The second test match that took place between India and Sri Lanka was delightful to watch. The Indian team won the test match by 239 runs. Both the teams played extremely well, but ultimately team India emerged victorious.
This series commenced with equal effort and performance. The starter test match on the series was a draw between both the teams. The performance and game showcased by the two teams was really admirable. The bowlers of Sri Lankan team tried to wreak havoc on the Indian batsmen. Amongst all the bowlers, Suranga Lakmal particularly troubled the batsmen a lot. This challenge was faced by Cheteshwar Puja and he stayed out in the cricket field. The fact that India survived in the games can be solely credited to him.
After the realization that Sri Lanka is giving a tough fight to India, the Indian cricket team came back hard and ended up making their highest test score. They equalled their highest test match win of an innings and won by 239 runs, which was an exceptional score to chase.
If Sri Lanka wants to win the game, then it looks like the players have to really work harder and step up. In addition to this, Suranga Lakmal will have to bring his mojo back so that the Indian batsmen face a tough call during the batting. He has to particularly focus on Indian batsmen like Virat Kohli who rocked the stadium with his amazing batting skills and scored a double ton in the first innings.
|Match||India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test Match|
|Date||2nd Dec’17, Sat – 6th Dec’17, Wed at 09:30 AM Local Time / 04:00 AM GMT|
|Venue||Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi|
Here are the squad predictions for the third test match:
Indian Cricket Team:
The test squad of India for the third test match will comprise of the captain Virat Kohli, Vijay Shankar, Murali Vijay, Ishant Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Umesh Yadav, Shikhar Dhawan, Mohammed Shami, Cheteshwar Pujara, Kuldeep Yadav, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin and Wriddhiman Saha.
Sri Lanka Cricket Team:
The test squad of Sri Lanka for the third test match will include players like Jeffrey Vandersay, Dimuth Karunaratne, Roshen Silva, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dasun Shanaka, Angelo Mathews, Vishwa Fernando, Lahiru Thirimanne, Lakshan Sandakan, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Gamage and Dilruwan Perera. The team will play under the able captainship of Dinesh Chandimal.
|Virat Kohli(c)||Top-order batsman||Dinesh Chandimal(c)||Batsman|
|Murali Vijay||Opening batsman||Dimuth Karunaratne||Opening batsman|
|Lokesh Rahul||Opening batsman||Dhananjaya de Silva||Batting allrounder|
|Shikhar Dhawan||Opening batsman||Sadeera Samarawickrama||Wicketkeeper batsman|
|Cheteshwar Pujara||Top-order batsman||Angelo Mathews||Batting allrounder|
|Ajinkya Rahane||Top-order batsman||Lahiru Thirimanne||Batsman|
|Rohit Sharma||Top-order batsman||Suranga Lakmal||Bowler|
|Wriddhiman Saha||Wicketkeeper batsman||Dilruwan Perera||Bowler|
|Ravichandran Ashwin||Bowling allrounder||Lahiru Gamage||Bowler|
|Ravindra Jadeja||Allrounder||Lakshan Sandakan||Bowler|
|Kuldeep Yadav||Bowler||Vishwa Fernando||Bowler|
|Mohammed Shami||Bowler||Dasun Shanaka||Batting allrounder|
|Umesh Yadav||Bowler||Niroshan Dickwella||Wicketkeeper batsman|
|Ishant Sharma||Bowler||Roshen Silva||Batsman|
|Vijay Shankar||Batting Allrounder||Jeffrey Vandersay||Bowler|
Players to Watch and Match Prediction:
The third test match between Sri Lanka and India is scheduled to take place on 2nd Dec and it is expected to end on 6th December, 2017. This match will take place at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. This venue is particular known for its fast batting pitch.
If the bowlers of Sri Lanka do not trouble the batsmen of India, then another high score is expected from the Indian team in this match. From Sri Lanka, Dinesh Chandimal, the captain is expected to play a continuous and serious knock if he wants his team to continue in the game and stay strong. He would also need the support of bowlers like Lahiru Gamage and Suranga Lakmal to consolidate the team’s performance.
India has already been performing quite well and is the best team at the moment. However, they are required to be a little more vigilant. KL Rahul is a great batsman and he has to make sure that he stays focused on the game and does not make any mistakes.
Overall, the home teams are usually the most favourite and they win the series along with the series cup.
Predicted Winner: Team India (IN)