India First Clean Sweep in Sri Lanka
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India Vs Sri Lanka 3rd Test: India is just one step from recording their first clean sweep in Sri Lanka. India is already 2-0 up in the three-match series. Now, all it would take them is just a win, which given Lanka's poor show in the first two Tests, doesn't really sound to be a big deal.
An innings win, the first ever on Lankan soil, gave wings to India's mission clean sweep. And if they continue their all-round wizardry in the third Test as well, it would be India's first clean sweep in Sri Lanka. Kohli's brigade has been thoroughly dominant no this Lankan tour, winning the first Test by 304 runs and the second one by an innings and 53 runs. More importantly, it is India's eighth successive series win.
A series of poor results messed by successive injuries to their gloom would no longer be Lanka's memorabilia. The hosts wouldn't have thought to get out so cheaply just ahead of the third Test. It's over now as there is no way for them to comeback. Their injury list kept increasing match after match, in fact innings after innings. They would now require all their available sources to repay the expected if not more. And the biggest challenge for them is to avoid India's first clean sweep in Sri Lanka.
The series is already out of Sri Lanka's reach; all that will make them toil in India Vs Sri Lanka 3rd Test is an escape from the near-possible clean sweep, India's first in Sri Lanka. Will they? This has a well-reasoned question mark apparently because they have been off-colored throughout in all the three departments. More to their worries, they will be in the third Test without their key players, including Rangana Herath, Nuwan Pradeep and Danushka Gunathilaka.
Will the third Test at Pallekele result in India's first clean sweep in Sri Lanka?