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Sri Lanka vs India, 3rd Test Preview: Kohli eyes first whitewash on foreign soil

Fri, 11th, Aug 2017 |
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While one can expect it to be a run-of-the mill for Team India, it will be more than a dead rubber at the Pallekele International Stadium tomorrow for the 3rd and the final against Sri Lanka. India, after taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series, will aim to complete a whitewash with another clinical performance. 

Both teams will see forced changes with the trailing Lankans losing out on their 2 most reliable bowlers - pacer Nuwan Pradeep and ace spinner Rangana Herath. For India, Jadeja will serve a suspension which actually could be a blessing in disguise to test Kuldeep Yadav on foreign soil with the red ball. 

Kohli could also try to balance the workload by resting Mohammad Shami for Ishant Sharma or Bhuvneshwar Kumar. If this isn't a possibility, Hardik Pandya too could be benched to accommodate another seamer. 

Rohit Sharma is another batsman India could afford to play instead of Pandya. Rohit was injured in the home series against the Kiwis. He couldn't recover for the entire home season but now looks in form after a nice run in the 2017 Champions Trophy. 

Sri Lanka will rely on pace with Vishwa Fernando likely to get a go ahead of Chameera and Lahiru Kumara. However, it'll be a difficult task to fill in Herath's shoes at Pallekele.

There'll be no second thought on batting first after winning the toss. The past 2 Tests have been great examples of the pitching turning square and bouncing in the latter half of Day 3 and 4. 

All in all, India should take this as an opportunity to experiment and try out the bench before they tour other nations.

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