India won the toss and decided to bat first in the third and final Test at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi.
The hosts have made two changes to the playing eleven that won the second Test, bringing in Shikhar Dhawan and Mohammed Shami in place of KL Rahul and Umesh Yadav respectively. On the other hand, the visitors have made three changes, including Lakshan Sandakan, Dhananjaya de Silva and Roshen Silva in the playing eleven for the last Test.
Here is what the captains said:
We are gonna bat first. Looks like a decent a wicket to bat first. The openers are looking forward to it. At Eden Gardens, if it wasn’t overcast, we’d have batted first. We would have liked more grass. Every game is important. We are not taking any oppositions lightly. It’s about the conditions that matters. We are still looking to play good cricket. We got two changes. Umesh Yadav makes way for Shami. Dhawan replaces KL Rahul.
We can’t control the toss. After the second game, we sat down as a team and had a chat what went wrong as a team. We have made three changes. Rangana Herath, Thirimanne and Shanaka miss out. Sandakan, Dhananjaya and Roshen. I think he deserves the Test cap. He scored heavily in domestic cricket.
With form and momentum on their side, India will be looking to make the most of it and finish the series on high. Moreover, with this Test being the last game before India travel to South Africa for the Test series next month, the players will be keen to deliver strongly.
On the other hand, the beleaguered visitors will have to play out of their skin if they want to finish the series on a positive note. After showing a lot of promise in the first Test, Sri Lanka were thoroughly outplayed in the following game at Nagpur and need to bring out their best game to get a good result.
Here is the playing XI of both teams:
Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma
Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal(c), Niroshan Dickwella(w), Roshen Silva, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lakshan Sandakan, Lahiru Gamage