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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

India vs Sri Lanka 3rd Test 2009: Who will win?

The most exciting third test match between India and Sri Lanka is going to be held from 2nd December 2009. India will take on their rival team Sri Lanka at the Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai. This match has created a lot of excitement to the fans of both teams. Fans are passionately waiting to see this game live. This match will start at 04:00 GMT (09:30 local time). Third and final test match against Sri Lanka is the golden opportunity for India team to reach in the top position of the ICC Test rankings for the first time in their history.

Do you know why this test match is exciting and much-awaiting? The first reason is that host team India has possibility to become top ranked test team. South Africa is leading the test rankings and Sri Lanka is taking in the second position. India is closer from them. Indian cricket team is leading the 3-match test series 1-0 after winning the second test match by an innings and 144 runs in Kanpur. If India can finish the test series with a victory then India will leapfrog both of them and stay in the top chart. I think one question may rise in your mind that if India finishes the test series with a draw or defeat then what will happen. If India failed to get victory or loss to Sri Lanka then they will stay in their position. They can not proceed in the rankings.

Just 36 years after, India is going to play a test match in Brabourne Stadium. This venue only hosted 17 test matches where last test match was played between India and England in 1973. Host team has good record in this venue. In their previous 17 matches they won 4 matches and lost only 2 matches. Other matches finished with draw.

The absence of Gautam Gambhir from 3rd test match will put India team under huge pressure. Gautam Gambhir is one of the in form players in India team. He scored centuries in the last two test matches against Sri Lanka. He will miss the 3rd test because he will attend his sister’s wedding on Thursday. However, this left-hander player will be replaced by Murali Vijay. I am not sure if Murali Vijay can fit himself for Gambhir’s replacement.

However, Sri Lanka is in good form. But the main problem is that their spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan can not play any effective role. You already know that this test series is the last away series for Muttiah Muralitharan. That is why, Sri Lanka should struggle hard to finish the series with a victory for Muralitharan dream farewell.

I am eagerly waiting to see this exciting and competitive match. Who do you think can win the match: India or Sri Lanka?

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