Virat Kohli eyes historic whitewash

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While Virat Kohli and co. will march with a hope of securing a historic 3-0 whitewash in Sri Lanka, Dinesh Chandimal and his wounded men will hope to end the series on positive note at Pallekele. Sri Lanka's most penetrative bowlers are all out nursing injuries, and India have used the chance to beef up their averages.

India have won the first two Tests by comprehensive margins - by 304 runs in Galle and an innings and 53 runs in Colombo. "We don't have players who are happy to sit out", Kohli said.

Jadeja, however, will miss the third and the final Test match against Sri Lanka after being handed a one-match suspension for accumulating six demerit points over a 24 month period.

At the break, Dhawan was unbeaten on 64 while Rahul (67 not out) made his seventh successive 50-plus score in Test matches, becoming the joint record-holder alongside Everton Weekes, Andy Flower, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kumar Sangakkara and Chris Rogers. Asked if the team is looking forward to that record, Kohli said: "For us it's just about playing another Test match and trying to win another Test match".

Hello and Welcome to our live coverage of the third Test between India and Sri Lanka at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele. The only area of concern for Virat Kohli right now is that Ravindra Jadeja was suspended by IC after the last match.

Virat Kohli eyes historic whitewash
Virat Kohli eyes historic whitewash

The "probably" in the last sentence is important before we jump the gun on declaring the current Indian side is the best it has been over the years. Despite being way too edgy throughout his innings, the left-hander struck his fourth Test fifty and then converted it to a century, moments after Rahul's dismissal. The selectors may decide to rest the regular bowlers in the side - Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami - and players like Jasprit Bumrah and Thakur may take their place. If this isn't a possibility, Hardik Pandya too could be benched to accommodate another seamer.

Former captain Arjuna Ranatunga, a government minister, has blamed Sri Lanka's losses on SLC chief Thilanga Sumathipala and accused him of links to gambling, a claim Sumathipala denies.

Sri Lanka's batting meanwhile has been heavily reliant on Dimuth Karunratne. However, Sri Lanka will want Kusal Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella to continue with their form as the likes of Upul Tharanga, Angelo Mathews and Chandimal struggle to get amongst runs.

Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara have all been among the runs.