India v Sri Lanka, Asia Cup, Fatullah February 27, 2014

India, Sri Lanka look to renew relationship

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Match facts


Friday, February 28
Start time 1400 local (0800 GMT)

Big picture


India and Sri Lanka have been guilty of indulging each other in the past, they are the most frequently paired-up opponents in ODI cricket, but this one promises to be different. For starters it has been seven months since they played against each other. More importantly they are playing in a tournament whose every match is crucial by the way of a difficult qualification for the final. Only two teams out of five progress, and there is no way any game can be taken lightly.

These two are young, fresh-looking teams. So gone out should be the contemptuous familiarity that used to fill up the air around an India-Sri Lanka contest. For the first time in a long time, each team has established players whose main body of work hasn't come against the other. Shikhar Dhawan has played only four matches against Sri Lanka. Dinesh Chandimal has played 14 out of 78 against India. There are new players coming through such as Chaturanga de Silva and Ambati Rayudu. In the likes, however, of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, and Kumar Sangakkara and Lasith Malinga, this is a mere renewal of vows. In a new setting, under new captains, just to add a little spice to the relationship.

A familiar script should run through this coming back: both the teams will be eager to chase. India love chasing, and dew is never too far in the evenings. Sri Lanka, who won their first match batting first against Pakistan, know India are different. They will want Indian bowlers, their weaker suit, to be in the middle when the key parts of the match are being played out.

Form guide

(last five matches, most recent first)
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In the spotlight

News that R Ashwin has made significant changes to his action is hardly news at all. People can read through such sentences without pausing to even think because Ashwin keeps playing around with it so often; it could be a sign of either excessive confidence in his basic skill or excessive fidgetiness, but it fails to make people wait with bated breath to see what is in store. In India's first match of this Asia Cup, though, Ashwin stunned even the most jaded of Aswhin observers. For arguably the first time in his career, he was photographed wearing full sleeves on a cricket field. And he hadn't just made significant changes to his action, he had got himself a completely new one. Wonder what is coming next.

One man who doesn't need to change or fiddle with things is Lasith Malinga, who took five wickets in 14 balls to derail what looked like a routine chase. That, though, was Pakistan, who are known to make routine difficult. Against India his career average of 27 inflates to 42, and economy rate jumps from 5.15 to 5.95. The last time he played India he went for a comfortable 58 runs in a match that required a last over for 202 to be chased down. His Hobart harassment is still the most stunning of all. Malinga will want to correct this poor record against India.

Team news


India don't like to play around with their combination, but Varun Aaron's poor control in the first match might make way for Ishwar Pandey.

India (probable) 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Virat Kohli (capt.), 4 Ajinkya Rahane, 5 Ambati Rayudu, 6 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Varun Aaron/Ishwar Pandey

Sri Lanka will want to keep the winning combination going.

Sri Lanka (probable) 1 Kusal Perera, 2 Lahiru Thirimanne, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Mahela Jayawardene, 5 Dinesh Chandimal, 6 Angelo Mathews (capt.), 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Chaturanga de Silva, 9 Sachithra Senanayake, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Suranga Lakmal

Pitch and conditions


These are fairly good batting conditions and a lightning quick outfield so a huge total can't be too far away.

Stats and trivia


  • R Ashwin needs two strikes to reach 100 ODI wickets. If he does this in this match, his 77th, he will be the seventh-fastest Indian there. Irfan Pathan, at 59 matches, is the fastest Indian to the mark. Harbhajan Singh, the sixth-fastest, took his 100th in his 76th match.

  • This is the 144th ODI between India and Sri Lanka. No two teams have played each other this often. Pakistan-Sri Lanka is second at 138, and Australia-West Indies third at 135.

Quotes

"We always bank on him in pressure situations. He's been our best bowler for so many years, and we always throw the ball to him, and he knows exactly what he has to do."
Angelo Mathews on Lasith Malinga

"Joey [Dawes, the bowling coach] is really working hard with the bowlers in the nets, and that is really crucial. On this wicket, I think the bowlers did really well. Bhuvi and Shami later on bowled wicket to wicket, and it was not easy to hit that length." "
Ajinkya Rahane doesn't mind India's bowling

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on February 27, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    SL has little edge as compared to India due to their experience and variety. They got more depth in batting and more variety in the bowling department. Sanga is an old vintage with Mahela, Mathews as a great company for him. Bowling has Malinga and others who are decent if not as great as Lasitha. In current situation I rate Lanka as a favorite to win. Indians without MSD on the given day may outperform Lanka provided better work by their openers, Ashwin and the 3rd seemer.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on February 28, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    SL should have bat first. India will easily get whatever score SL put on.

  • ms2000 on February 28, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    INDIA and PAKISTAN, please dont get into unwanted arguments over this match. The beter side on the day will win. hope for a good game. sri lankan fan

  • on February 28, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    Agarkar was the fastest to 100 wickets in ODI not Irfan Pathan...

  • on February 28, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    Very difficult for India to win Asia Cup. The bowling attack is below Afganistan Standards. Afgan bowling looked word class in front of Indian bowling. Able to restrict Pak , less than what India could against Bangladesh. Our batting after Rahane does not have experience or confidence . Only dew can save us, so win as much toss as possible and bat second.

  • GRVJPR on February 28, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    Why medium pacer for an out and out fast bowler. Would have accepted a spinner. But it strengthens the batting more. 340 on cards against mediocre sri lankan attack, even with no experience in our batting.

  • BustIPL on February 28, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    SL have a wonderful chance here being in Bangladesh for many weeks now and already have faced one of the stronger opposition already in pak. I foresee another kohli classic as indian bowling will set him another 300+ chase.

  • on February 28, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    it's gonna be tough day for Indians lets hope our bowlers sticks to wicket to wicket delivery and binny May play majore role in this condition good luck guys

  • Haider-pak-awsome on February 28, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    @Blade-Runner, Did "Sanga" walk out edging the ball. The whole world knows which team had displayed "Unsporting" action in UAE test by bowling "Round the wicket" pitching a feet outside the leg stump and having 9 fielder on the "ON" side. Well, that may be very sporting action in SL dictionary, right?

  • Sunny_014 on February 28, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    Ashwin is quite late reaching 100 wkts.He started superbly but faded eventually.. But Shami promises to break Irfans record and take 100 wkts in no more than 55 matches! Lets wait and Watch...

  • on February 27, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    SL has little edge as compared to India due to their experience and variety. They got more depth in batting and more variety in the bowling department. Sanga is an old vintage with Mahela, Mathews as a great company for him. Bowling has Malinga and others who are decent if not as great as Lasitha. In current situation I rate Lanka as a favorite to win. Indians without MSD on the given day may outperform Lanka provided better work by their openers, Ashwin and the 3rd seemer.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on February 28, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    SL should have bat first. India will easily get whatever score SL put on.

  • ms2000 on February 28, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    INDIA and PAKISTAN, please dont get into unwanted arguments over this match. The beter side on the day will win. hope for a good game. sri lankan fan

  • on February 28, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    Agarkar was the fastest to 100 wickets in ODI not Irfan Pathan...

  • on February 28, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    Very difficult for India to win Asia Cup. The bowling attack is below Afganistan Standards. Afgan bowling looked word class in front of Indian bowling. Able to restrict Pak , less than what India could against Bangladesh. Our batting after Rahane does not have experience or confidence . Only dew can save us, so win as much toss as possible and bat second.

  • GRVJPR on February 28, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    Why medium pacer for an out and out fast bowler. Would have accepted a spinner. But it strengthens the batting more. 340 on cards against mediocre sri lankan attack, even with no experience in our batting.

  • BustIPL on February 28, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    SL have a wonderful chance here being in Bangladesh for many weeks now and already have faced one of the stronger opposition already in pak. I foresee another kohli classic as indian bowling will set him another 300+ chase.

  • on February 28, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    it's gonna be tough day for Indians lets hope our bowlers sticks to wicket to wicket delivery and binny May play majore role in this condition good luck guys

  • Haider-pak-awsome on February 28, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    @Blade-Runner, Did "Sanga" walk out edging the ball. The whole world knows which team had displayed "Unsporting" action in UAE test by bowling "Round the wicket" pitching a feet outside the leg stump and having 9 fielder on the "ON" side. Well, that may be very sporting action in SL dictionary, right?

  • Sunny_014 on February 28, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    Ashwin is quite late reaching 100 wkts.He started superbly but faded eventually.. But Shami promises to break Irfans record and take 100 wkts in no more than 55 matches! Lets wait and Watch...

  • on February 28, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    Instead of Dhawan Binny may be included in the squad. Dhawan is continuously out of form in the ODI Series. He didnt shined well with Newzealand and not with Bangladesh too. If Binny comes in He can bowl for a few overs. Regarding Bowling part once again it proved its weakness. Aaron went too expensive against Bangladesh. More over he is injured. Hence Ishwar can have his Debut game today. Will Kohli consider this??? Its still a big question mark why Mishra being in the Squad but not included for any matches.

  • kanikandy on February 28, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    i dont think Mathewes is a good caotain.He has all the resources but he dosn't use them.He should apply more presure to the batsmen specially when a wicket is fal & new batsman come to the crease'This is key for the victory.Even for Kholi when he comes to the crease there should be enough pressur on him.If Mathewes waits till indian batmen getting out themslves then the mach is gone. '

  • on February 28, 2014, 7:26 GMT

    bat second and win the match thts it.. but waana see india win by batting 1st....

  • spinkingKK on February 28, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    My prediction is India by 20 odd runs or 4 wickets. SriLankans have been winning a lot. Law of average tells me, they are due for a loss. India got a very run-hungry batting line-up. Bowling and fielding also looks good. Praveen Kumar would have been handy to have against a team like Sri Lanka. But, hopefully, Bhuvi can do something similar. India will miss Dhoni. But, Karthik (In my opinion, India's best batsman across all formats along with Kohli) might provide something different to make Dhoni's absence a blessing in disguise. My original prediction before the start of the tournament was an unbeaten run for the Indians in the league phase. I will still stick to it.

