Kohli Look for a Series Win in Sri Lanka

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India vs SriLanka 2015

3rd Test Match Prediction 2015

India vs SriLanka 3rd Test Preview

The swansong for the greatest wicket keeper-batsman is over and now everyone can focus on how competitive this series between the two cordial neighbours has been and the decider, which starts on Friday, could be decisive for both the teams.

Both the teams are going through a lean patch in the Tests as Sri Lanka’s last series win came in 2014 against Pakistan in a home series. For India, the wait has been longer and they have not won a single Test series since the retirement of the all time Sachin Tendulkar. Worst is the fact that since his retirement India has won just two games since 2013 in Tests and the second one came just a few days ago in the second Test against Sri Lanka.

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It will be a relief for team India as they are playing in conditions which suits them the best and their spinners are leaving no stones unturned in exploiting the conditions. Two of the Indian spinners, R Ashwin and Amit Mishra, are respectively highest and second highest wicket takers of the series with 17 and 12 wickets respectively.

But the team has not stayed away from injury and surprisingly it is not the injury prone bowlers but the batsmen who have suffered from the injury. First it was Shikhar Dhawan and now Murali Vijay and Wridhiman Saha are out of the third Test.

Sri Lanka on the other hand have found new heroes at the time Sanga has retired with Dinesh Chandimal’s swagger in the first Test got them the win despite being in an unenviable position in the first innings. He is the highest scorer of the series till now with 247 runs at an average of 82.33.

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In the bowling department, much to the relief of Sri Lanka, Rangana Herath has looked in his own with 12 wickets in the series which includes a match winning performance in the second innings of the first Test.

India vs SriLanka 3rd Test Team News

India has called in Naman Ojha and Karun Nair as a cover for the injured Murali Vijay and Wridhiman Saha. While Naman Ojha is certain to play the Test, Cheteshwar Pujara will get his first match of the series and he will open the innings along with KL Rahul.

India (probable XI): KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Naman Ojha, Stuart Binny, R Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav

For Sri Lanka Nuwan Pradeep is back to full fitness and is expected to replace Dushmantha Chameera while Tharindu Kaushal is expected to miss the Test with an injury which opens up a spot for Dilruwan Perera.

Sri Lanka (probable XI): Kaushal Silva, Dimuth Karunaratne, Upul Tharanga, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Perera, Nuwan Pradeep, Dilruwan Perera, Dhammika Prasad, Rangana Herath

India vs SriLanka 3rd Test Pitch Report

The match is to be played at Sinhalese Sports Club which is expected to be a batting paradise and will aid the spinners as the game progresses as is with most of the sub-continental pitches.

India vs SriLanka 3rd Test Winner Tips & Prediction

India and The Draw is 1.50 Sri Lanka is 2.00 to win the match. Given the nature of the pitch here, which can be batting paradise for first three days, The Draw is such a value at this time as it will shorten once the batsmen sets on the crease. However, we will be backing India here to win the match and the series.

 

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