The Sri Lankan captain Kapugedara has won the toss again and opted to bat first in the third One Day International against India. The regular captain Upul Tharanga is suspended due to slow over rate. The Sri Lankan Team will bat third time in a row in this One Day International series.
Kapugedara: We are going to bat first today. We fought really well in the last game and we could not finish the last game. We have all spoken about it and made plans for it. Upul is obviously suspended. So Thirimanne comes in.
Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Niroshan Dickwella(w), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Chamara Kapugedera(c), Milinda Siriwardana, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando, Lasith Malinga
Kohli: We would have bowled first. No need to change the plans that we have thought about. In the first two games as well; first was convincing, last game we got rocked a little bit in the middle overs by a guy we hadn’t seen before. It was a good challenge and learning for us. We wanted to have a total on the board and chase. We were quite relaxed, you can’t really do much from the outside and backed the guys out in the middle. None better than who has played close to 300 ODIs. It will be MS’s 299th ODI today. Bhuvi is a customer. We knew these guys will find a way to come out of the situation. It was a bizzare game with two 100+ partnerships. No changes at all.
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Lokesh Rahul, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal