India v Sri Lanka, CB Series, Brisbane February 20, 2012

Plenty to ponder for unsettled India

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Match facts

February 21, Brisbane
Start time 1320 (0320 GMT)

Big Picture

It's been a topsy-turvy few days for the CB series. Halfway through the tournament, India were table-toppers but the two matches in Brisbane could completely change the standings. Not only were India comprehensively beaten by Australia on Sunday, they have also lost their captain, and easily their best batsman of the series, MS Dhoni, for Tuesday's game.

The most intensely debated topic this series has been India's rotation of their three experienced openers. With the middle order missing the assurance of Dhoni, India will be tempted to abandon the policy and pick all three. There are question marks over the fitness of two of them, though both are expected to pull through - Virender Sehwag sat out the previous two matches due to a back spasm, while Sachin Tendulkar went for a precautionary MRI scan after being hit on the helmet by a Brett Lee bouncer.

The Indian media has gone to town over Dhoni's remarks that playing all three of Sehwag, Tendulkar and Gambhir - who aren't the most athletic of fielders - could result in 20 more runs being conceded in the field, but that isn't likely to dissuade the team management from selecting all three.

With the four-man pace attack also not working for India on Sunday, they also need to rethink the bowling combination. R Ashwin has excelled in both games against Sri Lanka so far, and given how effective Xavier Doherty was on Sunday at the Gabba, India will have to find a way to accommodate Ashwin in the line-up.

In contrast to India's several conundrums, Sri Lanka seem more settled, despite currently being at the bottom of the table. They have been getting better in every game - getting close to a victory in their early matches before pulling off a tie against India and then a morale-boosting bonus-point win over Australia.

Form guide

India LTWWL (Most recent first)
Sri Lanka WTLLW

In the spotlight


In his second coming as captain, Mahela Jayawardene has impressed observers with his leadership and on-field strategies. Sri Lanka needed him to end his lean run as a batsman, something he did with the half-century against Australia after pushing himself up to the top of the order. In his 11 innings as opener, he averages 67.90 which is twice his career mean. Sri Lanka have made stuttering starts in recent matches - 20 or less for the first wicket in 12 of their past 16 ODIs. Jayawardene wants to correct that by taking over at the top.

Virat Kohli has established himself as the best of the next generation of Indian batsmen, moving ahead of the likes of Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina. He had an outstanding 2011, scoring more runs than anyone else in ODIs, but hasn't hit those heights in this series. With Dhoni missing and much of the batting line-up struggling for form, he needs to make the runs befitting his new-found status.

Team news

India have several questions to ponder. Either Rohit Sharma or Suresh Raina will probably have to make way for Parthiv Patel. The bowling combination will also have changes, with the four-quicks policy likely to be abandoned.

India: (probable) 1 Sachin Tendulkar, 2 Virender Sehwag (capt), 3 Gautam Gambhir, 4 Virat Kohli, 5 Rohit Sharma/Suresh Raina, 6 Parthiv Patel (wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Irfan Pathan, 10 Vinay Kumar/Zaheer Khan, 11 Umesh Yadav

Sri Lanka have no reason to make too many changes. The only batsman with a question over his place is Lahiru Thirimanne and he didn't get to bat in the previous match. Lasith Malinga and Nuwan Kulasekara are Sri Lanka's first-choice fast bowlers. With Thisara Perera turning in a Man-of-the-Match performance in Sydney and Farveez Maharoof making a superb comeback, Sri Lanka could again go in with a pace-heavy attack.

Sri Lanka: (probable) 1 Mahela Jayawardene (capt), 2 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Dinesh Chandimal, 5 Lahiru Thirimanne, 6 Angelo Mathews, 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Farveez Maharoof, 9 Nuwan Kulasekara, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Rangana Herath

Pitch and conditions

The Australian fast bowlers thrived at the Gabba, and the same surface will be used for Tuesday's game. There isn't good news on the weather front - thundershowers are predicted in the afternoon and evening.

