Colombo: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews won the toss and sent India in to bat in the decisive final Test at the Sinhalese sports club in Colombo on Friday.
The series is tied 1-1 after Sri Lanka won the opening Test in Galle by 63 runs and India drew level with a 278-run win in the second match at the P. Sara Oval in Colombo on Monday.
Three changes for Sri Lanka -- Sanga is obviously out, Jehan Mubarak and Dushmantha Chameera dropped, Upul Tharanga and Nuwan Pradeep return, while Kusal Perera makes his debut.
The tourists were forced to make a couple of changes, replacing the injured duo of opener Murali Vijay and wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha. Naman Ojha becomes the 285th Test player for India and Cheteshwar Pujara slots into the XI, as opener, for the first time since the Melbourne Test last year
Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Upul Tharanga, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews (capt.), Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Perera (wk), Dhammika Prasad, Rangana Herath, Tharindu Kaushal, Nuwan Pradeep
India: Cheteshwar Pujara, Lokesh Rahul, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli (capt.), Rohit Sharma, Stuart Binny, Naman Ojha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav