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The Preview by Siddarth Ravindran
February 13, 2012
February 14, Adelaide
Start time 1350 (0320 GMT)
Dhoni's finishing skills and Gautam Gambhir's return to form may have grabbed most of the attention after the win over Australia, but India will be happier that two of their usual weaknesses were overcome. Firstly, the fielding was sharp; Virender Sehwag's diving catch to dismiss David Hussey snapped Australia's momentum. Also, the fast bowlers combined to put in a solid death-bowling performance, giving away only 57 runs in the final 10 overs to limit Australia to 269, when 300 seemed possible at one stage.
For Sri Lanka, the experienced batting has failed to click so far. The biggest worry for them is the form of their new captain, Mahela Jaywardene, who has not made a half-century in 11 international innings. The traditionally batting-friendly Adelaide surface should help Sri Lanka make more runs, but if they lose they are likely to be left needing to win four of their last five league matches to reach the final.
In the spotlight
For years, Dinesh Chandimal was touted as one of the most promising youngsters in Sri Lankan cricket. When he got his chance as a 20-year-old in 2010, he announced himself with a century against India. A year later there was a famous century in Lord's, but his scores proved infuriatingly inconsistent. It wasn't till the recent series against South Africa that he made it to 20 in consecutive innings, but he has now hit a more fruitful spell, and is becoming an important part of the Sri Lankan middle-order.
India (probable) 1 Gautam Gambhir, 2 Sachin Tendulkar, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Rohit Sharma, 5 Suresh Raina, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Vinay Kumar, 10 Zaheer Khan/Praveen Kumar, 11 Umesh Yadav
The lower-middle order has long been a problem for Sri Lanka . They will now have to decide whether to bring in Thisara Perera or give Lahiru Thirimanne another game. The bowling attack isn't likely to have too many changes, as Sri Lanka aren't likely to go in with two specialist spinners against India.
Sri Lanka (probable) 1 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 2 Upul Tharanga, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Mahela Jayawardene (capt), 5 Dinesh Chandimal, 6 Angelo Mathews, 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Nuwan Kulasekara, 9 Lasith Malinga, 10 Sachithra Senanayake, 11 Chanaka Welegedara/Dhammika Prasad
Pitch and conditions
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