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Sri Lanka hope weather holds for decider

cricket Updated: Nov 30, 2010 23:48 IST
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Sri Lanka and the West Indies are hoping a new test ground can provide improved weather as they look for a result in the third and final test.

After two rain-affected draws, the teams head to Pallekelle, a few kilometers from the central city of Kandy, which is Sri Lanka's eighth and newest test venue. The ground will also host several matches of the 2011 World Cup that Sri Lanka will co-host with India and Bangladesh.

It's disappointing not to win a test. In Galle we were outplayed by the West Indies but in Colombo we had most of the game under control. If we had at least three and half or four full days' play a win was possible on that track," Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara said.

Sri Lanka haven't lost a test series at home since a defeat to Pakistan in 2006 and will be under pressure to maintain the record. Sangakkara was confident the pressure will bring the best out of his team.

West Indies coach Ottis Gibson also praised the team's performance: "We are still in with a chance, an opportunity to win the series is massive for us especially in the subcontinent. I can't tell you the last time we won in the subcontinent. To be also in with a chance of winning here still is exciting and all the players are aware of that."