Stats and trivia

  • Sri Lanka have lost nine of their 11 ODIs at the Gabba. Their only win came against South Africa in 2006

    Quotes

    "MS Dhoni is a match winner by himself ... still, we are playing India, they have got some really big players and we can't be complacent."
    Mahela Jayawardene isn't focussing too much on the absence of Dhoni.

    Edited by Abhishek Purohit

    Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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    • CSK_chennai on February 22, 2012, 0:08 GMT

      If India would have bat first, result would have been other way around. India lost toss 5/6 times. Also that one time Dhoni ask Aus to bat first due to bad weather. Its a myth that SL improved on their performance. Also very poor bowling from Indian's on last 7 overs.

    • Karthi_2K11 on February 21, 2012, 16:22 GMT

      Here is a quick reckoner to check if any of the CB tri-series contenders may end up playing dead rubbers. Aus are best-placed to qualify for the best-of-three finals, & even if they tie with Ind on points after having dropped all 3 of their remaining games in the league play-offs, they are better placed because they have a healthy net run-rate. If Ind drops one more of their remaining 2 games, then they are not technically out yet (if Ind drop the Aus or SL game, then they have to either hope that SL drop all their remaining 3 games, or if not, then Ind have to not only win against SL or Aus, but do it outright, & earn a bonus point if SL wins even 1 of their remaining 3 games.) If SL drops 2 of their remaining 3 games, & Ind win only one of their remaining 2 games, SL are not technically out yet, as their bonus point will come in handy & they will pip Ind to the post by a solitary point. Only if Ind or SL lose all their games in their respective scenarios, are they out of contention.

    • zenboomerang on February 21, 2012, 4:33 GMT

      @RameshRayaprolu :- "its a wash out day"... No, its looking like a typical day in Brissy... The odd afternoon storm (very short) with possible storms & showers this evening... This will suit Sri Lanka batting 1st as the D/L method most likely will only come into effect tonight while India is batting... If SL bat well & don't lose many wkts the D/L will be harder on India...

    • mahesh8811 on February 21, 2012, 2:19 GMT

      its not about who should be in the team, who shouldn't. once u select 11 players in a team it is there responsibility to play and win match. rotating,non-rotating,picking him, dropping him too much whinging in indian team.all of your player should perform.they don't trained hard and doesn't have wining spirit.wining is not a luck.

    • on February 21, 2012, 1:57 GMT

      27 degrees in brisbane, there will be 50 over match, hurray. come on india

    • on February 21, 2012, 1:54 GMT

      sri lanka is now on the right track with the new captain mahela and the lions will put down india today - coz the inform batsman is out of the team for india

    • on February 21, 2012, 1:44 GMT

      If Mahela Jayawardene averages that as an opener why on earth will you play him @ No 5. I think he should only be played as an opener but I won't mind him playing @ No 4,but Chandimal is doing a great job there,so let him be the opener for the rest of the series.

    • donda on February 21, 2012, 0:58 GMT

      Sehwag is of no use outside india. Tendulkar needs to retire from ODI. young talent should be promoted in Indian ODI team.

    • RameshRayaprolu on February 21, 2012, 0:43 GMT

      its a wash out day ! Lucky for India, and hard luck to SL, they cannot earn the bonus point in these weather conditions....I don't expect the match to happen, if it happens, it might be a DL affected ODI...converting into a T20.....per my guess, IND and SL, take 2 points each...

    • sunilssagar on February 21, 2012, 0:33 GMT

      there should be rotation policy within couple of group like first group sachin,sehwag,gambhir out of three two shud play every game.Second group should be rohit,raina,tiwary,virat ,out of four three shud play every game.out of all rounders irfan and jadeja one shud be play one or two game.same with wicketkeeper dhoni and parthiv and out of two spinner ashwin and rahul and last but the least out of four medium pace three shud be playing subject to playing condition.this how rotation policy works.it not abt playing every match for captian,batsman,all rounder and fast bolwer.everyone shud be given equal chance to gain some experience becoz we are under the process of team buliding and getting a exp. of two three matches for every team player would have worked them as gold due to nxt world cup venue is australia.thanks.

