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if grass is there then get bhuvi in place of jaddu, else Kuldeep. I doubt they will have grass on wicket because our fast bowlers have looked more threatening then theirs in the series so far.

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19 minutes ago, Kohlifan said:

if grass is there then get bhuvi in place of jaddu, else Kuldeep. I doubt they will have grass on wicket because our fast bowlers have looked more threatening then theirs in the series so far.

So have our spinners but Jaddu is not available for this test. If they cut off that grass i will go with Kuldeep if not then Bhuvi

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here was rain two days before the game, and it resulted in both teams cancelling their pre-game practice sessions on Friday. There could be more rain on the cards over the Test match. The pitch, which had been under covers overnight, underwent another drastic change a day before the game, with the greenish tinge slowly giving way to more brown. The ground staff used hard brushes and the mower to take away what grass there was left on the pitch. The track looks a hard one, and the toss could once again play a decisive factor.

https://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/96392/virat-kohli-co-eye-historic-away-series-whitewash-sri-lanka-vs-india-cricket-team-3rd-test-pallekele-match-preview

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Kohli & Co. eye historic away-series whitewash

Two teams at two extreme ends of the spectrum clash in the final Test of the Sri Lanka-India series at the picturesque Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, starting Saturday (August 12). In fact, arguably the only thing international about the series so far has been the grounds, and the beautiful Pallekele Stadium presents a near-perfect end to the series.

 

 

If only the same could be said about the cricket, too. Sri Lanka have been a side that has struggled to compete over the course of the last two Tests, and their opponents, India, have already run away with the series. On a batting beauty at Galle, India thumped them by 304 runs, while on a rank-turner at the SSC in Colombo was another massive innings win for Virat Kohli's side. The hosts have struggled with a spate of injuries to key players, and have been further dented by the unavailability of Rangana Herath and Nuwan Pradeep, Sri Lanka's pace and spin leads, for the third Test.

 

 

Everything points to another rout by the Indians, but Sri Lanka will walk in knowing they made their much-fancied opposition toil hard in the second innings at the SSC, and would hope that was a turn of the tide.

 

 

For India, it will just be a matter of doing more of the same since they stepped foot in Sri Lanka. Their batting looks in great form, having amassed 600 runs in both Tests, while their bowlers have followed up and delivered the victories. They are on the cusp of a historic away-series whitewash, and will hope to do so with another clinical performance.

 

 

When: Sri Lanka vs India, 3rd Test, Starts August 12, 10:00 AM Local Time

 

 

Where: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele

 

 

What to expect: There was rain two days before the game, and it resulted in both teams cancelling their pre-game practice sessions on Friday. There could be more rain on the cards over the Test match. The pitch, which had been under covers overnight, underwent another drastic change a day before the game, with the greenish tinge slowly giving way to more brown. The ground staff used hard brushes and the mower to take away what grass there was left on the pitch. The track looks a hard one, and the toss could once again play a decisive factor.

 

 

Team News

 

 

Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka are expected to play five bowlers at Pallekele. Lahiru Thirimanne is expected to stay on the sidelines, while Dhananjaya de Silva will also be dropped to the bench. Lahiru Kumara and Vishwa Fernando are expected to play as the premier fast bowlers, while Lakshan Sandakan will replace Rangana Herath in the spin department. Lahiru Gamage could get a chance if the team decides to go in with three pacers instead of spinners. In that case, Sandakan could sit out.

 

 

Probable XI: Upul Tharanga, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella, Dilruwan Perera, Malinda Pushpakumara, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Lakshan Sandakan/Lahiru Gamage

 

 

India: India have relatively fewer headaches than Sri Lanka, but the suspension of the world's number one allrounder and bowler, Ravindra Jadeja, would have thrown a spanner in the works. Kuldeep Yadav should come in for the left-armer. There is no change expected to the rest of the line-up, but with the series done and dusted, don't be surprised if Kohli and Co. give the bench-warmers a chance.

 

 

Probable XI: Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, R Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami

 

 

Did you know?

 

 

- If India manage to win the third Test, it will be the first instance of them winning three Tests in a series away from home since 1968. Australia (in 2004) remains the only side to beat Sri Lanka 3-0 in a series in Sri Lanka.

 

 

- If both Lakshan Sandakan and Kuldeep Yadav make it to the respective playing XIs, it will be the first instance of two chinaman bowlers playing for the opposing teams in a Test match since 2004.

 

 

- The last time Sri Lanka played a home series (2+ Tests) without any bowler taking 10 wickets in the series was against South Africa in 2004. Their two leading wicket takers of the series - Nuwan Pradeep (6) & Rangana Herath (5) - have been ruled out of the third Test.

SOURCE : CRICBUZZ

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IMO need to give some of the players a rest and others some match experience. Even our bench bowlers are also good enough to beat Lanka.  

 

Rest Umesh and Shami, bring in Bhuv and Ishant. 

 

It may be hard to rest Ashwin, unless the team management is ready to give Axar a debut. 

 

 

Kuldeep should anyway come in for the suspended Jaddu. 

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4 minutes ago, Forever Indian said:

Dhawan catch dropped in slips in all three tests early in his innings. He will be sitting duck in SA who are not going to drop these dollies at slips. Hope Vijay is back fit and in form for SA series.

That didn't carry.

