Sri Lanka vs India 3rd T20I: Will rain play a spoilsport in the series decider?

The series stands evenly poised 1-1 after Sri Lanka beat India by 4 wickets in the second T20I on Wednesday.

Ritesh Pathak Author

Updated - 29 July 2021 12:15 pm

After Sri Lanka won the second T20I and levelled the series, it all boils down to the third and final T20I. The third match will be played at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, where all the matches have been played till now. The whole series has been under the threat of rain as the weather forecasts have suggested. As we saw in the last match, there were a few drizzles at the end which seemed to have decided the fate of the match. However, it did not last longer and the match was successfully completed. Rain has played its part on occasions like in the last ODI, where the match was reduced to 47 overs per side.

We all know how rain can change the results and we don't want the decider to get spoiled by it. The weather forecasts for Thursday evening show that there are slight chances of rain. Even if it drizzles, it can make the outfield wet and affect the run scoring at the R. Premadasa Stadium. The humidity too will be right at the top. Thus, we cannot completely rule out the chances of rain interrupting the match, but notably, it has not done much damage so far. Hopefully both teams will get to play their full quota of 20 overs.

Who will win the series?

The T20I series has progressed brilliantly so far. It stands evenly poised with both teams having won a match each. India registered a comprehensive win in the first match by 38 runs. However, they struggled to score big in the second match. While Sri Lanka, after struggling in the first match, comfortably chased down the total. Dhananjay De Silva and Minod Bhanuka stood out for the hosts.

Due to COVID burst in the camp, India had to field a third string team which had only five proper batsmen. The situation will remain the same for them in the series decider as well. Thus, we can say that it will be a daunting task for Dhawan and Co. to clinch the series. For Sri Lanka, they don't have to worry much and just focus on what they did in the previous game. The hosts are the favourites to lift the trophy, but you never know what these young Indians are capable of.

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