    • CSK_chennai on February 22, 2012, 0:08 GMT

      If India would have bat first, result would have been other way around. India lost toss 5/6 times. Also that one time Dhoni ask Aus to bat first due to bad weather. Its a myth that SL improved on their performance. Also very poor bowling from Indian's on last 7 overs.

    • Karthi_2K11 on February 21, 2012, 16:22 GMT

      Here is a quick reckoner to check if any of the CB tri-series contenders may end up playing dead rubbers. Aus are best-placed to qualify for the best-of-three finals, & even if they tie with Ind on points after having dropped all 3 of their remaining games in the league play-offs, they are better placed because they have a healthy net run-rate. If Ind drops one more of their remaining 2 games, then they are not technically out yet (if Ind drop the Aus or SL game, then they have to either hope that SL drop all their remaining 3 games, or if not, then Ind have to not only win against SL or Aus, but do it outright, & earn a bonus point if SL wins even 1 of their remaining 3 games.) If SL drops 2 of their remaining 3 games, & Ind win only one of their remaining 2 games, SL are not technically out yet, as their bonus point will come in handy & they will pip Ind to the post by a solitary point. Only if Ind or SL lose all their games in their respective scenarios, are they out of contention.

    • zenboomerang on February 21, 2012, 4:33 GMT

      @RameshRayaprolu :- "its a wash out day"... No, its looking like a typical day in Brissy... The odd afternoon storm (very short) with possible storms & showers this evening... This will suit Sri Lanka batting 1st as the D/L method most likely will only come into effect tonight while India is batting... If SL bat well & don't lose many wkts the D/L will be harder on India...

    • mahesh8811 on February 21, 2012, 2:19 GMT

      its not about who should be in the team, who shouldn't. once u select 11 players in a team it is there responsibility to play and win match. rotating,non-rotating,picking him, dropping him too much whinging in indian team.all of your player should perform.they don't trained hard and doesn't have wining spirit.wining is not a luck.

    • on February 21, 2012, 1:57 GMT

      27 degrees in brisbane, there will be 50 over match, hurray. come on india

    • on February 21, 2012, 1:54 GMT

      sri lanka is now on the right track with the new captain mahela and the lions will put down india today - coz the inform batsman is out of the team for india

    • on February 21, 2012, 1:44 GMT

      If Mahela Jayawardene averages that as an opener why on earth will you play him @ No 5. I think he should only be played as an opener but I won't mind him playing @ No 4,but Chandimal is doing a great job there,so let him be the opener for the rest of the series.

    • donda on February 21, 2012, 0:58 GMT

      Sehwag is of no use outside india. Tendulkar needs to retire from ODI. young talent should be promoted in Indian ODI team.

    • RameshRayaprolu on February 21, 2012, 0:43 GMT

      its a wash out day ! Lucky for India, and hard luck to SL, they cannot earn the bonus point in these weather conditions....I don't expect the match to happen, if it happens, it might be a DL affected ODI...converting into a T20.....per my guess, IND and SL, take 2 points each...

    • sunilssagar on February 21, 2012, 0:33 GMT

      there should be rotation policy within couple of group like first group sachin,sehwag,gambhir out of three two shud play every game.Second group should be rohit,raina,tiwary,virat ,out of four three shud play every game.out of all rounders irfan and jadeja one shud be play one or two game.same with wicketkeeper dhoni and parthiv and out of two spinner ashwin and rahul and last but the least out of four medium pace three shud be playing subject to playing condition.this how rotation policy works.it not abt playing every match for captian,batsman,all rounder and fast bolwer.everyone shud be given equal chance to gain some experience becoz we are under the process of team buliding and getting a exp. of two three matches for every team player would have worked them as gold due to nxt world cup venue is australia.thanks.

