Uncapped Gamage called up for third Test

Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya have made crucial knocks for Indian cricket team coming lower down the order easing the pressure on the top batsmen as well as ensuring big totals against opponents

Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya have made crucial knocks for Indian cricket team coming lower down the order easing the pressure on the top batsmen as well as ensuring big totals against opponents

The cricket boards of Sri Lanka and Pakistan are in discussion to play a day and night Test match with pink ball in Dubai in the upcoming series between the two countries. He is not the only one who will sport the white jersey for his team after a long break.

Therefore, two of Chameera, Gamage, Kumara and Fernando are likely to play in the second Test, with Dilruwan Perera and Malinda Pushpakumara as the spinners. Sri Lanka on the other hand are going through a really rough time and it would be a tall task to beat the top-rated and in form Indian team.

They have not been helped by a succession of injuries, capped by a back problem which has sidelined their No 1 bowler, Rangana Herath, for the final match. The third Test will be the first time when India will be playing at this venue. He could bag only five wickets in the two previous matches with an average of 69.40.

Hardik took a couple of crucial wickets in the second Test against Sri Lanka, but has hardly been used, while the fact that he comes in at No.8 in the batting order suggests Kohli doesn't quite see him as a batting all-rounder either.

In addition to Herath, batsman Danushka Gunathilaka has been rested for the Pallikele Test. Gunathilaka made his Test debut in the second match against India at SSC. Chameera nursed a stress fracture through much of 2016, and has had only sporadic opportunities with the national team since then. It was later confirmed that his injury was a result of a grade-one tear in his thigh muscles.

Sri Lanka will now hope to avoid their complete white wash in their own backyard.

Sri Lanka suffered a humiliating defeat by 304 runs against India in the first Test.

Consequently, Sri Lanka will put out one of its most inexperienced attacks for the last Test, after naming Lahiru Gamage, the uncapped 29-year-old fast medium bowler, in a 15-man squad on Thursday.

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