  • on February 28, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    Will malinga make pressure on india

  • Blade-Runner on February 28, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    @Haiderpakawsome; You mean that Misbah will bat even after edging the ball a few times and giving some Oscar winning performance to dupe the umpire ? Yeah, we've seen it. You can also thank those umpires for that hard fought win against Afghanistan a well. Pakistan didn't win the match yesterday. Its just Afghanistan got screwed over by the umpires. Btw, I hope Sri Lanka will never play against unsporting Pakistan.

  • on February 28, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    I am plesantly surprised at the mild tone of comments from the SL fans in the thread. Its good to see that there is respect for India's ability behind the facade. Guess nobody wants to stick their neck out now. Sri Lanka always play under pressure against India. They had the mental edge in the 1990 but not any more. India SL games are always close and the mentally strong team wins. India is mentally strong team with belief. They always put up a strong fight.

  • on February 28, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    Come on Sri Lanka. You are much more stable than India would ever be. India are scratching their heads trying to get their team right. Thankfully the games are not played in India when they get up to everything but cricket. Sri Lanka this is your opportunity to start the way you intend to carry on. Show them the pavilion.

  • Haider-pak-awsome on February 28, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    Both the team have mediocre bowling. It is going to be a quarter final for both India & SL. The winner (if manage to win against AFG) would face PAK in the finals.

  • on February 28, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    I Think iNDIA Bat First bcoz Indian opening pair can good start against sri lanka in bat first position .....

  • on February 28, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    I want Kohli to bring Ishwar Pandey in place of Varun Aron as he could not bowl any worse than what Varun Aron bowled the other day. It will also give Kohli a chance to evaluate which of these two bowler should play against Pakistan. Of all the teams playing in this tournament only Sri Lanka have a balanced side. Pakistan team is dependent on its highly potent attack while India is dependent, as always on it batting.Though this time our batting is also inexperienced. SL are my favourite going into this match.Best of luck to both teams.

  • Maqsood_aalam on February 28, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    Haiderpakawsome on (February 28, 2014, 2:02 GMT)

    You called them Club level. Dude, Club level bowlers are much better in shape & architecture than street level or corridor/ gallery/gully level. Having said that they are not up to even corridor level. So it would be obvious that our tailenders like Anwar/Gul/Ajmal can easily thrashed them. What to say about Top 5?

  • on February 28, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    Indian batting line up is strong . As a Sri Lankan i always love to see India loosing to any team. Good luck Lions

  • Malik_Murad on February 28, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    the problem playing against IND is that the opponent doesn't have an idea how much total they put while batting first and when the opponent bowls first they have to bowl really well to keep the Indian batsmen under control. This phenomena has kept the team playing against IND always under pressure from the word go.

  • Naked_Cricket on February 28, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    Bhaji is good than Ashwin. I believe selectors and dhoni haven't got good faith on Bahji . And he is not a Big head guy like some others in current indian team. I'm not Indian Fan.

  • on February 28, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    Malinga will want to correct this poor record against India. Against India his career average of 27 inflates to 42, and economy rate jumps from 5.15 to 5.95.

  • Cricsnake on February 28, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    It's a happy day after long time; both SL & Indian fans greet each other? is this a dream? Anyway best wishes to both teams to play good cricket as a friendly context. Anyway, as a Sri Lankan I had to say that Kohli would be the ODI Bradman in the near future. He will score at least 60+ centuries during his career. He will finish with a career average of 75+ if he continues this form. He might mature with age & play better in tests too. He will break many of Sachin's records & even his reputation as the greatest Indian cricketer. Good luck to this brilliant youngster. Anyway SL should bowl at their best. Kohli's wicket is crucial. Good Luck to Both teams.

  • on February 28, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    Iindian Playing 11 - Dhawan Rahane Kohli Pujara Rohit Karthik binny jadeja Ashwin bhuvi Shami

  • on February 28, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    india will lose this easily . the batting is weak except for kohli . bowling is poor also

  • uttis on February 28, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    I feel Karthik is the weak link in the batting, not sure why there is so much hype around him. I've seen him hardly perform in ODI's and win a match. Why can't we have Rayudu as keeper and get in Pujara as specialist batsmen

  • on February 28, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    I think SL gonna loose this! Everytime they see India they haven't perform recently

  • babilo on February 28, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    there may be good encounter in this afternoon. I have to admit in advance Indian Team is Favorite since, They are sound in all departments unlike SL.SL bowling is weak compared to India.

  • Yousufahmed1 on February 28, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    Good to see some positive comments from IND and SL fans. We have been commenting negatively for very long against each other Including me. I hope the best team win. Mind says SL but heart says IND. I hope their is a tight contest. If Shikhar scores a 100 then our chances will improve drastically. I am still not convinced with Rohit, after playing so many matches you can not rely on him. On the other hand Kohli will again be the difference. I feel Aaron gets another chance. Him and shami can become a brilliant bowling pair. Shami is already our best bowler. Bhuvi can be a good death bowler but somehow our captains don't have believe in him. He bowls good yorkers. Best of luck to both teams.

  • on February 28, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    Sri Lanka (Should be) 1 Kusal Perera, 2 Lahiru Thirimanne, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Mahela Jayawardene, 5 Dinesh Chandimal, 6 Angelo Mathews (capt.), 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Ajantha Mendis,, 9 Sachithra Senanayake, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Suranga Lakmal

    Because today win is very very important to Sri Lanka

  • on February 28, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    Sides are balanced. All are looking at Kohli. Like Afridi Sewag andSanath Jayasooriya can you depend on one man to win. Therefor if Kohli fails india will fail.

  • NP_NY on February 28, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    Have to admit that for the first time in several years, SL looks stronger than India. Half the Indiian squad is different from the team that last played SL 7 months ago. India is also missing the number one finisher in the world. So India can't just go by history and be over-confident. Should be a close contest though. Go India!

  • on February 28, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    @haiderpakawsome. how about misbah and akmal got out some how? then threre will be nothing to watch play cricket...lakmal and malinga will enough to bat on.. ha ha ha

  • susilthechanger on February 28, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    Sl is a good team..and their performance is increasing match by match..but i think that India will mange easily overcome that hurdle easily by another century from Virat kohli

  • Iceman29 on February 28, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    @ kanikandy: Though i agree with you partly about SL's growth but i feel its still early days to come to conclusion about some of SL's new player's capability..but I personally think some of them are improving very fast and the team is building up nicely...

  • feed on February 28, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    India has good chances if the openers build a total and ashwin bowls well. Thanks to our team selectors as ishant is not there and so we have very good chances. Do not think negative has to be the mantra.

  • on February 28, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    @rajasekaran paramasivam. Why dont you put srilanka to at no 5 of the Asia cup.? india only play cricket.. others play with luck. come on mate... how can you be champions without competitive teams..? it'll be like clap with one hand. whats wrong with you guys?

  • nothingnew on February 28, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    don't worry . there is huge chance to win today's match for sri lanka . IF MDKJ scores 100 sure sri lanka will be winning side . don't bad luck india for today . Your bowling attack is not good for our batsman to keep calm . we can score runs . we can build the partnership . we can finish the game with flying colors . Indian will loose today . bcos all the batsman in sri lanka are inform . good luck sri lanka today

  • on February 28, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    India off late has been very poor in the starting few overs. If India gets a very good start at the beginning and playing out Malinga then India has good chance of win. If Malinga breaks through early then Sri Lanka would have the upper hand through out. Though he is a good bet for long term with good pace but for being so wayward in the last match Varun Aron should be replaced by Ishwar Pandey for this match. And Bhuvenesh Kumar should be given his full quoata of 10 overs he is consistently being under bowled

  • on February 28, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    @Mr. CricketJKNotHussey... So there is no point saying any effect on Dhavans batting failure due to Rohit. Since SA Dhavan is struggling to find form in ODIs. Can we say there also due to Rohit Dhavan struggled ? I don't know why everybody is behind Rohit. Everybody is always keep on saying Rohit played over 110 ODIs. 21 fifties, 4 hundreds with 36 average. Nobody is happy with it. After sparkling 2013 in last 7 ODIs Rohit scored 19, 14, 3, 20, 39, 79, 4 and 21. On difficult batting track it can't be bad performance where every batsmen struggles. Rahane, Dhavan all struggles. Even Virat struggles. But only to bring Pujara we want to keep Rohit out. We are creating so many reasons. The fresh one is due to Rohit defensive approach initially, Shikhar fails. Dear friends there is no question about Pujaras class. But what is point to remove so much experienced batsman? Next WC this Ibdian team will be performing in NZ. So current experience is definately going to help them. All the best Ind

  • MichaelBurton on February 28, 2014, 6:18 GMT

    @SriLankanYoungBlood : I don't think what you say is correct. SL won 1 ODI drawing the ODI series and won the T20. But, you didn't get whitewashed as we did.

  • indiasupbangalore on February 28, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    By the looks of it malinga looked tired in the last game against pak, of course he was mom but he does not look that lethal malinga that he was few years back, pak throw the match away from a winning position, I am not sure whether it was because of malinga's magic or just poor shot selection from pak batsman, today game will tell. If Ind field second SL has higher edge of winning, can't they start the match in the morning to take the due out of the equation !!

  • on February 28, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    in these conditions, it seems that Srilanka is the heavier side then India, And if today, India would be lose, the chances of win the next match of Pakistan will be increases automatically.

  • MichaelBurton on February 28, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    @SriLankanYoungBlood : I don't think what you say is correct. SL won 1 ODI drawing the ODI series and won the T20. But, you didn't get whitewashed as we did.

  • on February 28, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    Sri lanka should only concentrate on getting out Kholi. If you got Kholi you got India. That's the story being recently.

  • ravigawa123 on February 28, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    stuart binny should include in playing 11.

  • on February 28, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    In present Asia Cup format every match is equivalent to semi final. India and SL match is crucial for both teams particularly when Pakistan got an additional bonus point yesterday.