    • AnoMaLy on February 21, 2012, 0:29 GMT

      What has Sehwag done on this tour? No one is bringing his name up. Why because he made 219. How long will that score merit a place for him? Getting out to full tosses he can't field either. Perhaps time for him to go back to Ranji level again.

    • sathish008 on February 21, 2012, 0:26 GMT

      Rohit and Raina, both should be in the XI and Jadeja should be dropped. Raina n Rohit can roll their Arms. Jadeja is not doing anything great though.

    • on February 21, 2012, 0:13 GMT

      India should go with all three at top, Parthiv is sure, Fast Bowler should be Pathan, Khan and Vinay Kumar. Ashwin for spin. One spot to Tiwari. One spot from three Rohit/Raina/Jadeja. If Raina can finish his 10 overs then lets give one more chance to him instead of Jadeja. So final 11 would be Sachin, Sehvag, Gambhir, Kohil, Raina, Tiwari, Parthiv, Irfan, Aswin, Khan, Vinay Kumar. Tiwari can aslo bowl. If you want Jadeja then replace him with Raina.

    • hsitasP on February 20, 2012, 23:57 GMT

      Why don't we leave it to Sehwag (the captain) to pick the team of his choice?

    • Dipan11 on February 20, 2012, 23:54 GMT

      Sachin is not in best of the form right now. The order for India should be. 1. Sehwag 2. P.Patel 3. Gambhir 4. Tendulker 5. Kohli 6. Raina 7. Rohit Sharma 8. R.Ashwin. 9. I. Pathan 10. Vinaykumar 11. U. Yadev Give sometime to Sachin and let him use the middle over. that should release a pressure a bit and also make middle order much more stronger.

    • imakiji on February 20, 2012, 23:24 GMT

      Srilanka is favour for tomorrow match!

    • on February 20, 2012, 22:58 GMT

      Its impossible to fill the gap of dhoni in end of the overs and top order has to take risk But srilanka good bowling attack will be key

    • spinkingKK on February 20, 2012, 22:38 GMT

      My best 11 (in batting order) will be : Patel, Gambhir, Kohli, Tiwary/Sharma, Raina, Sehwag,Pathan,Ashwin,Vinay/Jadeja,Zaheer,Yadav/Jadeja. Jadeja is an outstanding fielder and was showing signs of great form with the bat in the previous match. So, he could also replace either Vinay or Yadav. Yadav is a fantastic fast bowler. However, Srilankans seems to be more comfortable playing the fast bowlers. Vinay has been the find of the series. However, it may be good idea to give him a rest so that he can come fresh in the next game. It is better to rest Tendulkar for couple of games. He will come good towards the final. I agree with Dhoni. If you play Tendulkar and Sehwag, about 20 runs are lost in the field and another 20 runs lost in the running between the wicket.

    • on February 20, 2012, 22:02 GMT

      Why is Sharma not being dropped now or rotated out for Tiwari. You cannot flop for 5 games and keep getting picked.... Yes, he was man of series in the previous series.. But Tiwari has done well too in his game with a hundred.

    • cricketisagame on February 20, 2012, 21:50 GMT

      @ Sudhir Bangalore. Your team contradicts your statements mate. Top 3 still there in your team though you said we have to provide adequate exposure to the new lot. Since when you started to think Sachin and Shehwag are younger than Kohli and Rohit?

    • on February 20, 2012, 21:36 GMT

      Ms dhoni is not a good captain,he is not not building a good team,the way Umesh Yadhav bowled,Dhoni shud have given more confidence on him,again on aswin,where is rahul sharma, who looked so impressive????only good thing dhoni on team building prospective is virat koli,but he had wasted rohit sharma,dhoni spoiled amit mishra,he is a wonderful bowler whenthe captain supports him with a good field? and everyone knows wat had happend to ishant sharma,strong attacking field would have made a different ishant sharma!!!

