Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Pradeep, Herath out of 3rd Test

Pradeep, Herath out of 3rd Test

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. His last Test was against South Africa in December 2016. In the five matches that he has played so far, Lahiru has just picked two wickets.

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.

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For India, the final Test presents an opportunity to throw the benchwarmers into the field, but a drastic change in the playing XI doesn't seem likely, with a proud unbeaten record too dear to lose to experimentation. Also in the squad are Lahiru Kumara, who played in the first Test in Galle, and Vishwa Fernando, the left-arm quick who has been in the squad for both previous Tests without getting a game. It was later confirmed that his injury was a result of a grade-one tear in his thigh muscles. The Lankan lions, who have been criticised by fans and deemed unfit by the sports minister, now face the third-ranked Test team, following their defeats in Galle and Colombo. In the second Test, they could be seen struggling against their guests as the latter continued to dominate them throughout the match. The only saving grace for SL has been the performance of Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis, who both hit centuries in the second innings at Colombo, but skipper Dinesh Chandimal and experienced Angelo Mathews have to score the bulk of the runs to make a difference.

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. This is the first time ever that India have managed to take a 2-0 lead in a Test series in Sri Lanka and have a chance to complete a thumping series win against their less illustrious opponents.

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