  • on February 28, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    @Mr. Cricket JKNotHussey. Sir this logic is not perfect. With same Rohit Sharma Dhavan too scored 1000 plus runs in 2013. If you analysis all past great opening paired like Greenidge Haynes, Gavaskar Srikant, Atapattu Jaysurya, Boon Marsh etc every pair had contrast characteristic. But we haven't seen any negative effect of each other's performance. We can't expect everyone to play always like Sehwag. It's a 50 over match and we should calculate performance of agrigate 50 overs. Watch all performances since CT. Rohit players like this. He started 7 of 27 balls, 25 of 42 balls, 50 of 70 balls, 75 of 91 balls, 100 of 103 balls and reached 209 of 142 balls. It's his style. What we saw in last match, Rahane applied same game. Rahane was about 7 in first 20 balls with that over point 6. Was on 25 in about 40 deliveries and finishes 72 about 83 deliveries. He came to batting India needed 6 runs per over. But have you observed any effect on non striker end ? .....contd

  • on February 28, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    SL is looking Confident According to their Performance in the BD through one month. And Bowling and Batting Departments of SL looking Pretty Decent it is lead By Old Folks. and also youngsters also doing their job in a very decent manner specially Senanayake, Thirimane, Lakmal and Thisara. debutante also doing well. Mathews has improved lot through his captaincy and his all round performance, alwasy he pals the captains innings through his batting and bowling as well. so Sl have more possibility to win this game. meanwhile india also looking good with their young side under the captaicy of kohli, after huge misery they marked their 1st victory Kohli is in good form, and I am sure we can have another thrilling end

  • on February 28, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    Sri Lanka certainly have the edge over this average Indian side.Virat Kohli's wicket will be a decider. If Sri Lankans can get rid off him quickly then the match will be in favor of SL. Love to see the wonderful strokes of Kohli but for sure not today... All the best Lions!!!!!!

  • ISB_ACC on February 28, 2014, 5:51 GMT

    Poor indian are dreaming.... Vary sad about that.... 99.9% sure.... Sri lankans are will win this match

  • on February 28, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    It will be a Great Battle between Kohli and Mattews. Well if India bats first, interesting what will happen like it happened to PAK yesterday.

    But looking for a better match hope everyone put away the personal fights and enjoy the match...

  • priceless1 on February 28, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    i think who ever bat second will win

  • cricketisagame on February 28, 2014, 5:35 GMT

    I agree with few people here when in comes to Indian team's preparation for world cup. We need Seaming all rounders and Binny should be given a go. My 11 for the world cup is : Dhawan, Rahane, Kohli, Pujara, I Pathn (seaming all-rounder) MSD, Jaddu (lone spinning allrounder) S Binny (seaming allrounder) B Kumar (seamer) M Shami (seamer) and either I Pandey/U Yadav/P Singh, P Awana/M Sharma (seamer) No ishant or Rohit Sharma please.

  • on February 28, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    i don't why too much importance is given to this ordinary spinner called Ashwin. instead of giving chance to Amit Mishra every body keeps himself busy in figuring out what happened to this "greatest bowler of all time"...

  • schitila on February 28, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    question to Sidharth Monga : "These two are young, fresh-looking teams" really ? with Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene & Malinga they have the most exp team in ASIA cup or even with all teams

  • Iceman29 on February 28, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    @Sri_Lankan_Fan: Age is also a factor my friend, Sachin's and Bradman's was a special case..Sachin was consistent till he retired..one has to possess great character and talent to be like Sachin, Kallis, Bradman etc..... ..cant say Kohli will perform consistently throughout his career.....to keep performing like this after 30 or 32 will be difficult, will see how he handles that....

  • on February 28, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    rickey shankin good morning Mr manjarekar i am asking u that why not giving chance to STR Binny as giving to rahane or ambatti rayudu? he is an good allrounder .but in NZ he played only match & given only 1 over to bowl . its going like this who can he show his talent ? so pls give more chance to STR Binny .if he get a chance he will be next watson of mathews for INDIA .so pls give more chances .

  • on February 28, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    Every game is crucial as the road ro the final is not that easy As both the teams need to top the table inorder to top the ranking table ; having NRR in mind aswell ; Afganistan is surely a team to watch out for For me their batting needs to click and if they win , for me it won't be an upset.. and they just need to win one game against these major teams and their confidence level would be head high All the very best to them aswell It's great to see their team spirit and enthusiasm May they bring happiness in the form of success to their country (coming from an Indian Punjabu fan)

  • nilb on February 28, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    No ones going to beat flat track bullies on a flat tracks. If SL bats first India's going to chase down whatever the score. If IND bats first good luck chasing that score against a world class spin attack and average fast bowling attack. With or without Dhoni SL do not have a chance.

  • on February 28, 2014, 5:22 GMT

    I am surprised that people are giving edge to Sri Lanka as I think its India who are more likely to win this...

  • on February 28, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    Talking particularly about India's bowling :

    Nothing is wrong as such if we talk about the bowlers' talent and ability The only problem with India is that the captains ; both Dhoni and Kohli need to rotate their bowlers better Easy runs should'nt be let as they are in the middle and death part of their bowling innings The skippers need to be aggressive when it comes to field placements and need to take a fewal brave decisions in the field aswell India's fielding is undoubtedly more than decent Run flow should force the captain to tighten the field and put more pressure on the batting side ; this would inturn boost the confidence of the bowlers and will definitely perform better and bowl according to their potential eg Slips should be placed in the majority parr of the innings ; they give a psycological advantage to the bowlers and boost them up

    India's batting: It's time for Rohit to step up and play his natural aggressive game so that he doesn't inturn affect Shikhar's natural game

  • Iceman29 on February 28, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    @ayij: You have a good point there and I totally agree with you bro...Pervez Rasool is a good allrounder who will give balance to this Indian side but the question is will the selectors do justice with him??if he is given chances like Jadeja, Ashwin and Rohit he will be an great asset to the team in the future...

  • on February 28, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    i dont understand why some people are critisizing rayudu. He is a good finisher for Mumbai and actually he has performed during the U-19 world cup. The team shouldnot be changed or tampered with because they need time to settle except Ashwin. Also reading some comments about grooming Binny as seaming all rounder, i feel Rishi Dhawan is better placed with more pace and seaming abilities than Binny. Thanks

  • KANCHANA623 on February 28, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    It will be just a walk in the park for SriLanka.

  • on February 28, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    Wait and see

  • sreehk on February 28, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    India MUST play PUJARA. It is not good to have such a high quality batsman sitting on sidelines. This would dent his confidence. He is not even young. So for him it is now or never, hope the team management does not destroy his career even without giving chances. Amit Mishra's career is finished. It is 1000 times better to rotate a few players and keep them in competitive frame of mind than ruin careers and there is also no appreciable gain to team India either. An ideal case would be for 11 places another 11 should be waiting on the ropes so that who ever is on the field is not lazy or live in the comfort of some Dhoni or so.

  • on February 28, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    Mathews is improving as a captain to be someone like Mahela, Improving as a Allrounder to be someone like Kallis, Improving as a finisher to be someone like Dhoni. I guess together with Kholi, Mathews will also be a great one day.

  • SanjeewaWK on February 28, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    without Dhoni I don't think India can lift the Asia Cup. Kholi is not a captain material. everyone know what happened to Sachin... Mathews now becoming a very good captain... & team is very good. they'll do it...

  • Sri_Lankan_Fan on February 28, 2014, 4:45 GMT

    I hate to admit this , but I think by the time Kohli retires his record will be better than Sachin's or Bradman's. At the rate he's going he'll 100 centuries before he's 30. And chances are India will win today's match.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on February 28, 2014, 4:43 GMT

    If SL want to win this it's necessary to get out Kholi and Karthik as early as possible. These 2 guys not only get tons of runs and bat with high SR like 120-130 then IND can easily get or chase 320+. I am afraid label "Favorite" to SL becoz every time SL go with this label they finally in the loosing side. Eg:last NZ series they went as favorite but finally got only one win thanks to bad light. As Inverse they went to last BD series as less favorite BD2-SL-1 but finally they white wash BD. Hope SL not get things lightly and end with a win

  • kanikandy on February 28, 2014, 4:41 GMT

    @ GRVJPR Yes indai had a godd run against SL for the last few matcehs between two teams.But both teams have gone through some changes & those changes have been positive for SL & negative for IND.Thats the bitternews for IND. There were Shewag,Gambir,Sachin,Riana,Dhoni... when IND were top.Similaly there was a period when Aravinda,Arjuna,Sanath,Kaku werethere SL were top.

  • on February 28, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    Even though Indian line up is good, they have only a single match this year. And they do not have enough experience in Bangladesh compared to Sri Lanka. Moreover, kohli's captaincy is questionable when it comes to the game. The game is more into Sri Lankan side.

  • Siva_Bala75 on February 28, 2014, 4:27 GMT

    Go and Tell Kohli- if you want Bhajji to replace Ashwin. hahaha

  • on February 28, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    I absolutely agree with someone here for the world cup squad. We need seeming allrounder for WC. If India need a spinner, Jaddu should fit ahead of Ashwin for 2 reasons. Jaddu is better bat that Ashwin in ODIs down the order and in Aus conditions Jaddu as a bowler wil do marginally better than Ashwin. My playing eleven for WC would be Dhawan, Rahane, Kohli, Pujara, I Pathan, MSD, Jaddu, S Binny, B Kumar, M Shami and either I Pandey or V Aron. This will be very balanced tean since we have literaaly 5 pacers and a spinner. (with 2 seeming all rounders and a spinning allrounder) Sorry, Sharmas do not have chance .

  • kanikandy on February 28, 2014, 4:22 GMT

    Its a starting of new era for sri lankan cricket.For the last 2 years so SL struggled against India & Pakistan .They played well against AUS ,SA,ENG& others but failed against both IND & PAK.But now they have found a new two or three players who have brought the necessary input to beat PAK & IND.They have started to beat PAK.So i think from now on wards they can beat india more regulaly as they have done in Past when De Silva,Arjuna & Jayasuruia were there .