    • cksakhida on February 20, 2012, 21:26 GMT

      india will only win by the three openers - Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir. these 3 should always be there. if the management wants rotation policy then it should be applied to MS Dhoni, Rohit and Raina. if India want to win CB Series then top 3 should be always there keeping in mind the 2015 World Cup in Aus and NZ.

    • cricketindau on February 20, 2012, 21:15 GMT

      best thing happened to Indian cricket.

    • SRT_GENIUS on February 20, 2012, 21:08 GMT

      How can you say unequivocally that Dhoni is India's best batsman in this series ? What about Gambhir, eh ?

    • DRABU007 on February 20, 2012, 21:07 GMT

      @WishIndiaImprove ..put u r money on SL & relax and support India..LOL just kidding..by performance india havent inspired the suppoters?

    • SRT_GENIUS on February 20, 2012, 21:00 GMT

      Err... is the caption sponsoder by Dhoni ????? Gambhir is the best batsman for India in this series! Dhoni is the guy who nearly lost a match and tied a match India should've won!

    • street_smart on February 20, 2012, 20:55 GMT

      Manoj Tiway should bat at No. 4

    • dnmrao on February 20, 2012, 20:55 GMT

      I don't understand why Jadeja's place is so secured in spite of his dismal performance with bat and ball. He is a name sake all rounder.

    • on February 20, 2012, 20:48 GMT

      Drop one of the seniors and bring in tiwari partiv opens so no worries on opening

    • on February 20, 2012, 20:44 GMT

      In first place Ashwin should not have been dropped, the idea of having four seamers was not great. The problem of Indian cricket is, the selectors are keeping spent forces like TENDULKAR, SEHWAG, GAMBHIR, DRAVID, LAXMAN, AND EVEN DHONI, keep hanging in there. There are really lot of promising cricketers there, but like Australian selectors our selectrores are not coming forward to say, Ponting you are dropped, Do you get me Krish?

    • AvidCricFan on February 20, 2012, 20:40 GMT

      We have been in eternal hope of Indian batting line up firing on all cylinders in this tour, specially Shewag and SRT to fire. Time again their performances have been lackluster. Considering the nature of wicket at Brisbane, it is unlikely that they will fire. However, Indian batting and bowling has an edge over SL and may scrap through. Reliance on two batsmen performance is too dangerous.

    • on February 20, 2012, 20:37 GMT

      Indian cricket is in mess, it has become indecisive in making a right selection. long time back all so much rated seniors and ageing cricketers should have been dropped and the youngesters should have been firmly put in the saddle. Tendulkar, Sehwag, Gambhir, Ishant, Laxman, Dravid, and Dhoni too should have been dropped long time back, as their presence in the team is a libility, they don't have that energy level or sharpness, which made them stars.Tomorrow they could win, if they put their heads to gether and get focussed. the talent is there but some body to inspire and build the confidence is at discount,The selectors and the managers have to wake up and start things seriously. In this direction the news Ponting is thinking of retirement is a prudent sgnal that when it is time to call it a day, our cricketers should not shy from calling a day. Is Tendulkar and Sehwag listening?

    • on February 20, 2012, 20:37 GMT

      all the srilankan fans feel that they will beat india comfortably. we all know if sachin/sehwag/gambhir score runs what will happen and this team bats till number 9. i still feel this is a 50-50 chance for both teams and may the best team win.

    • silly_mid_on on February 20, 2012, 20:36 GMT

      Rain and storms in my hometown Brisbane today. There may be some play but I doubt there will be a 50 over game.

    • cric_bd on February 20, 2012, 20:33 GMT

      bellow 250....... India can chase........if bat first then they need atleast 280+.......

