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Malinga still uncertain for third Test: Sangakkara

cricket Updated: Aug 02, 2010 19:29 IST

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Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara on Monday said although fast bowler Lasith Malinga, who missed the second cricket Test against India with a knee injury, has recovered he is still uncertain for the third and final match of the series starting in Colombo on Tuesday.

Malinga had a good bowling session on Monday but Sangakkara said it would be a tough call to take a final decision on the pacer's selection.

"Malinga is back and strong. He had a good bowl today but wait for an update. It's a pretty tough call (on Malinga's selection). Ultimately, it's a feel thing. Malinga has to feel fine and strong not just physically but more importantly mentally and it is important that he is supported by the squad, the selectors irrespective of whatever happens out there in the middle," Sangakkara told reporters on the eve of the match.

Asked about opener Tharanga Paranavitana's condition, Sangakkara said, "Tharanga Paranavitana is fine. He got hit on his unprotected left hand while being at the non striker's end when Dilshan smashed one back at him. He's fine."

Sangakkara said the P'Sara wicket here is looking good but reckoned it would be difficult to get all 20 Indian wickets.

"It's a pretty good wicket and it depends how you play on that. Looks can be deceiving in Sri Lanka especially. As long as both the sides keep playing the way they played over the past two Test matches, I think there will be a result," he said.

"We just want to try and win the Test match starting tomorrow. Our focus is playing good cricket on all the five days putting enough pressure on the Indians and getting their 20 wickets which won't be easy on any pitch," he added.