  • on February 28, 2014, 4:15 GMT

    Jadeja is bowling very well. What India need is another good spinner and Harbhajan may be a good choice as Ashwin seems to be highly dependent on supporting conditions to prosper

  • Kavum on February 28, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    India has wiped the floor with Sri Lanka for some time now. Especially since the 2011 WC final. There was a time in the late 1990's and early 2000's when SL could not lose to India. This is all cyclical. Maybe its time for Mathews and his men to fight back but that man Kohli stands in their way. He is a batsman of immense talent, in supreme form and his current numbers are astronomical. If SL can get VK out cheaply and control the others, they can win. Having overcome Pakistan in a close one, confidence levels should be high. As a SL fan, I hope for an exciting game with our team coming out on top, of course! Best wishes to team SL and the Indian XI. May the Gods bless us all with a good contest.

  • ramtheruler on February 28, 2014, 3:29 GMT

    India is well poised to trash SL, India with a vastly superior batting lineup and bowlers with great spin variety and some express fast like Aaron is well equipped to demolish any side.

  • MH19 on February 28, 2014, 3:16 GMT

    Sri Lanka clear favourites to win this match and also the tournament. So they are nor marginal favourites here at all and tonight it will be proved.

  • nickexplore on February 28, 2014, 3:12 GMT

    Selection dilemma for SL who looked 25 runs short and then a bowler short against Pakistan, despite the mmatch-winning heroics of Malinga. It is a lot to ask of Chaturanga de Silva with only one ODI under his belt, to bowl 10 overs again, this time against the might of India, SL may be better served to bolster the batting and play Ashan Priyanjan, who batted so well against Bangladesh recently. India with Virat Kohli especially are more than capable of chasing down 300 plus, so SL will need all the runs they can muster.

  • on February 28, 2014, 3:05 GMT

    Srilanka has the main batsmans Kumar sngakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Lahiru thirumanne. It is hard for them against India. For me as a Indian still Pakistan brothers are favourites, India second and srilanka will loose against afganisthan. third or may be fourth. Go go Pakistan and India

  • Snambidi on February 28, 2014, 2:56 GMT

    Indeed most familiar Neihbours are going to fight today. Very interesting contest it should be. I regret to note that in the match against Bangladesh,our top class spinner R.Aswin had followed the pattern& Actions of Sunil Narain of WI.Alright he got a wicket too.had Dhoni the Captain I don't think he would have allowed this change in action. He had similarly tried to follow the action of Syed Ajmal also. Though there is strictly speaking there is no harm in doing this new experiments,he should avoid such practice & stick to his own original actions. Syed Ajmal is not at all worth imitating. Aswin should understand that this kind of experiments could ruin his carrier. He should maintain his individuality. Compared to Narain& Ajmal ,Aswin has the added advantage of being a good Player with Bat also. All these virtues he should not sacrifice by trying to follow spinners of other countries. If ,however,heinsists try to follow our own. Anil Kumble. Ajmal's remarks on Sachin was not good!

  • on February 28, 2014, 2:55 GMT

    India need patience,need to learn frm Williamson(NZ)

  • KANCHANA623 on February 28, 2014, 2:28 GMT

    Good game ahead. SriLanka have stronger bowling department which gives them the edge.

  • on February 28, 2014, 2:25 GMT

    Even though m a crazy fan of pakistan team, but I respect the talent India has always brought up to the cricket world. Yes, SriLankans have been playing the recent series against begladesh and are used to the pitches and atmosphere. But hey u never know wd dese indians. If even one of their batsmen clicks, its game over. Yeah their recent form n results might not favour ma statement, but hey the current form their batting line up looks, trust me its dangerous. I appreciate the talent n I wish Indians gud luck. N yes I still vouch for pak ven its pak vs ind. Looking forward for that game too.

  • on February 28, 2014, 2:22 GMT

    srilankans are favourite bcoz they are quite experienced side and India without msd seems to be weaker bcoz it took 3 players to replace Msd virat as a skipper,karthik as a keeper and rayudu as a finisher.

  • Sinhabahu on February 28, 2014, 2:21 GMT

    I was expecting the comments section to be all about India thrashing SL, but I'm surprised to see so many people expecting us to win. Kohli is a machine and a future great, he will definitely be the key wicket. If we manage to get him early, the game will be ours to lose. But if he goes on and scores a century, my money will be on India. As for Varun Aaron, I don't think these flat pitches will do him any good. Having a good long chat with Wasim or Waqar would be much more useful at this stage of his career.

  • dp19668 on February 28, 2014, 2:07 GMT

    Why Pujara is not included in 11 ? What is wrong with Kohali and team management ? Next year world cup in mind he should get enough opportunity to prove his ability to play in one day match. He is another batsman after Kohali who can bat against fast bowling other batsman can play as well as fast bowling but he is the most technically sound batsman.

  • on February 28, 2014, 2:03 GMT

    comparing sanga and malinga with kohli and sharma does not look correct, true kohli is a world class act, but sharma? a mere flat track bully, compared against sanga the classiest batsman in world cricket today.

  • Haider-pak-awsome on February 28, 2014, 2:02 GMT

    @Blade-Runner, right from begining I knew it doesnt take much time for you guys to change the tone. Anyway, I support SL win today. So in finals it become easier for Pak. Also there can't be any bigger luxury then sitting in a lounge and watching Misbah/Akmal thrashing your club level bowlers.

  • on February 28, 2014, 1:55 GMT

    What would be interesting to see how Kusal will bat. We know his strokes are like Sanath's and he also tends to get out like Sanath. If we know anything about Sanath is that how much he loves batting against India. So, will Kusal?

  • AnoMaLy on February 28, 2014, 1:28 GMT

    @mzm149 - Perhaps not the best bowling attack but definitely not the worst. So try again mate. Ind vs Pak is not too far away so try to be a lil humble or you might be laughing at yourself

  • on February 28, 2014, 1:19 GMT

    It's true that India should end this loosing trend. But not TODAY!!!! Cheers!!!

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on February 28, 2014, 1:14 GMT

    The tourney favs. and best all round side-SL-take on unfancied Ind.SL if they bat 1st will look to put up 350+-dew fact.-will be more than enough.Much superior SL bowlers and sprightly fielding will expose Inds chasing weakness to win by big margin/BP.

  • wazza85 on February 28, 2014, 1:12 GMT

    i am a SL fan, an although SL hold a bit of the edge today. i think India will pull it to the end. the Indian batsman are slightly consistent than of the SL youngsters. the reason why i think like this is in the last previous games SL has never been able to pull it through with India. us Sri Lank's think like this is because of the political pressure. well may the best team win today.

  • ISB_ACC on February 28, 2014, 0:52 GMT

    Sri lankan do not want to think about taking 10 wickets. If they manage to get kholis wicket they will win the match......

  • on February 28, 2014, 0:45 GMT

    SL seem to have the edge. It will be difficult for India to win matches with just one pace bowler --Shami.

    In spinning, we seem to have lost Ashwin in his own crazy laboratories. Crazy is the only word I can think of.

    Jadeja is OK against teams which are not that good against spin bowling; but SL is not one of those.

    India's chances depends on how fast we get the wickets of Sanga & Mahela.

    On the positive side, India's batting can rise to the occasion.

    If I am proved wrong by our bowlers, I would be delighted

    I won't be surprised if Kohli take the risk and would unleash Varun. Hope, Varun gets his line & length, a bit more often, this time around.

  • Messa1 on February 28, 2014, 0:41 GMT

    good luck to both teams, but hope to see a SL victory!

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on February 28, 2014, 0:37 GMT

    @Anand Palwankar While agree that we need to show faith in the players, Rohit Sharma is eating up too many balls at the top of the order. He doesn't have to go all out, but constant singles would help reduce the pressure. That way, Dhawan can play his natural aggressive cricket. An SR of 50 in the first 10 overs is not good. Now I know that Sharma is capable of accelerating towards the end, but lately he is not surviving long enough to do it. That is why I feel that Pujara should be tried at the top. He is hard to get out and steadies one end very well. Plus, we need to start thinking about the WC, and since Pujara is a better player of pace than Sharma, he should be integrated into the ODI squad.

  • I_Love_My_India on February 27, 2014, 23:59 GMT

    Another India Vs SL match, though I rate SL as to be the favorites this time without Dhoni. All depends on who wins the toss with dew affecting the bowling team second.

    Virat Kohli is the key player for SL. If he gets out early, it could be a cake walk for SL. I do not think the rest of the Indian players can tackle Lasith Malinga like Kohli does. I wish if the team management keep faith in Varun Aron and guide/nurture him to find the right line and length. He is the only "fast" bowler India has now.

  • LAKINGSFAN on February 27, 2014, 23:18 GMT

    I would say 50:50 chance for both teams. SL with Angelo's defensive captaincy will always be susceptible.

  • indianzen on February 27, 2014, 23:16 GMT

    Well... SL have always had some one with a questionable bowling action and they call them a legend - Murali and now Lasith. Barring Sanga, Mathews and Perera, I don't see good sportsmanship with SL players. Winning is second in sports... We saw Lakmal who has just played 4 matches overacting and misbehaving with Pakistan. India always values talents like Kohli, Jadeja, Ashwin, Shami, Rahane, etc. Barring Kohli, all the players are well behaved and act morally on and out of the field...

  • rogues13 on February 27, 2014, 21:59 GMT

    @widelongon..regarding Jadeja, India would play 1 spinner only when there is noting in the pitch for a spinner, and accuracy is needed, not turn and flight, so if in unhelpful conditions, Jadeja's bowling is not good, it should not be a surprise, in similar conditions maybe Ashwin would also fare the same way.....

  • Test-is-the-best on February 27, 2014, 21:39 GMT

    If SL is going to play same team that played against Pakistan in the series opener its going to be one spinner or part timer short as there is only 2 spin bowlers in the team. Absence of Herath & Dilshan creates big void as these less experienced guys will need to bowl from the fist bowling change & during batting power play . This will be even worse if India got to bat second as they are quite capable of chasing down any target under 330-340 easily. If SL going to get Mendis play instead of Thisara or Lakmal, will also creates an extra burden on the remaining bowlers. I believe SL should go ahead with Kithruwan or Ashan instead of Chandimal or Kusal for this match which makes up a balanced bowling attack.