    • SRAM20 on February 20, 2012, 20:29 GMT

      I would play Suresh Raina because he is a far better fielder than any of the other guys, and also he can hit the big shots better than Rohit and he has a better attitude than Rohit Sharma. I would also bring in Manoj Tiwary for Ravindra Jadeja. For the fifth bowler, Raina, Sehwag, Kohli and Tiwary can share the 10 overs to be bowled by the 5th bowler.... Atleast 3 of them are good enough to be a more than decent 5th bowler. Tiwary is as good a fielder as Jadeja, and he is a specialist batsman than Jadeja who is a bits and pieces guy. And yes, PLAY ALL THREE OPENERS and play Gambhir at one down.

    • on February 20, 2012, 20:22 GMT

      Drop Jadeja and bring Sehwag. Parthiv will play in place of Dhoni.

      it's balanced team this way. Gambhir and Sachin should open. or better send Rohit to open. He is class player and he can adapt there too. Sehwag should come 2/3 down. Don't play parthiv as opener. Otherwise, he will throw his wicket away.

    • on February 20, 2012, 20:21 GMT

      india will win tomorrow... as first time in series.. sachin sehwag n gambhir will play together ..........all d best india.....batting first and score more than 300 runs.. thts my prediction..........

    • frank2011 on February 20, 2012, 20:18 GMT

      Go the lions :) Pray for rain India! You are the official punching bag for Australian and SL in the CB series now :)

    • nyc_missile on February 20, 2012, 20:18 GMT

      Why the heck is Jadeja still there in the probables,if we have thrown the weight behind Raina&Rohit all this while, let us continue,at least they are proper batsmen.What value is Jadeja at 7 who cant hit big or take wickets regularly with the ball(if given:).Poor Tiwari must be thinking what else should he do to get in..IF Jadeja still plays even under the new captain I must cynically conclude what I had feared all along that IPL&market forces play a role in team selection which is dangerous!So the $2 million man gets to play all matches regardless of his performance.My team for this match- Sehwag,Patel,Gambhir,Kohli,Rohit,Tiwari,Raina,Pathan,Ashwin,ZK&Umesh. Sachin if fit can play in the middle order in place of Raina as we're top heavy in this match anyway,need to insulate the youngish middle order.Dump Jadeja and (or) Raina,Rohit deserves more chances,even if it means atonement for the test sins made by Dhoni&mgmt!Also he can tonk the short ball as we've seen already unlike Raina!

    • Abhimanyu on February 20, 2012, 20:13 GMT

      India needs to bring in Manoj Tiwari if they are serious about wining this tournament. He scored a century in his last ODI, how can you keep him out for players like Rohit Sharma or Suresh Raina??

    • on February 20, 2012, 20:11 GMT

      I think India will win today despite Dhoni is not playing.gud luk India

    • KENNETH2007 on February 20, 2012, 20:08 GMT

      If India is playing all the stars which are fadding away.. then they should atleast shine bright before block out..which would be respectful and would teach the youngsters the tendency to fight back and win the match... My option is 1.Gambhir 2.Partiv Patel 3.Kohli 4.Tiwary 5.rohit/raina 6.irfan 7.ashwin 8.vinay 9.zaheer 10.umesh 11.jadeja/praveen kumar at least we would be satisfied that this was a young team which tried and lost then to have star studded team loosing embarrasingly...

    • on February 20, 2012, 19:51 GMT

      Sehwag, Gambhir, Sachin, Kohli, Raina, Parthiv, Irfan, Ashwin, Zaheer, Vinay, Yadav.... Rohit in place of Raina is acceptable. This is quite a deep batting lineup. But no doubt we do need all three "openers", not because Dhoni is missing, but because Jadeja needs to be "rested".

    • Cpt.Meanster on February 20, 2012, 19:51 GMT

      As much as India are unsettled, the Sri Lankans are too. Both teams have many inconsistent players. India have some quality in their middle order which SL don't so I would say India have the upper hand. But given India's recent woes it would be best to sit back and see what unfolds.

