Mathews's absence from the third T20I might not make any difference as the series has already been sealed by Rohit Sharma and co.
Ever since Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have been preferred by India over R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in limited-overs internationals, the young spin twins haven't disappointed, especially in the T20Is, in which Chahal tops the list of wicket-takers in 2017 with Kuldeep at No. 13.
Stand-in-skipper Rohit Sharma slammed a majestic 35-ball ton in the second T20I against Sri Lanka to guide the hosts to a series-clinching win in Indore on Friday. "They are bowling well and generally the wrist spinners with their variations are hard to pick".
Asked if he would have wanted to undo the decision to bat first, Perera said, "We have to back our strengths". We have good batsmen, but Rohit and KL Rahul were brilliant with that partnership. We can't control that. "After the first match, there was a lot of pressure on me". Captain Thisara Perera along with pacer Nuwan Pradeep will be challenged to bowl in the right areas at Wankhede and they owe it to their supporters to stop India from running away with a 3-0 win. That is all part and parcel of the game. We try to learn from our mistakes. "You can carry the confidence you have generated from the recent success in the Test, ODI and T20 series, so as a team we are on a high and the confidence will help us in South Africa", he added. "We have to think of our batting and how we can do things better", Kusal said.
How easy it is for India to beat Sri Lanka reflects in the fact that India's top opener Shikhar Dhawan went for Virat Kohli's wedding reception a day prior to the 2nd T20I. "I backed myself. Very pleasing to get going after a long injury lay-off".