  • on February 27, 2014, 21:30 GMT

    Anand Palwankar. This is exactly what the selectors and Team management are doing. All bowlers in the squad will be rotated and give enough match practice inorder to pick the World Cup squad. Our ODI bowling pool this is Ashwin, Amit Sharma, Aaron, B Kumar, Shami, Ishwar Pandey and Ishant Sharma. Probably one or two new bowlers may be drafted in but thats it. So its pointless suggesting new names. Rahane for example was on the bench for a long time but he must have been told be ready. Now Rayudu is getting his chances. Binny will also get his turn too and maybe in the World T20.

  • Reverse-_-Sweep on February 27, 2014, 21:28 GMT

    As a pakistani fan, I really want India to win, because if srilanka win then they would not have any problem reaching the finals. And I really wana see PAK-IND FINAL

  • ayij on February 27, 2014, 21:26 GMT

    I think best spinner in india is parvez rasool due to bias indian board and captains VK Dhoni is not playing which is unfortunate for team india.....I hope all agree with me

  • Ranchi_Lad on February 27, 2014, 21:17 GMT

    Sri Lanka is definitely favourites this time around, but hopefully it will be good exposure for the young India side and they rise to the occasion of playing some greats - Sangakkara and Dayawardane, and some good - Malinga.

  • on February 27, 2014, 21:04 GMT

    GRVJPR Mate you will not be able to post a comment here after the game tomorrow, and this kind of attitude is what has made people out of Asia to have a bad impression on some the Indian Fans, so dude chill and enjoy the game than trying to be smart and give bad impressions on intelligent cricket loving Indian fans by posting this kind of comments. Thank you ,

  • myStraightTalk on February 27, 2014, 20:59 GMT

    Allrounder Binny should be in.. I will say MUST. To accommodate him Ambati Rayudu should be rested.

  • siddharth_WC2011 on February 27, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    I think Indian team is fairly new and in rebuilding phase, apart from Kohli I don't think the rest can carry the match by themselves. SL looks like the most stable team right now, they definitely have the edge to win the tournament. Pakistan would be second favs since they have a good bowling attack. India are too weak right now, not enough match winners, in fact just Kohli, if he fails, they will lose.

  • Uzzals on February 27, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    Nice to see supporters of both teams not fighting after a long time.

  • on February 27, 2014, 20:32 GMT

    Why we Indian fans are so impatient about every Indian playe ? Before SA & NZ tour Robit and Shikhar were well placed in our heart. After SA & NZ people started shouting against them. In SA Rahane played well in test, people started praising him. Again in ODIs in NZ, Rahane failed to score people started remarking him as a test specialist not sut for ODIs. Now again in last match Rahane scored runs. Same goes to Varaun Arun. One bad day can't be mejorment of any player. Rohit Sharma scored 209 runs and over 1000 runs in last year as a opener. Even last 4 ODIs he scored 39,79,4,21. What's wrong in this ? Why we always want to insettle our players so oftenly. Guies, please have faith in our players. Now these are the players who will be playing in WC 2015.

  • widelongon on February 27, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    I hope Indian batsmen will do well again to make India win the match as it has been the case for some long now. Our bowling can also contribute in the team's win by grooming aaron and yadav properly may be a season or two of county cricket may help them as they have pace like steyn and johnson but can't use it properly. If they can do that they can be very dangerous bowlers along with shami who is doing well at least for now. As far as spin is concerned bcci should try to rope in warne as a coach or at least they should get bedi he can prove to be a good mentor for spinners

  • on February 27, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    Sri Lankan team should read these comments before the match. Definitely it will be motivating factor. lol

  • on February 27, 2014, 20:06 GMT

    Binny Should be in for Rayadu. Bcz, with WC in mind. we need Seaming-allrouder. Lets judge the 11s for INDIA's WC15: Dhawan(He can be good in those conditions) Rohit/gambr (needs to hold one end with good Sr.rate) Kohli(best 1down) Rahane UV(handy alrounder,battin ebility in those conditins) Rayadu/raina (I prefer Raina bcz of finishin ability) Dhoni (C) Binny(bat+seamer) or Ash (leads in spin,If team needs more batsmen he can be rested) Jaddu (alroudr) Pujara in 15 membr squad.

    Bowling is yet to fix on there Fitness,Form,perfmance in Upcomi ENGLAND & AUS tour bhuvi Ishant Zahr Ishwar Pandey(much handle bowler,bt presntly in Bench) Yadav/Aaron Vinay (best bowler in RANJI) Irfan pathan (swing+ batting) in these case Binny is much handy in SEAMIN alrounder spot.

    So give a chance for BINNY in Presnt Playin 11.

    But TEAM always wasting time in Batsmen selection. PLEASE keep eye on SEAMING-ALRUNDR & groom them from now...

    Please post my Comment ! I postd many Bt none of it got Displayed

  • Cricket_Master_Mind on February 27, 2014, 19:59 GMT

    Only Plus Point India had is Kohli No doubt he is killing all kind of bowling attacks. If SL gets Kohli earlier they will win the match with ease. Otherwise SL had all the ingredients to beat India. Don't ignore SL players treatment in IPL they will get a revenge to its human psyche but SL will go hard to beat them. SL have lots of reasons for spirit and motivation to beat India Let see how it goes. Too me SL is Favorite in Asia Cup Pakistan at 2nd India at third because India without Dhoni is like a man with one Leg.

  • Venkat_Gowrishankar on February 27, 2014, 19:58 GMT

    @mzm149: Well atleast india have one man in their army , Pakistan have schoolboys in their batting lineup . By far, Pakistan has the worst batting line up in the tournament.

  • widelongon on February 27, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    @SevereCritic: yea u r right mate right now good part timers are missing from the team. If yuvi can get his form back then yuvi , rohit n others can do the job of 5th bowler n even if he can't then also India should groom some good part timers, when one is playing for the team one has to give one's 100%

  • i_amVIVA on February 27, 2014, 19:33 GMT

    Ind got it easy to some extent against BD mainly because of the absence of their star players in the game. That ain't gonna happen this time with SL, - a well balanced team with high in confidence. Time to face the reality for the team with inexperienced players and toothless bowling in AsiaCup.

  • binu.emiliya on February 27, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    I think the best spinner india looking for is Shahbaz Nadeem , he is having a very good arm ball eventhough he is also a SLA, he can be a good company to RJ and Nadeem can bat a bit too

  • widelongon on February 27, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    A specialist batsmen is one who can change the whole game on its own like Sehwag, Dhoni, Kohli, Yuvraj etc. He is the one who keeps the hope of the supporters intact till he is on the pitch no matter whats the condition is at that time. He should be a proper batsmen not a player who can just slogs the few deliveries n that too only once in a while. India need it.

  • Winner_Stands_Alone on February 27, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    @All fellow fans: Just be like Iceman29...Hats off to you for spotting it brother. In last West Indies tour I saw in the rain effected match how players of our both countries behave when the camera focused in to their dressing rooms. They were not behaving like friends but like brothers. And even i was amazed. I think it is the right time for fans to take the path of their heroes. I don't care who wins, I just need a good game for my memories. All the best for our two teams for tomorrows match.

  • widelongon on February 27, 2014, 19:15 GMT

    During ganguly's period he used to make dravid do the keeping so that 7th batsmen can be accommodated and this in turn helped Indian team to do well n when he used to keep his batting average also increased. Then came dravid n he preferred a keeper who was not that good at batting at that time n what followed everyone knows apart from one single phase when India set the record of consecutive chases not much good. Then came Dhoni as a keeper n again India got 7 good batsmen n we did well. Now its the phase where dhoni is stubborn to change the composition of the team n plays with 6 specialist batsmen only n whats happening now specially outside the sub continent I don't need to mention that.

  • on February 27, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    The main draw back is not with Ashwin or Aaron or ishant. They still need to have more experience. But, there should b proper guidance for tis young bowlr to improve. We cant keeps on changing the bowlr/batsmn, when WC2015 is ahead less than a year. India have to look for a nice bowling couch. Till now according to bowling dept, all former indian player(eg:- Gungully) blamed 1ly the coach, not the player. Each and every time india is bringing new player, they are playing good in beginning and after tat thy are losing their talent. So, india have to find the root cause for tis. Hopefully, according to me, since the WC2015 is going to take place in outside india, we no need to have seventh indian batsman because Ashwin and jadaja can manage the 7th and 8th position of indian batting. Also, we are not having any player who can play 7th position good in outside india. Best 11 : Rht/Gampir,Dhwn/Rahena,Kholi,Yuvi,Dhoni,Raina/D.K,jedja,Ashwin,Bhun,Shami/Nehra,Zhaeer.

  • GRVJPR on February 27, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    If sri lanka has better bowling side than India why they don't win that many matches against India. All this talk of Indian bowling bad is actually a nonsense. No team could have maintained slo in top 3 (which India has since last 5 years) if bowling was really mediocre. Its just that we in India think that other team batsmen are club level and they can't hit boundaries against our bowlers unless our bowlers are mediocre. Give some credit to opponent batters as well. And many sri lankan think Malinga is best bowler, even after he avgs, 45 against India economy 5.95. Learn from them. They give credit to Kohli rather than ridiculing Malinga for bowling poorly!

  • on February 27, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    kohli should choose bat first if he wins toss... binny would be better option.

  • mzm149 on February 27, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    Sri Lanka has batting to score 350 against the worst attack of the tournament. Even if Kohli stays till end, India can't chase that.

    Bangladesh took Kohli's wicket a bit late. Even if it had been taken an over or two earlier, match would have become interesting. India is one man army in the absence of Dhoni.

  • SevereCritic on February 27, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    I think the main problem with the Indian make up is that none of the top order batsmen can bowl even bits and pieces. Rohit could, but I think he is being discouraged to do any bowling by the current mgmt. Which is why India is always having to play 5 bowlers. Now if any of the 5 gets hammered , the overall bowling performance tanks. In the previous generation, the likes of Ganguly, Sachin, Sehwag and Yuvraj could all chip in with various amounts of success as bowlers. This is where someone like Manoj Tiwary might have been more useful than say Ambati Rayudu. Tiwary can bowl some leggies. But poor lad is always injured. So not in the picture.

  • on February 27, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    I think Kholi like to play same team And kholi,s record very good agents malinga

  • kc69 on February 27, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    I want see Kohli playing an extra spinner instead of Ishwar Pandey or Binny.As the Quality of Sanga and Mahela needs to be challenged.Amit Mishra deserves an oppertunity.