    • on February 20, 2012, 19:46 GMT

      Perfect time to give ajinka and tiwari a chance instead selextors go with 3 seniora. India never learns

    • SuperStar_XI on February 20, 2012, 19:43 GMT

      had India picked up Dinesh Karthik in this ODI series squad ..we would felt more confident with him replacing Dhoni for tomorrows match . but.now with Parthiv at 5 and Jadeja at 6 ..this team looks really weak in the middle order ..all thanks to the Indian selectors who has persisted with Parthiv Patel inspite of several poor performances consistenetly ..

    • hhillbumper on February 20, 2012, 19:38 GMT

      Lets hope Tendulkar gets his ton so that he can retire and stop desecrating the game.If he does cue the usual outburst of greatest ever batsman and cue the rest of the world realising that he just ain't that good.

    • indian1980 on February 20, 2012, 19:21 GMT

      India need to work really hard if they want to win this game. The Indian batting is adisaster and i don"t know why we still keeping U Yadav in one day game< he is not a oneday player.

    • on February 20, 2012, 19:15 GMT

      dhoni said yestrady playig 3 siniers 20 od... run losing fideng last game ind play only 2 siniers & ind loose 110 runs & tomorow going to play 3 of them .....what will be risalt plz ...dhoni dont..blame to much about 3 of them ...what about ur yung guns how much ther are score ind loosing main reason not only opener middle order...plz ..plz....drop ..rohit & bring manoj tiwary rohit already play 5 mach he dint score a 50 ...next 3 mach give chance to tiwary we can test him my be better reasolt will ......................goodluck tam india.............

    • on February 20, 2012, 19:13 GMT

      INDIA WILL WIN............................................ SRILANKA THEY WILL TALK TOO MUCH PLZ GO THROUGH TH RECO. HOW MANY MATCHES THEY HAVE WON AGAINST INDAI IN AUS?

    • AvidCricFan on February 20, 2012, 19:11 GMT

      SL batsmen will struggle on gaba wicket if India picks right bowlers. SL players have same weakness on bounce and swing as Indians. SL does not have quality bowling as Aussie. India will prevail even if Dhoni is out.

    • posybeon123 on February 20, 2012, 18:38 GMT

      jadeja didnt bowl... y keep him????????????? bring in sewhag (if fit), guati, sachin, koli, raina, rohit, patel, irfan, zak, ashwin, yadav.... who is vinay kumar????????? not in this order though

    • Sports4Youth on February 20, 2012, 18:35 GMT

      Should be an interesting match. As the competition progresses it is getting tighter and tighter. I hope tomorow India wins and stays in the competition. Also high time that Sehwag and Tendulkar did something substantial with the bat.

    • on February 20, 2012, 18:32 GMT

      For those who feel Tiwary should play tomorrow's match let me tell you that isn't happening..... they'll give him a chance come what may.... FULL STOP

    • Andy83 on February 20, 2012, 18:21 GMT

      I'm still not sure why Vinay Kumar and Jadeja are in the playing eleven!

    • on February 20, 2012, 18:16 GMT

      india will win..4 sure!!!!

    • on February 20, 2012, 18:15 GMT

      if we dont have any other middle order batsman in the country, can we buy an indian middle order batsman who couldnt get into team india or indian local club matches as replacement for Lahiru Thirimanne? or would we atleast try Bangladesh or afganistan in search of middle order batsman to replace Lahiru Thirimanne?is Lahiru Thirimanne is the only guy we got in the country?

    • on February 20, 2012, 18:13 GMT

      wht the helll...india will this match easily and u fools out there.....tiwary is of no use....jedeja is a very good fielder nd a spinner.....bt nt gud batsman....tiwary is nothing nd will nt even play 1 match in dis tri series....

    • on February 20, 2012, 18:10 GMT

      hope Lahiru Thirimanne isnt playing. he already had 8 ODI to prove himself. even great player like pointing got just 5games to prove himself n was dropped. R we giving out of form Lahiru Thirimanne, 8 ODI chance to get hom back to form? Lahiru Thirimanne entered ODI out of form n stayed out of form all 8 matches. one seems to wonder does Lahiru Thirimanne has any form?

