Uncapped Gamage called up for third Test

Dushmantha Chameera

Sri Lanka recalled Dushmantha Chameera for the final Test against IndiaMore

They replace injured spinner Rangana Herath and pacer Nuwan Pradeep, while batsman Danushka Gunathilaka has been dropped.

The India vs Sri Lanka 3rd Test will be played at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele.

Lahiru Gamage has also been recalled to the squad in order to strengthen the bowling unit of the Sri Lankan team. And to add to that, a visiting team has won just a single Test at this venue when Pakistan came out victorious in 2015.

Prior to this series, Sri Lanka failed to reach the semi-finals of the eight-team Champions Trophy in June and humiliatingly went down 3-2 in a home one-day worldwide series to bottom-ranked Zimbabwe.

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Herath's troubled back, which made him a doubt for the second Test, has ruled him out of the third Test. If cricket was played on paper then SL would not stand a chance and also man to man India are far superior than their counterparts, but upsets have happened in past and it would be good for Test cricket if Lanka gets better of big brother India. He could bag only five wickets in the two previous matches with an average of 69.40. Captain Dinesh Chandimal, who was out of the first Test due to pneumonia, said that a consolation victory over India would help put the smiles back on his players' faces. It was later confirmed that his injury was a result of a grade-one tear in his thigh muscles. However, India will find it hard to do so as they aren't familiar with the conditions in Pallekele.

In the batting, Dhananjaya de Silva didn't have the greatest of matches in the second Test, but he is likely to stay in the playing XI, even with Lahiru Thirimanne waiting in the wings for an opportunity.

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

Hosts Sri Lanka are flirting with a series whitewash in the third Test against India, starting on Saturday, as they struggle with problems on and off the pitch which have thrown the team into turbulence.

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