The third T20 between India and Sri Lanka at ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam acts as the series decider with the three-match contest levelled at 1-1. Sri Lanka and India dominated the first and second T20, respectively, to emerge triumphant to make this third ODI an all important one.
Players in both the camps will be eager to come up with their A game so as to help their team win the series, which can act as a great confidence booster ahead of the Asia Cup and the World T20.
Here is a look at some key players from India and Sri Lanka.
Rohit Sharma: The opener has been the best player for India in the last couple of months, but is yet to come up with a big score in the series. Though he scored 43 in the second T20, he will want to come up with a brilliant innings and help India to register a series win. If Rohit delivers at the top of the innings, India will be in the driving seat as he is accustomed to scoring at a quick rate. With Rohit being a brilliant player of the seamers, the right-hander can make great use of the field restrictions.
Ashish Nehra: The senior pro in the Indian team has used his experience in the series, picking up four wickets. His experience will once again be needed in Visakhapatnam as the left-arm pacer has bowler brilliantly with the new ball. Nehra has provided early breakthrough in both the T20s so far and Dhoni will want his bowler to come up with a similar performance in the deciding T20 as well. His ability to bowl a tight line and length with some seam has tested the Sri Lankan batsmen.
Tilakratne Dilshan: The right-hander is the most experienced player in the Sri Lankan team, and will need to stand up and be counted with the bat if they are to emerge triumphant in the series. Dilshan, who missed the first T20 and scored zero in the second T20, will be keen to show his class against the Indian bolwers in Visakhapatnam. Sri Lanka will depend to a large extent on the Sri Lankan batsmen to provide a flying start so that their middle order will capitalise on it.
Thisara Perera: The all-rounder has been a good component with the ball, but he is yet to hit top gear with the bat in the series. Perera is an amazing hitter of a cricket ball and can take the attack to the Indian bowlers lower down the order. However, Perera, who took an incredible hat-trick in the second T20, will have to bowl a tight line and length against the Indian openers as the Lankan bowler opens the bowling for the visitors.