  • on February 27, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    R Ashwin should try variation or change in action in overseas condition, y to change in subcontinent when he knows he is effective with his regular action.

  • on February 27, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    India, i suspect will once struggle with their bowling attack against SL batting line up and their positive attitude. At least on paper SL has superior bowling attack than India.Interesting match but SL has an edge here.

  • on February 27, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    Shikar, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Rayudu, Karthik, Jadeja, Mishra, Kumar, Shami, Aaron / Pandey...

    Pujara in or Rohit would be a good try .

    Mishra should be given a chance ahead of Ashwin atleast for one time , just to try him out .

    Aaron should be given another chance since we have the history of persisting with Ishant for such a long time given his poor performances over the time .

    Even said so it will not be a bad thing to try out Iswar Pandey , to figure out how he will handle the pressure of International stage.

  • on February 27, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    tomorrow is very good contest between friendly neighbor after 7 moths gape we always very much interested to watch this two teams as a Lankan Fan i am expecting to win Sri Lanka tomorrow, All the Best for both teams

  • arasuadrian on February 27, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    Looks like there are many haters of Ashwin. He might be very useful tomorrow as there are a lot of left handers in SL team. Hope he performs well tomorrow.

  • on February 27, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    If you take Kholi out...SL is better than this young IND in Batting, Bowling and fielding. I think all indians will agree with me. So if SL win the toss n put IND into bat, get Kholi out under 70...Chase under 330...SL will surely Win the match!

    However if IND win the toss, SL will have to score atleast 400 on this pitch as Kholi will pace his innings really well chasing.

    Eitherway Mathews n Malinga will have plans for Kholi.

    VERY INTERESTING SL-IND MATCH AFTER THE WORLD CUP FINAL!

  • on February 27, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    I am not sure, why all people have to blame Ashwin. According to me, there is no one as talent like Ashwin. No Indian batsman are capable to play outside india except Dhoni and Kholi. But Ashwin Proved his talent in that. Like that because of Ashwin India won many matches in odi asual as test. Ashwin saved many test matches from innings loss (Eg. India VS England 2012 and India VS Australia). If Ashwin would have played Ind VS NZ 1st test means surely india would have win. Jadeja took 1ly one wicket and also he dono to play test match and started playing T20 in test match and Dhoni also in position to encourage him. What a poor India. Ashwin have to improve, I am accepting that. He is also trying to bowl in diff style. Before SA series his aggregate was very good as even Allrounder, as no indian player has.One more thing, he is the only player who used to perform good in bat at difficult suitivation next to Dhoni. By seeing one series(With NZ) we cant say Jadaja as good batsman.

  • widelongon on February 27, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    @GRVJPR: Never said jadeja doesn't perform I said he never performs when used as the only spinner.He always requires another specialist spinner with him because of which one specialist batsmen is sacrificed n India's strength was always 7 batsmen n 4 bowlers.

  • gang_300 on February 27, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    my 11 players for balanced india team-1 Shikar dhawan,2 Rohit sharma,3 Virat kohli,4 Rahane,5 D karthik,6 S Binny,7 R Jadeja,8 R ashwin,9 B kumar,10 Shami amhed,11 Ishwar pandey, Dinesh Karthik and Rahane ideal for middle order,Binny can be ideal low order pintch hitter with bowling capabilities.Keeping Rayudu does not serve pintch hitting niether bowling options except a ridiculous bowling action from him

  • GRVJPR on February 27, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    @ThilankaK, India vs Srilanka W,W,W,W,W,W,W,W,W,L,W,L, (comprehesnively in favor of India) This is what matters. If sri lanka wins it will be an upset!

  • TigerRoars on February 27, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    The biggest key are Kohli and Malinga. If Kohli scores a century in a chase, my money is on India. However, SL is on a roll right now.

  • Iceman29 on February 27, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    @chandimasl: you are right buddy....look at the way the SL and Ind players treat each others on field....both teams respect each other very much and most of them are very friendly...its just us fans who are fighting with each other unnecessarily..best of luck to both the teams after all we both are neighbours.... cheers mate...

  • kapsitash on February 27, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    Remove aaron.He is pathetic.his action always allows him to bowl halfullies.He doesn't even look where is pitching the ball.Pande should make his debue.

  • GRVJPR on February 27, 2014, 17:40 GMT

    India should not even think of replaceing Varun Aaron. He is a strike bowler. Not many in world clocks 149 kph consistently. He has played just 12 first class matches. Give him confidence. Kohli is a good captain and I am sure he will back him and ask him to go for throats of Sri Lankan, just break them apart.

  • Iceman29 on February 27, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    I have been saying this for long time now...DK, Manoj Tiwary would fit rightly in the middle order along with Dhoni in the oneday internationals..these two guys are technically better than Raina and Rayudu and they will be able to handle pace and bounce in overseas pitches...as far as bowling is concerned Aaron, Pandey and umesh should be groomed well by a good bowling coach....

  • GRVJPR on February 27, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    @widelongon, Jadeja's has economy of 4.1 which is eexcellent, In power plays economy of 4 (best in world). Brilliant fielder (best in world), batting hasn't clicked becoz bat at number 8 or 9 more often in a good batting side.

  • ThilankaK on February 27, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    The Big picture is - India > W, L, L, T, L, L, N/R, L, L & Sri Lanka > W, W, W, W, W, W, L, L, W

  • adis26 on February 27, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    Lankans is a good team and for the most part India and SL have reasonably good relations - at least the teams do. Hoping for a good game tomorrow. Go India.

  • on February 27, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    I think each game should be seen as individual - Pakistan and Bangladesh were too confident to bit SL and India in first matches never happened - team who will get their basics on the spot will win ? I think both teams are equally balanced .

  • on February 27, 2014, 17:28 GMT

    sl wil win InshaAllah

  • arasuadrian on February 27, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    @Tom de Sailor I think you have not been following this Asia cup. No one would suggest such a bad idea of swapping a quality spinner for a part time medium pace bowler in these conditions. Also Ashwin did get a wicket and maintained a good economy throughout his spells. I would like to see a replacement for Varun Aaron (But he deserves atleast one more chance) in the team.

  • on February 27, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    I wonder why India vs Pakistan is so late.. What if the match turns out to be a dead rubber. 10 days into the tournament is too late for the most highly anticipated match in the Asia Cup.

  • marlboro19 on February 27, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    And the neighbourly rivalry resumes! India does look vulnerable in absence of Dhoni. The reason Malinga has been an ordinary bowler ( I love Malinga btw, wish IND had someone like him) against INd is Dhoni: Dhoni had neutralized any threat by Malinga in previous encounters; without him, you cannot bank on chasing down 40 odd runs in last three overs. Sl looks to be slightly ahead. It's nice to read ,on an average, positive comments by fans of both teams. Negativity is highly transitive: One negative comment is enough to rile up people even with the majority of comments being decent. And by the nature of things in general, and people in particular, there are always going to be few overzealous fans taking pride in slighting other teams. Jingoism is part and parcel of modern life, and it's hard to ignore, but the best strategy to deal with it is to ignore it.

  • widelongon on February 27, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    As far as jadeja is concerned he a player who should not be in the team because he cannot handle pressure he always requires another specialist spinner with him to perform. Whenever he is used as the only spinner he has failed anyone can check the records n this causes India to include another bowler sacrificing a specialist batsman. India's strength was always 7 batsmen n 4 bowlers theworld cup 2011 and the t20 world cup 2007 both the world cups we have won with this combination only.

  • on February 27, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    Iyer_Brain. I dont agree and there a lot of people who will not. Its a nice on your part to support a fellow Tam Brahm though. Ashwin has been very inconsistent and his performances fluctuate too much. Some games he is MoM and others he is missing.

  • on February 27, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    India should try bench strength since none of indian bowlers are not bowling well especially ashwin he is not yet taken 4 wicket in a match. Anyway India should try new bowling coach after this series.

  • on February 27, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    Convincing arguments Iceman 29. I think we have enough talent to better SL but the only concern is this team have not come together as group and døesnt have the confidence of having won games in the recent past. Australia series is history.

  • widelongon on February 27, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    though I really want India to win but if I see practically i think it would be tough for India because of the current team they have. Middle order comprises of Rayudu, Rahane, Kartik and Jadeja n I don't want to say anything about our bowling, India heavily denpends upon top 3 once they are gone cheaply it would be very tough for rest to get to the target. I like Rahane as a test player but he is not so good one day player. His international performance till now n his whole domestic performance seconds that. One inning here n there and nothing more. Include Dhoni ang Gambhir to this team and this will again be the strong batting side.

  • viru-319-219 on February 27, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    @Vinod Villa Pudasun ... Clash of Asia is always India VS Pakistan. No match will even come close, not even Ashes. Ashes is just something created and hyped but the emotions among Indians and Pakistanis are as real as life and death. I still feel goose bumps when I remember India beat Pakistan in 2007 T20 final and I didn't have this feeling when we beat Srilanka in 2011 WC.

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on February 27, 2014, 16:46 GMT

    The Indian batting is largely dependent on the top 3, but what adds to their woes is neither Shikhar nor Rohit seem to be in the kind of blazing hot form they were in late last year. Dhawan might fire in one of these games, but all hopes will lie squarely on Kohli's shoulders. The likes of Rahane and Rayudu don't have the game and the confidence respectively to be able to take the team through in a difficult situation on their own.

  • Iceman29 on February 27, 2014, 16:46 GMT

    This is not the same SL team who played 7 months ago against us...they got depth in batting with the experience of Sanga and Mahela...Mahela always plays well against us irrespective of what form he is in..plus they have good variety of bowlers...we should really have to play out of our skin to win this match...SL on the other hand will try to win this match at any cost...India has so many weak links now...bowling, inexperience middle order and out of form openers...so I would say SL has 50 to 70% chance of winning this match.....

  • Vikram_Rathore on February 27, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    All those who wants Ashwin to be dropped from the team... just for the records, he will be the 7th Fastest to 100 ODI wickets... he was the fastest to 100 test wickets... and is one of the guys who veterans bet on the double of 5000 runs and 500 Test wickets! Too bad that Ashwin is not from Mumbai... if he was he would have been worshiped as best ever....!

