indore in a convincing fashion, leaving only one match in the series.
Jan 10, 2020 22:11 (IST)

WICKET! Saini bowls it short into the body of Lasith Malinga who tries to slog but Virat Kohli won't drop those at mid on. SL are all out for 123 and India win by 78 runs and take the series 2-0. 

Jan 10, 2020 22:07 (IST)

WICKET! Dhananjaya looks to go over point and the extra pace of Saini takes it into the hands of Jasprit Bumrah. Dhananjaya goes for 57. India are one wicket away. 

Jan 10, 2020 22:04 (IST)

WICKET! Stumped! Sundar delays the release and Samson completes an easy stumping of Lakshan Sandakan who stepped out looking to go big! SL are 118/8 and slipping to defeat very fast. 

Jan 10, 2020 22:00 (IST)

What a series Shardul Thakur is having. Fantastic over once again with the ball and at a time when India needed a wicket. Chahal helped him out with some good fielding too. SL are 111/7 after 14 overs. 

Jan 10, 2020 21:59 (IST)

WICKET! Chahal has done it with the ball but by getting a direct hit at the bowlers end from the deep. Wanindu Hasaranga is run out for 0. SL are 7 down and in deep deep trouble.

Jan 10, 2020 21:57 (IST)

WICKET! Kohli turns to Shardul Thakur and he has responded immediately. Catches Shanaka high on the bat and it loops up for an easy caught and bowled. SL are 6 down. 

Jan 10, 2020 21:53 (IST)

Another expensive over from Chahal and he has not had a good outing. Dasun Shanaka ends it with a single after having clubbed him over long on for a SIX! Before that Dhananjaya smashed him over his head for a boundary too. SL are 109/5 after 13 overs. 

Jan 10, 2020 21:49 (IST)

Sundar completes the over without too much trouble. Just the two runs after the wicket and the pressure is back on Sri Lanka after they lost Mathews. SL are 96/5 after 12 overs. 

Jan 10, 2020 21:47 (IST)

WICKET! Angelo Mathews first hammers Sundar over long on for a six and then Sundar slows it down and bowls it slightly wider. Mathews goes big and the long on fielder Manish Pandey takes a brilliant running catch. SL are 94/5. 

Jan 10, 2020 21:45 (IST)

Kohli brings Saini back into the attack and he bowls a loosner to start with which Dhananjaya smashes straight back for four. Later directs him to third man by using the pace to make it a 10 run over with two boundaries. 

Jan 10, 2020 21:40 (IST)

Another good over for Sri Lanka with Angelo Mathews and Dhananjaya finding the fence and going over it a few times in the last two overs. 11 off the Chahal over after the six started it off. SL are looking to build and are 78/4 after 10 overs.

Jan 10, 2020 21:38 (IST)

SIX! Now Dhananjaya's gone big against Chahal and has gone long off unlike Mathews. Huge hit and SL are starting to pick up the momentum a little. 

Jan 10, 2020 21:36 (IST)

Huge over for Sri Lanka as Mathews ends it with another SIX! Lofts it over the long on fielder for the second maximum of the over. Dhananjaya also picked up a streaky boundary, making it a fruitful 19 run over for them. SL are 67/4 after 9 overs.

Jan 10, 2020 21:33 (IST)

SIX! Mathews gets it in his arch again and Sundar is sent a few rows back in the ground. SL need more this. 

Jan 10, 2020 21:31 (IST)

Dhananjaya cuts Yuzvendra Chahal hard through point to welcome him to the attack and along with Mathews just rotate the strike after that to make it a 9 run over. SL are 48/4. 

Jan 10, 2020 21:28 (IST)

We have spin from India for the first time with Washington Sundar. Good over from him as he keeps the batsmen from getting away. Mathews and Dhananjaya can only add four runs to take the score to 39/4 after 7. 

Jan 10, 2020 21:25 (IST)

Saini gets picked off for two boundaries, first through point and then through midwicket in style by the new man Dhananjaya de Silva. But the wicket to start the over has pegged SL further back and they are 35/4 after 6 overs. 

Jan 10, 2020 21:20 (IST)

WICKET! Now Navdeep Saini has joined the party! Yorker and that's knocked over the stumps. India get wicket number 4 as Kusal Perera is dismissed. 

Jan 10, 2020 21:18 (IST)

Better over for Sri Lanka as they can pick up 11 runs from the Shardul Thakur over. Two boundaries, one over mid on for Kusal Perera and one to midwicket for Angelo Mathews gives the visitors some breathing space. SL are 26/3 after 5 overs.

Jan 10, 2020 21:16 (IST)
Jan 10, 2020 21:13 (IST)

Maiden over for Bumrah with Sri Lanka three down in their chase. SL are 15/3 after 4 and staring down the barrel. 

