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Kohli wins toss, elects to bat against Sri Lanka in 3rd Test

12 Août 2017

"If we can do that, definitely we can get more confidence and move forward", Chandimal said Friday.

Following wins inside four days in Galle and Colombo, the world's top-ranked side have an unassailable 2-0 lead and the injury-hit hosts face another stiff task against Kohli's men in the finale.

In the first two Tests in Sri Lanka, Virat Kohli has gone with the two specialist spinners in R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, which kept Yadav on from the sidelines. Post Test series, Team India is scheduled to play a 5-match ODI series and one T20. They were beaten by 304 runs in the first Test and surrendered to an innings defeat in the second one.

Sri Lanka called up the pace duo after seamer Nuwan Pradeep and veteran spinner Rangana Herath were ruled out of the match.

Left-arm spinner Jadeja was banned for one match for risky play in India's second Test win that secured the team an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.

"India is a really good team, especially in the last two to three years". In the spectacularly posh environs of the Earl's Regency in Kandy, Virat Kohli was as calm and composed as one would expect a captain to be following two back-to-back big wins. This will be the sixth Test match hosted at Pallekele and the first for India at the venue. We're two down now but still we're a really good team.

Home teams have often tried to press the home advantage for their cause but there's not much that can be done in an worldwide game as the ICC's pitch and outfield monitoring process established in 2006 has strict regulations when it comes to preparing the surface for the match.

This was in breach of article 2.2.8 of the player's code of conduct which deals with "throwing a ball (or any other item of cricket equipment such as a water bottle) at or near a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee or any other third person in an inappropriate and/or risky manner during an International Match". "We (team management and selectors) are going to sit down on selection soon and we certainly have plans in mind and combinations that we want to speak about". He had even added, "Forget Australia, I am not even touching Australia tour, so when you say overseas (tours) like South Africa and England, it is a lot of tough cricket coming up and I see it as an opportunity".

Kohli assured there was to be no complacency when he insisted India were not going to make wholesale changes to the XI now that the series has been secured. "He has proved himself in Dharamsala and has a good chance of playing tomorrow".

Kohli wins toss, elects to bat against Sri Lanka in 3rd Test