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Gambhir to miss third Test, Harbhajan doubtful

August 02, 2010 17:12 IST

Gautam GambhirIndia opener Gautam Gambhir was ruled out of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka beginning in Colombo on Tuesday after failing to recover from a knee injury which forced him to miss the drawn second Test.

Gambhir's absence means Murali Vijay will again open the innings with Virender Sehwag, in a must-win match for the Indians at the P Sara Oval.

Sri Lanka lead the series 1-0 after winning the first match, while the second ended in a high-scoring dull draw.

Vijay gave a good account of himself in the second Test, when he scored a half-century in the first innings.

Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who missed Sunday's practice session, also seems a doubtful starter.

However, the team management insisted that the off-spinner's injury is not serious and he is only suffering from a minor side strain.

Both Gambhir and Harbhajan have also been rested for the forthcoming tri-series in Sri Lanka also featuring New Zealand.

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