Sri Lanka rest Herath for Pallekele dead rubber

Cricket News: India beats Sri Lanka again

Fans ridiculed the Sri Lankan team after their recent performances with one post joking that Sri Lanka had in fact won the second Test because they had played two innings to India's one.

However, after Sri Lanka were all out for 183 in the first innings in reply to India's 622, it was always going to be a catch-up game for the hosts.

Veteran campaigner Rangana Herath will miss the third test against India due to a back injury. Chairman of selectors MSK Prasad is now in Pallekele for the third Test and is expected to take a call after discussions with coach Ravi Shastri and captain Virat Kohli. The on-field umpires Bruce Oxenford and Rod Tucker deemed the throwing "in a unsafe manner" as it narrowly missed the batsman, Dimuth Karunaratne. The ICC panel found him guilty of inciting unsafe play as the batsman could have been injured had the ball hit him.

The 39-year-old complained about a stiff back during his side's huge defeat by an innings and 53 runs in the second Test against India in Colombo. This early wicket was followed by a terrific partnership between Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis which gave the Sri Lankans some hope.

"You expect teams playing test cricket to come out and play like that". The batsman was caught at slip off Jadeja's left-arm spin.

Jadeja finished with 5-152 and collected seven wickets in the match. That is the reason why he is ranked number one in world ranking.

On a minefield of a track at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Saha's keeping masterclass prompted skipper Virat Kohli to term him the best in the business. With the bat, Rahane and Pujara were the stand out players. Rahane has scored 212 runs in two Tests so far, with one fifty and one century. All of us have, but Pujara's game has gone to another level.

"As the captain, I am proud of the way the guys played in the second innings so we have to get the positives out of that".

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