Jan 10, 2020 21:09 (IST)

WICKET! Bumrah appeals for LBW against Kusal Perera, but in the chaos there has been miscommunication between the batsmen and Oshada Fernando is run out by Manish Pandey. SL are 15/3. 

Jan 10, 2020 21:08 (IST)

Good fast first over by Navdeep Saini. He started off with a wide but was quite disciplined after that. Sri Lanka can only take four runs of the over and SL are 15/2 after 3. 

Jan 10, 2020 21:02 (IST)

Fantastic comeback by Shardul Thakur in the over after getting clobbered for a maximum. Absolutely on the money since then and Sri Lanka are 11/2 after the first two overs.

Jan 10, 2020 21:00 (IST)

WICKET! Thakur has the last laugh as Fernando is caught driving in the covers by Shreyas Iyer for 9. Sri lanka are 11/2.

Jan 10, 2020 20:59 (IST)

SIX! Fernando gets it in his arch from Thakur and he has sent a few rows back in the crowd! 

Jan 10, 2020 20:57 (IST)

A couple of singles, a top edged hoick to long on for two, some good fielding at point by Shreyas Iyer and wide was what Bumrah's over looked for the first five deliveries. The he bounced it in short and fast and Gunathilaka could not get over the pull and gave Washington Sundar an easy catch at mid-on. Sri Lanka lose their first and are 5/1.

Jan 10, 2020 20:51 (IST)

Avishka Fernando and Danushka Gunathilaka open the innings for Sri Lanka and Jasprit Bumrah will have a slip in position the left hander. 

Jan 10, 2020 20:51 (IST)

Avishka Fernando and Danushka Gunathilaka open the innings for Sri Lanka and Jasprit Bumrah will have a slip in position the left hander. 

Jan 10, 2020 20:46 (IST)

India managed to finish their innings well and now Virat Kohli will no more nervy moments while on the field. Expect Jasprit Bumrah and Navdeep Saini to come out breathing fire and looking for quick wickets. 

India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd T20I Match at Pune, Highlights: As It Happened
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Given India's dominance in the game and Sri Lanka's struggles with inexperience, the third game could be a good opportunity for India to try out the likes of Manish Pandey and Sanju Samson, who have been trying hard to break into the batting order. India cannot lose the series and might use the chance to test their combinations for the T20 World Cup. The batting order is more or less set, barring the choice at the top of the order between KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan. The left-hander made a 29-ball 32 in the previous match, and it looks like the decision is heading Rahul's way for the future.

India promoted Shreyas Iyer to the top and he made use of the chance with a 26-ball 34. Will India rest him for this game and give one of Pandey or Samson a chance? India have been trying out different combinations in the bowling unit. The absence of senior pacers has opened the doors for Shardul Thakur and Navdeep Saini to make an impression, which they did in the previous game by sharing five wickets among themselves. Saini was the Man of the Match for his brilliant spell of 2 for 18.

The most impressive aspect of Saini's bowling was his change of pace and lengths. He got wickets with a yorker and a sharp bouncer, and also used the slower ball effectively. His fastest ball clocked more than 150 kmph! Jasprit Bumrah did not have the best of outings in his comeback game on Tuesday, conceding 32 runs for one wicket in four overs. However, it wasn't unexpected that he would be rusty given his lengthy period off the game due to back injury. With the nerves sure to have settled, Bumrah will fancy himself to lead the attack once again.

With Sri Lanka having several left-handers, spinners Kuldeep Yadav (2-38) and Washington Sundar (1-29) are likely well retain their place, which effectively means that Ravindra Jadeja and Yuzvendra Chahal will have to sit out. Sri Lanka's batsmen will have to make their starts count, which they were not able to do in the previous game. The top three batsmen crossed 20 but none could make it big, with Kusal Perera's 34 being the highest. Mind you, this was on a good batting pitch in Indore.

Isuru Udana being ruled out of the game after injuring himself during warm-up will also be a setback that Sri Lanka have to cross. They could go in with the experience of Angelo Mathews, who wasn't picked in the previous match. Sri Lanka can take inspiration from the last time they played a T20I in Pune, in 2016. Coming in as underdogs, Sri Lanka bowled India out for 101 before winning comfortably. They'll have to lift their game remarkably to produce an encore.


India: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Shivam Dube, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur, Manish Pandey, Washington Sundar, Sanju Samson.

Sri Lanka: Lasith Malinga (c), D Gunathilaka, A Fernando, A Mathews, D Shanaka, K Perera, N Dickwella, Dhananjaya De Silva, I Udana, B Rajapaksa, O Fernando, W Hasaranga, L Kumara, K Mendis, L Sandakan, K Rajitha.