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7 minutes ago, rkt.india said:

That didn't carry.

Only because that slip fielder was very deep, it was catchable for the other slip fielder diving across. Anyways point is he pushes ball too hard early on, I remember Philander dismissing him cheaply in all innings in one of the SA series. It was the same caught in slips mode of dismissals.

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46 minutes ago, JaFanatic said:

53 runs in 10 overs! thats more than our avg PP1 score in ODIs :giggle: 

How about Rahul and Dhawan opening in ODIs? Rahul has ability to play according to pitch unlike dot balls king Rohit Sharma. On his side Rohit has numbers but its too much to ask for team's interest rather than individual players from Indians most of the times. And team's interest lies in getting an opener who can rotate strike easily. 

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14 minutes ago, Pollack said:

How about Rahul and Dhawan opening in ODIs? Rahul has ability to play according to pitch unlike dot balls king Rohit Sharma. On his side Rohit has numbers but its too much to ask for team's interest rather than individual players from Indians most of the times. And team's interest lies in getting an opener who can rotate strike easily. 

unfortunately in the current setup we are stuck with hitman and his dot balls

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4 minutes ago, Pollack said:

How about Rahul and Dhawan opening in ODIs? Rahul has ability to play according to pitch unlike dot balls king Rohit Sharma. On his side Rohit has numbers but its too much to ask for team's interest rather than individual players from Indians most of the times. And team's interest lies in getting an opener who can rotate strike easily. 

I'm all for Rahul ahead of Rohit in ODIs. Rahul doesn't play too many dot balls in the beginning & the best part is that he is good at strike rotation. Rohit is a quality ODI bat no doubt but his slow starts definitely sucks the momentum.

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This has to be the worst Srilankan attack for sure. All 3 tests and their bowling has been hammered left, right and center. Please someone break some records like lara 400 score n all, these type of lollypop series will never come with us playing our top side.

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2 minutes ago, putrevus said:

 careless shots like that are the reason why Rahul did not convert any of his 6 fifties into hundreds.

what are you smoking? He is going to convert today for sure. A 200+ is coming. Possibly even 300.

 

Dhawan too will target 200+

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1 minute ago, WC2011INDIA said:

what are you smoking? He is going to convert today for sure. A 200+ is coming. Possibly even 300.

 

Dhawan too will target 200+

Did I say anything about him not scoring today, do you have problem in understanding English.

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6 minutes ago, express bowling said:

That series against Australia was played on tough pitches and most batters had difficulty scoring even multiple 50s.

Australian series I can understand to some extent but there also he got out trying to play lofted shots couple of times. He has so much talent and so much time to play shots. He just needs to be little more careful.

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3 minutes ago, express bowling said:

That series against Australia was played on tough pitches and most batters had difficulty scoring even multiple 50s.

That doesn't change the fact that he does gift his wicket very often . He could have easily had 3 or 4 more hundreds by now 

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27 minutes ago, putrevus said:

Australian series I can understand to some extent but there also he got out trying to play lofted shots couple of time. He has so much talent and so much time to play shots. He just needs to be little more careful.

 

27 minutes ago, jusarrived said:

That doesn't change the fact that he does gift his wicket very often . He could have easily had 3 or 4 more hundreds by now 

 

Rahul had this issue of gifting his wicket away by playing a rash shot till the middle-part of the England test series 2016. It was a massive problem actually.

 

But, in the last 7 tests or so, he has cut down his rash strokes a lot.  

 

Most of his dismissals in the Australian series were off godd balls barring one horrible lofted shot.

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6 minutes ago, express bowling said:

 

 

Rahul had this issue of gifting his wicket away by playing a rash shot til the middle-part of the England test series 2016. It was a massive problem actually.

 

But, in the 7 tests or so, he has cut down his rash strokes a lot.  

 

Most of his dismissals in the Australian series were off godd balls barring one horrible lofted shot.

 

It is not always about the shots you get out, he played two very risky shots today but did not get out to both of them. When playing against good teams he could have gotten out on both occasions.This series shouldn't lull him or Indian team into thinking it would be this easy  everywhere.

 

The reason Indians lost Pune test against Aussies in addition to pitch  being nasty was the fact that they simply did not expect such tough opposition after having easy for whole season.

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9 minutes ago, putrevus said:

 

It is not always about the shots you get out, he played two very risky shots today but did not get out to both of them. When playing against good teams he could have gotten out on both occasions.This series shouldn't lull him or Indian team into thinking it would be this easy  everywhere.

 

The reason Indians lost Pune test against Aussies in addition to pitch  being nasty was the fact that they simply did not expect such tough opposition after having easy for whole season.

 

I take your point and it is an important one.

 

Just want to point out that some of the risky shots in this innings could be due to instructions from the team management to score quickly on a flat track, to reach a really big score in less than 2 days.  Kohli keeps mentioning this in his interviews.

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3 minutes ago, express bowling said:

 

I take your point.

 

Just want to point out that some of the risky shots in this innings could be due to instructions from the team management to score quickly on a flat track, to reach a really big score in less than 2 days.  Kohli keeps mentioning this in his interviews.

These tendencies tend to stick with a player if he is not careful. I remember Gambhir playing that dab to third man in tests and getting away few times initially but then got out few times.That started his downward spiral from which he never recovered.

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