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Team India India have outplayed Sri Lanka in the first two T20 matches. PTI

Mumbai: With the series already in their pocket, India will look to give some of the bench players a chance but there will be no let-up in the intensity as they eye a whitewash against Sri Lanka in the third and final T20I here on Sunday.

For the islanders, it has been a forgettable year, and the two recent defeats to India have just added to their misery.

While the hosts thrashed Sri Lanka by 93 runs in the first match at Cuttack, they outclassed them by 88 runs in Indore to seal the series. The visitors also lost the ODI series 1-2 and came second best in the three-match Test series.

On the other hand, India have been cruising across all formats and would surely look to end a successful year with another thumping win ahead of a tough tour of South Africa where they play three Tests, six ODIs and three T20Is.

The constant one-sided results may not be an ideal preparation for India for the upcoming tour, but the positive thing is that in absence of seniors including inspirational captain Virat Kohli, the youngsters have taken responsibility and delivered in the T20s and ODIs.

Stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma, who equaled David Miller's record for the fastest-ever T20I century during his 43-ball 118-run innings in Indore, is in peak form and he would love to continue his good run at his home ground.

Be it K L Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey or the experienced Mahendra Singh Dhoni -- all have chipped in when needed.

Rahul in fine form

Rahul, who already has two fifties to his credit, would surely want to add one more into his kitty and make a strong statement before the team's upcoming tour.

Iyer, the local boy, scored in the opening game, but he needs to stay at the wicket and convert his starts into big knocks.

India promoted Dhoni up the order on Friday and the former captain justified the team's decision by scoring at a brisk pace. The same can be expected in Mumbai if the openers give a flying start.

This Indian batting line-up can destroy any bowling attack and Sri Lanka's toothless bowlers just provide them more opportunity to be devastating and ruthless.

The credit for preparing good bench strength should be given to the Indian Premier League and the robust domestic circuit.

Chahal and Kuldeep excel

Wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, who starred Friday night too, have cemented their place by picking up regular wickets after their international debuts.

The selectors would be seeing how Saurashtra pacer Jaydev Unadkat performs, as he can be an important cog in the scheme of things after veteran pacer Ashish Nehra called it a day.

Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah have already cemented their place in the team and a good game for them will boost their confidence ahead of a grueling tour.

But having won the series, the team management may decide to try out young guns like Basil Thampi, Washington Sundar and Deepak Hooda.

Thisara Perera It has been a real struggle for Sri Lankan captain Thisara Perera. PTI

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka have been dealt a severe blow with Angelo Mathews being ruled out of the match due to a hamstring injury. In his absence, senior pros like Upul Tharanga will have to take responsibility and deliver.

Kusal Perera's 37-ball 77 in the second T20I gave a huge boost to the team and he would look for another good innings.

Their bowlers have failed to put up a spirited show and skipper Thisara Perera would like his men to at-least give a fight and reverse the trend.

All bowlers, including Nuwan Pradeep, and Thisara himself have leaked plenty of runs and they need to pull their socks to stop the Indian Juggernaut and come up with something special.

Overall the Wankhede wicket has favored the batsmen in the past, but scores as high as 190 have been chased in T20 games here. Considering the form of Indian batsmen, spectators can expcect another run-feast.

The squads: India: Rohit Sharma (capt), K L Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, M S Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj, Basil Thampi and Jaydev Unadkat.

Sri Lanka: Thisara Perera (capt), Upul Tharanga, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Niroshan Dickwella, Asela Gunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dasun Shanaka, Chaturanga de Silva, Sachith Pathirana, Dananjaya de Silva, Nuwan Pradeep, Vishwa Fernando and Dusmantha Chameera.

Match starts at 7 pm

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