  • Rohit... on February 27, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    Inexperienced India... Why don't anyone Understand that nowadays when a person debuts in the Indian team, he knows everything - What to do, When to do & How to do... It doesn't matter if they haven't played much matches. The kind of competition they face to reach the playing 11 is more than enough too give the players an Experience of 30 matches... Now add it to the matches played by Indian Players... Whatever be the result of the match, Experience won't be a factor.

  • Herath-UK on February 27, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    Two sides strong with batting units,whoever wins let's hope for a competitive game just like the Sri Lanka's win over the Pak on Tuesday.

  • on February 27, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    i would want binny in for aswin..(basically bcoz aswin isnt picking up wickets nor is he stifling runs.. add to that, being slow in the field and a flash in the pan batsman in odi).. binny is a far better batsman, and a gud fielder.. in bowling, well wats to lose.....

  • Winner_Stands_Alone on February 27, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    May the best team win! Hope see centuries from Kohli and Sanga. Please give us a nail biter of a match.(A Sri Lankan)

  • gannyboy on February 27, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    India cannot keep playing Ashwin and Rohit, these guys are not performing and need to be replaced big time. India still has time before the next WC to try out players.

  • on February 27, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    the team which bats second will win tomorrow because our bowlers can't defend less than 330 and our batsman could chase even 400. expecting a big knock from rohit sharma tomorrow.

  • on February 27, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    This is the clash of ASIA! It like Ashes..! Sri Lank Vs India! hope Sri Lanka will win 2rw! perfect team we has! We can 4 sure Chathuranga will get Kholi's wicket! mark my words

  • on February 27, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    He can ball and bat as well, why don't Indian team management give a chance to stuwart binny.I want to see him to play. He gone well in ranji cricket.I hope tomorrow I'll see him to bat and ball.

  • bootlicker on February 27, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    Whether it is second string or first string team they represent the country India. Both teams are strong but SL will go through at the end as they have more experience campaigners.

  • siddhartha87 on February 27, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    oh no the boring India vs Sri Lanka matches reusume

  • Sameeratennakoon on February 27, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    Let's hope minimum fault in umpiring on this match. Otherwise it would be a umpires game rather than a thriller.. Sri Lanka 's previous game could have cost them for bad umpiring. DRS is missing badly. Both teams are favorites for a win, but SL have more bawling even they lost Kula , Rangana & Eranga. As always India have best batting formula even without Dhoni . If Dhammika Prasad plays tomorrow it will improve SL bowling unit. No use of spinners in front of India. Looking forward for a thriller...

  • batman_gothamcity on February 27, 2014, 16:04 GMT

    Based on recent cricket palyed by both sides , SL are marginally favorites to win considering India's relatively inexperienced middle order and bowling form. All the best to both teams .

  • on February 27, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    India (probable) 1 Shikhar Dhawan (LHB), 2 Rohit Sharma (RHB/ROB), 3 Virat Kohli (RHB / RM) (capt.), 4 Ajinkya Rahane (RHB), 5 Ambati Rayudu (RHB), 6 Dinesh Karthik (wk) (RHB), 7 Ravindra Jadeja (LHB / LA), 8 R Binny (RHB / RM), 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar (RMF), 10 Mohammed Shami (RFM), 11 Ishwar Pandey (RMF).. In Bowling India have 2 off spinners (Rohith, Raydu), 1 left arm ortho (Jadeja), 2 medium pacers (Binny, Kholi), 1 fast medium pacers (Shami), 2 medium fast pacers (B Kumar, Pandey). Rohit has to play as an batting allrounder in opening slop or in middle order to make Rahane in opening. His bowling skills are not much below par compared to Ashwin. Missing the express in bowling unit. On batting we have good depth with stork makers. missing a fast bowling hitter. But the team is sufficient in sub-continent condition. Best of luck Team India..

  • on February 27, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    both team same.but sl look better at this time.win the toss bowl 1st.thats it...both team wouldnt mind to bat 2nd

  • on February 27, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    it was a challenging games for both indian and Sri Lankan .I hope that Indian's have to put their strong efforts smiler to one that when they played against Bangladesh.

  • Master_Mihil on February 27, 2014, 15:50 GMT

    We need a bowler with fearsome reputation against india. Probably mendis..But mark my words without dhoni india won't win..

  • jerryman on February 27, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    Sl must play all 3 spinners tmrw -mendis ,senananyake & chaturanga . may have to drop either tissara perera or lakmal . Cannot afford to give away additional 20 -30 runs . If they can put pressure in the middle overs from 15-35 with the spinners , they can get wickets under pressure and kohlis wicket will be the key. Should be a close game , the team that bowls better and hold on their catches will take the game . Good luck lions ..

  • cricaddict11 on February 27, 2014, 15:43 GMT

    One thing for sure......! EVEN Sri Lanka wins or not, they will give some good batting practice to Indians. I am a Sri Lankan. But I have seen so many times that our guys making out of form Indian batters in form in very little time. As far as i see when indians were not in form they play against us to find the form. Guys who have watched cricket would know to understand what i am telling. But as a Lankan i think those old things wont happen in tomorrows match.

  • Snambidi on February 27, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    Yes Of course both India& SL are most familiar friendly neighbors & foes in cricket as well. Last time india& Srilanka met in the Champions Trophy final . Srilanka had posted a good & challenging total.the Indians as usual flopped & was facing defeat. The last over of the match was very eventful.Indians needed 16 runs to win.Anticipating victory Srilanka whad started celebrating. But then the Indian skipper Dhoni rose to the occasion& produced 2 sixes&a four to claim victory. A match that neither Srilanka nor India could ever forget. Now they come to face each other again in this Asiacup.the teams ofSrilanka & India are almost the same.Yuvraaj Singh& Dilshan are missing. Any how a very close contest is on the card tomorrow.Both have equal chances. However,in the batting department India seems to be a bit ahead while In the fielding & Bowling Srilankans keeps the upper hand particulary because Malinga whom Indians fear. Let us await a very entertaining cricket encounter tomorrow.

  • viru-319-219 on February 27, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    Playing Mishra ahead of Ashwin is not worth on a batting pitch. Mishra needs a slow pitch to be effective. I agree with Ganguly that Bajji is the best spin option available for us. Compare stats of Ashwin on helpful Chennai pitch and Bajji on Not so helpful Mumbai pitch in last IPL. Bajji bowled better than Ashwin and atlest builds pressure unlike Ashwin who gives atleast one loose delivery every over. With available options Ashwin and Jaddu got to play. Not fair to drop Aaron after 1 bad game. Most important is to bring Rohit down to 4 or 5 and open with Rahane(best among available options). Rohit is a burden at top and asset in middle order. Kohli should try to get wickets in middle overs. That is what is making us chase almost 300 every game. May be he can bring in Jadeja after 3 overs from Shami and Use Shami in middle overs. He has to do something to dominate middle overs. He has to show his aggressive nature in captaincy rather than being defensive like Dhoni and wait.

  • Raveey_ on February 27, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    Given the pitch conditions , India should go in with three spinners . Mishra should replace Varun.

  • gauravm5 on February 27, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    After SL's 9 defeats out of the last 11 encounters against India, SL Fans are calling Indian team a ordinary one. If India is ordinary then SL is below ordinary. Although this is India's 2nd string team but I am sure India will win.

  • on February 27, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    I believe malinga will not be that much of a threat even with this new look Indian line up... guys like rayudu rahane and karthik have played him many times in the IPL; so there s no question of any adjustments ... and then there is virat kohli! for heaven sake I hope Aaron isn't dropped .. some one like kohli or the coach Fletcher needs to have a word with him about his control... I know he had a bad outing but he is a professional and knows how to bowl alright .... if we lose genuinely quick bowlers like umesh and Aaron there s no point in cribbing about military medium pace being smashed around in test matches .

  • j4884 on February 27, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    Please do not drop Varun Aaron after just one bad game...He has the potential to become a wicket taking bowler for India. He will only get better by playing more and will also improve his accuracy. Umesh also needs to be in the scheme of things for India as the next world cup is in Australia and express pace is always handy. Shami, Bhuvi, Aaron, Umesh and Ishwar should be among the pool of pacers. Please no tried and tested failures like Ishant and Vinay for world cup. Also Pujara needs to play tomorrow. He is a class batsman and will do well.

  • kila995 on February 27, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    So excited to watch this match , especially to see batting from Virat and Kusal . They are the power hitters from both teams :) Best of luck both Teams

  • chandimasl on February 27, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    I really agree with the vie of tanstell87. Because both of the fans should respect each oppositions. as we are neighbors and also because of the relationship with both teams over the years.

    The relationship always can be seen when there is a match against SL VS IND from the both the teams' players. They are very friendly each other, chatting when there is a break during a match is absolutely nice to see from both the teams.

    But some of the fans insulting each other can not just accepted. As the players show the friendliness those arguing fans should identify how to respect each other.

    It's just a game.Love your team. The better team on the day will win.

  • Nampally on February 27, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    India needs to replace Aaron with Pandey or Binny. Aaron needs a lot of coaching to bowl in a disciplined manner. He needs to understand that bowling at 145 KPH also needs the necessary length, line & direction to be successful. He was clobbered for Sixers & 4's by a Minnows side like BD in the first match. He needs to sharpen his command in the nets for the next few matches if he ever wishes to play for India. Apart from this, the Indian openers need to produce runs on these "batting paradise" pitches. Dhawan & Rohit need to raise their game significantly to help Indian batting. Indian batting will be tested & challenged to produce over 300 runs- which is likely to be the minimal score to be winners. SL will rely heavily on the Old Guard- Jaya, Sanga & Malinga. Perera & Mathew will be the X Factors. But SL's over reliance on Malinga may let them down on this fast outfield with dead pitch for the bowlers. I expect a battle as to who scores 350 to win the match. Good Luck Guys!

