Sri Lanka versus India
Third Test – Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi
December 2nd – December 6th
Sri Lanka face a selection headache as they head into the Third Test tomorrow, with Rangana Herath ruled out due to a back injury. After a massive 293 run loss in the Second Test, Sri Lankan Captain Dinesh Chandimal knows his batsmen have to make a stand.
Sri Lanka were guilty of poor shot selection in the second Test, none more so than former skipper Angelo Matthews. Lahiru Thirmanne’s mortage on first drop may come under the microscope, with Dhananjaya de Silva under serious consideration for the role. The loss of Rangana Herath will be filled by left-arm spin bowler Lakshan Sandakan.
For the Indian team fast bowler Mohammed Sami will come back into consideration for the Test match in place of Yadav. Despite pressure from Shikar Dhawan the batting should remain unchanged.
The dangerman for Sri-Lanka will be Ravi Ashwin. Ashwin averages 14.22 a wicket at this ground and will be relishing the prospect of adding to his haul this calendar year.
With one eye on the tour to South Africa, India will feel confident of taking care of the match and the series against Sri Lanka.
India haven’t lost a Test match at this ground since 1990, winning 10 out of the last 11 matches. Their only blip on the radar was a draw with Australia in 2009 at this ground. A win in this Test Match and India will equal the world record set by Australia in 2005/2006 and 2008.
Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Lokesh Rahul, Vijay Shankar, Rohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Murali Vijay, Ishant Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, Cheteshwar Pujara, Kuldeep Yadav, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane
Dinesh Chandimal(c), Dimuth Karunaratne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Dilruwan Perera, Lahiru Gamage, Lakshan Sandakan, Vishwa Fernando, Dasun Shanaka, Niroshan Dickwella, Roshen Silva