Sri Lanka v West Indies, 3rd Test, Pallekele October 30, 2010

Sangakkara expects turn from new track


Having come back strongly in the second Test against West Indies, Sri Lanka are likely to field an unchanged team for the decisive third Test against West Indies in Pallakele.

"Barring injuries not many changes are likely," the home captain Kumar Sangakkara said. "We will have to see how the guys pull up after today's practice. We will probably decide whether a change is needed in the spin department, but other than that I think we are fine."

Sri Lanka who have not lost a home Test series since 2006 and Sangakkara said he would be disappointed if his team could not win this series, tied 0-0 going into the decider.

"The series will be decided in this Test, provided there's play on all five days," Sangakkara said. "We have to be positive and keep thinking that we can beat West Indies by playing some good cricket. We have improved in the last Test and we need to keep getting better and hopefully we need to play some solid cricket.

"It looks a good wicket but there's still a bit of rain. Unfortunately with the weather around you have to see what it does. It looks drier than the R Premadasa Stadium wicket. In Kandy, conditions can change early morning. It helps all the bowlers from the first day onwards. It's good to bat on. It will be a wicket where it'll be difficult to bat on in the first hour maybe, but will probably get better.

"Hopefully it will be better than R Premadasa, in the sense more bounce and pace, so that batsmen can play shots even on the first day. Other than that, I think, it will help all the bowlers. We are expecting it to break up sooner and help our spinners."

Sangakkara compared the new stadium to the ground in Centurion, South Africa. "I honestly think that this will be the nicest stadium of all when it's finished. It looks fantastic. The view for the crowd is nice. Once it's finished it will be nice. When they started it was like Centurion. It's a long walk and it's a beautiful ground."

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  • Shane on December 1, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    @harsh_vardhan2002, Then why do you care to post comments???

  • Shane on December 1, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    @BigGeorgeMehemood, In your dreams mate. In your dreams!.

  • Aditha on December 1, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    @ BigGeorge : hell of a prediction huh ? :p will see will see...hope this weather wont bother this game much...hoping to see good cricket from both sides..and SL has a better chance here in Kandy for sure !!

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  • Harshvardhan on December 1, 2010, 3:39 GMT

    nobody is interested in watching drawn test matches on dead flat feather beds of srilanka not even rains

  • Dummy4 on December 1, 2010, 2:59 GMT

    @ BigGeorgeMehemood Dream only dear, but not reality.See what happend to them at the Premadasa.SL had a lead and gave them but 12/2 in 11overs isnt it?... Don't dream like that come to reality.

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  • ramu on November 30, 2010, 23:48 GMT

    Like I say, West Indies will hammer Sri Lanku dis match..give dem a sound whipping. Sanga wouldnt do nothing dis test. Him get dropped when pan only 2, so dis match no break fuh him. Chandra will mek minimum 150 and Grayle 150 each...dat is it fuh SL..finish dem off!

  • Dummy4 on November 30, 2010, 22:19 GMT

    i'm not entirely sure of the details but the Asgiriya Stadium didn't belong to the BCCSL, and they had to lease it from a local school.. so It's probably a hassle having to deal with them all the time.. I think in the long run having a BCCSL run stadium in Kandy is good. They should add one more in Jaffna to bring some international cricket to the good folks up there as well.

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