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How India handed Lankans their worst Test defeat

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The current Sri Lankan side are hoping to avoid the 0-3 loss inflicted by the 2004 Australian tourists / Getty

So, Sri Lanka now have four fast bowling options, and having gone with just the one pacer in the last Test, they are extremely unlikely to do the same again. India suffered a major blow when all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was handed a one match suspension by ICC after he had accumulated six demerit points inside the two-year time period.

India clinched the 3 match Test series 2-0 against hosts Sri Lanka by defeating them in the second test at Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo, Sri Lanka. While the one change is definite, what will be interesting to see is if there will be more as Virat Kohli's side looks for a whitewash against Sri Lanka. Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane scored a century each for India, while Kusal Mendis played a brilliant knock of 110 runs in Sri Lanka's final innings. He was overlooked for the Test series against Bangladesh.

As a result, India are likely to stick to a similar playing XI, with R Ashwin joined in the spinning stakes by Kuldeep Yadav. However, India will find it hard to do so as they aren't familiar with the conditions in Pallekele.

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Members of the Indian cricket team enjoyed some down time by paying a visit to Ashok Vatika, a garden in Sita Eliya in the former kingdom of Ravana as mentioned in the Vishnu Purana and Hindu epic, Ramayana, ahead of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka, starting on Saturday.

Sri Lanka called up the pace duo after seamer Nuwan Pradeep and veteran spinner Rangana Herath were ruled out of the match.

Despite their form, wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha insists India are taking nothing for granted. "Our process is match by match", he said. "We will try to be consistent and if we do then we can win". It was a cakewalk for Virat Kohli and his men who sealed the series after winning the second match by an innings and 53 runs.

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