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Raina down with flu, doubtful for third ODI

December 21, 2009 10:39 IST

Suresh RainaIndia were dealt another big blow ahead of the third One-Day International against Sri Lanka in Cuttack on Monday when Suresh Raina was rendered doubtful for the match after complaining of high fever.

It is not clear as to whether the youngster is suffering from H1N1 virus or a normal flu and the decision on his availability for the match would be taken later in the day after assessing his condition.

India is already missing the services of captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is serving a two-match ban for the team's slow over rate during the second One-Day International in Nagpur on Friday, which Sri Lanka won by three wickets.

Virender Sehwag will take over as the captain for the next two matches in Dhoni's absence while batting mainstay Yuvraj Singh is also expected to make a comeback after missing the last two matches due to injury.

The five-match series is level at 1-1 after India won the first match in Rajkot by a narrow three-run margin but went down in the second match.