  • cjchanaka on February 27, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    Very important match for both teams as winning side will get huge boost, although we won last few games,we didn't play our best cricket. We can't guarantee voctories from very close games frequently,therefore we should be dominate throughout the game.This indian team is an ordinary one,if we will get classy kholi out early then inexperienced middle order will surely be struggle.I think mahela should open with kusal and thiri can establish no-4 spot.chasing or defending won't be an issue.I think both mathews & thisara will cause problems for indians with ball rather than malinga.Anyway victory for SL sure....................-:)

  • tanstell87 on February 27, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    good to see finally Indian & Sri Lankan fans respecting each other....we fans love our teams but we should not stop respecting opposition teams over winning & losing...hoping for a good game between young Indian team & the experienced Lankans...also with dew factor coming in 2nd half i wish the organisers strt the games as early as 12pm....best of luck to both teams...may the best team win from an Indian fan..

  • on February 27, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    Battingwise, India is a much better team than Sri Lanka in spite of the absence of Dhoni, Yuvraj and Raina. Take Malinga apart and there is not much fear left in the rest bowlers. My preferred team for tomorrow's game will be 1. Shikhar Dhawan 2. Rohit Sharma 3. Virat Kohli 4. Ajinkya Rahane 5. Dinesh Karthik 6. Stuart Binny 7. Ravindra Jadeja 8. Ravichandran Ashwin 9. Amit Mishra 10. Ishwar Pandey 11. Mohammad Shami with Ambati Rayudu as 12th man.

  • on February 27, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    A lot of SL fans are under the false impression that getting Kohli out will be an automatic victory. Kohli is in phenominal form but all our top 6 have been in the runs and match winners in their own right. SL focus all attention on Kohli will really help us as the pressure will be off the other 5.

  • on February 27, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    If only Aaron finds his line and length tomorrow, his pace will add that X factor to our otherwise bland bowling attack. Since SL are good players of spin, we could consider playing Binny in place of Ashwin, although the latter didnt bowl to badly.

  • NextSana on February 27, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    Sri Lanka has a good chance to win. Indian team has changed immensely. No Gambhir, Pathan and specially Dhoni. Indian side looks vulnerable to me. One and only threat is Kohli, take him out early and the game is in our hand with a bonus point. I am okay with Sri Lanka batting first cause we can score runs without any pressure. Hope Varun get his last game tommorrow. Kusal can eye for a big one tommorrow.

  • on February 27, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    SL likes to avoid the risk of batting second and on the other hånd India relishes batting under pressure. Also dew will be a factor and will be used as an excuse by the team bowling second. SL is in a bit of a pickle and wouldnt mind losing the toss. I would prefer India to bat first for a change and bat SL out of the game. Batting is our strength and we should utilise it. Also Mathews is a negative Captain. If he wins the toss he will put India into bat simply to deprive India from their preferrence to bat second.

  • naren1983 on February 27, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    Sanga & Kohli are in great form of their lives. These wickets are going to be crucial to both teams, then for India, its tackling Malinga, but many know Indians have tackled Malinga than any team else. Its going to be a save for the wicket in first 10 overs, then push for runs and slog at death. It should be 300+ who-ever batting first and chasing is going to show the team's brilliance. Bringing Mishra will help in place of Ashwin. Ishwar should be in place of Aaron or if Virat expects depth in batting can bring Binny instead of Ishwar/Aaron.

  • on February 27, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    The Indian Line up tomorrow should change slightly:

    1. Dhawan 2. Rohit 3.Kohli 4. Pujara 5.Rahane 6.Dinesh Karthik 7.Stuart Binny 8.Jadeja 9. Ashwin 10.Shami 11. Pandey. Time to get Pujara in as a regular middle order player. Also time to see what stuart binny can offer.

  • phunny_game on February 27, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    Don't think Aaron will be replaced. So more or less the same team for tomorrow. Should be a cracker.

    I am eagerly waiting for an absurd comment from blade-runner to make my day.

  • on February 27, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    I hope this relationship is never renewed. We have had enough of India vs SL cricket to last a couple of decades. Its more fun to meet in major tournaments. Looking forward to an Indian win.

  • Blade-Runner on February 27, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    Its gonna be a great game. I like when Sri Lanka play India more than unsporting Pakistan. There are no on-field disputes, both the teams respect each other and there is only good cricket on the field. I think that we'll go with an unchanged squad. But I'd prefer to have Ashan Priyanjan instead of Chathuranga de Silva.

    My XI : Kusal / Thiri / King Sanga / Mahela / Chandimal / Mathews / Priyanjan / Thisara/ Sachi / Lakmal / Slinga.

    LIONS LEAD THE WAY !!!!

  • on February 27, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    The only change in the Indian team is BK goes out and Pandey comes in. Aaron had a bad day and please don't drop players because of one or two bad games. India needs to get Aaron to wok up confidence not demoralize him. Please remember the next two tours are in England and Australia and Aaron with a few matches under his belt will be more than a handful. Enough of BK. Can't take wickets at the start of the game and can't wickets at the death. With WC 2015 being the goal and on the bouncy Aussie pitches the name of the game is pace and bounce and Pandey is better than BK in both departments. BK is supposed to be a magician with the Red ball and he didn't even get to play in NZ where there was enough grass on the pitch to feed all the cows. It is time to go forward. Tough decisions are taken by Tough men and I am sure Virat is a tough guy.

  • on February 27, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    Very interesting game. Sri Lanka holds the upper hand with the experience they've got. Hope they win this one

  • on February 27, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    virat kohli is fast becoming the greatest odi batsman in history. he needs two more years with consistency n easily he will become. its quite right to say hes the best batsman right now in world cricket, ab devillers not far from him. if sl can get kohli early tthen we have won the game . this wud be my indian line up, 1.dhawan 2. rahane 3. kohli 4. pujara 5 rohit/ yuvraj 6. dhoni 7 irfan 8 jadeja 9. ashwin 10. shami 11 yadav. this thr best indian xi. by the way i m srilankan.

  • on February 27, 2014, 11:42 GMT

    1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Ajinkya Rahane, 3 Virat Kohli (capt.), 4 Pujara , 5 Rohit Sharma/Raydu 6 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Mishra, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Ishwar Pandey

    Rohit can't open and he should be in middle order I am not a big fan of Raydu too We would definitely need Pujara for WC with Dhoni and Yuvi coming in I see a great batting side

    Let's how a mishra does I would prefer Binny or R Dhawan as all rounders instead of Jadeja and Ashwin

    And for SL fans.... Virat will score no. 20 tomo I think Dhawan too will score big

  • Balumekka on February 27, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    Whoever fields first will win the match. No point of playing the match, just the toss would be enough to select the winner. Pathetic playing conditions killing these games.

  • Yourslanka on February 27, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    SL has definitely improved, but still it is going to be very difficult against India. Still feel SL bowling is a bit weak with the likes of Prasad. Hope, it will be a tight contest. All the best to Ind & SL.

  • Naresh28 on February 27, 2014, 11:03 GMT

    We need a good look at where BINNY stands. He could come in to relieve the bowling. Batting wise someone suggested Rahane and Rohit should trade positions in the batting lineup - might be worth a look at.

  • ishaan1997 on February 27, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    I think it is going to be a cracker of a match, both teams coming from a win. I hope India bring in ishwar pandey or stuart binny in place of varun and amit mishra in place of ashwin. I think that wrist spinner is a better option and also, he is being sitting on the bench from quiet sometime and deserves at least one match.

  • Lalz on February 27, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    India should play with Pandey as replacement for Aaron and Mishra or Binny for AShwin. Anyhow Kohli too will persist with Rohit Sharma unless he gets injured or sacked from team. This time India cannot be as authentic against SL as they will come up with a plan..

  • on February 27, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    You Sri Lankans are dreaming.

  • on February 27, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    Malinga knows exactly what to do is a statement by someone like angelo who doesn't know what to do. Malinga is a good bowler but I wouldn't give him the last over with even ten runs to get and especially against India.

  • on February 27, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    SL looks like a different team now. They can easily beat India this time.

  • on February 27, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    SL is gonna win this one but India will come very hard at us as usual.

  • on February 27, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    SL is gonna win this one but India will come very hard at us as usual.

  • on February 27, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    SL looks like a different team now. They can easily beat India this time.

  • on February 27, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    Malinga knows exactly what to do is a statement by someone like angelo who doesn't know what to do. Malinga is a good bowler but I wouldn't give him the last over with even ten runs to get and especially against India.

  • on February 27, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    You Sri Lankans are dreaming.

  • Lalz on February 27, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    India should play with Pandey as replacement for Aaron and Mishra or Binny for AShwin. Anyhow Kohli too will persist with Rohit Sharma unless he gets injured or sacked from team. This time India cannot be as authentic against SL as they will come up with a plan..

  • ishaan1997 on February 27, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    I think it is going to be a cracker of a match, both teams coming from a win. I hope India bring in ishwar pandey or stuart binny in place of varun and amit mishra in place of ashwin. I think that wrist spinner is a better option and also, he is being sitting on the bench from quiet sometime and deserves at least one match.

  • Naresh28 on February 27, 2014, 11:03 GMT

    We need a good look at where BINNY stands. He could come in to relieve the bowling. Batting wise someone suggested Rahane and Rohit should trade positions in the batting lineup - might be worth a look at.

  • Yourslanka on February 27, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    SL has definitely improved, but still it is going to be very difficult against India. Still feel SL bowling is a bit weak with the likes of Prasad. Hope, it will be a tight contest. All the best to Ind & SL.

  • Balumekka on February 27, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    Whoever fields first will win the match. No point of playing the match, just the toss would be enough to select the winner. Pathetic playing conditions killing these games.

  • on February 27, 2014, 11:42 GMT

    1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Ajinkya Rahane, 3 Virat Kohli (capt.), 4 Pujara , 5 Rohit Sharma/Raydu 6 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Mishra, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Ishwar Pandey

    Rohit can't open and he should be in middle order I am not a big fan of Raydu too We would definitely need Pujara for WC with Dhoni and Yuvi coming in I see a great batting side

    Let's how a mishra does I would prefer Binny or R Dhawan as all rounders instead of Jadeja and Ashwin

    And for SL fans.... Virat will score no. 20 tomo I think Dhawan too will score big