    • on February 20, 2012, 17:56 GMT

      Will be a grt test for the indian youngsters.... Rohit/raina shud not be given any more chance.. Rohit throws his wicket... Raina short ball verdict...

    • sridhar8 on February 20, 2012, 17:55 GMT

      My ideal combo is Sehwag, Sachin, Gambhir, Kohli, Raina, Patel, Jadeja, Ashwin, Zaheer, Umesh, Vinay ... I think Sachin has to open with Sehwag not with Gambhir. Unless Sachin fires in this game, I don't see India winning !

    • WellwisherINDIA on February 20, 2012, 17:37 GMT

      MANOJ THIWARY HAS GOT BEST CHANCE TO START IN AUSTRALIA WITH TOMORROW'S MATCH,specially with Srilanka, otherwise its too late.PLS GIVE HIM A CHANCE. Hopefully PRAVEEN KUMAR also. If there a choice between Raina and Rohit sharma RAINA must be playing against Srilanka.

    • on February 20, 2012, 17:35 GMT

      Where are the all Indian selectors???? aren't they reading these comments... How do they select players without reading these???? :D

    • Rushikey on February 20, 2012, 17:35 GMT

      I am desperately want to see Sachin, Sehwag and Gauti play together. As per Dhoni's logic, I know they are not good fielder comapre to younger players. but they are better batsman than any of these youngster (except Kohli).

    • NP_NY on February 20, 2012, 17:34 GMT

      @Kugan Kn: Never say never mate! The law of averages is in SL's favor Dhoni is the only Indian batsman who has been consistently scoring runs. I think tomorrow could be SL's day (although I'd really like to see India win without Dhoni).

    • T_Vinod_Kumar on February 20, 2012, 17:33 GMT

      @Lester Orie, Brett Lee plays for Sri Lanka??

    • on February 20, 2012, 17:32 GMT

      We are the champions. still 22 million people behind them with one nation of cricket.Jayavewa

    • on February 20, 2012, 17:31 GMT

      My team:1. V.Sehwag 2. S.Tendulkar 3.G.Gambhir 4.V.kohli 5.M.Tiwary 6.R.Sharma 7.P.Patel 8.R.Ashwin 9.I.Pathan 10.Z.Khan 11.P.Kumar

    • bipulkumar on February 20, 2012, 17:28 GMT

      Well Sehwag can be the non-playing captain to make room for Tiwari.

    • asithaSL on February 20, 2012, 17:28 GMT

      I think, Sri Lanka will win the match 2mrw.., Coz they are playing more better than Indians, MS absent ll be hugely effect to India, not only for batting, his awesome captaincy. TM , Mahela , Chandi n Sanga all in good touch and they ll try to do more better in 2mrw must win game.. All da best guyz...!!

    • on February 20, 2012, 17:25 GMT

      As couple of readers mentioned, Sachin should bat at No.4 to render solidarity at the top. Play Gambhir and Parthiv at the top (Parthiv as ODI night watchman to protect Sehwag and Sachin against Malinga. LOL). Gauti and Patel followed by Sehwag, Sachin, Kohli , Raina / Tiwari, Pathan, Ashwin, Jadeja, Praveen and Zaheer. Vinay has done well this tour and he needs some rest, if he has to fit for finals

    • CrazyforcricketIII on February 20, 2012, 17:21 GMT

      ABI- Anybody but India- LOL- Good Luck Sri Lanka!

    • cricketcrazy555 on February 20, 2012, 17:14 GMT

      Sachin,Parthiv(wk),Gambhir(capt),kohli,Tiwary,Jadeja,Raina,Ashwin,Irfan,Vinay,Zaheer

    • on February 20, 2012, 17:12 GMT

      It may be a blessing in disguise if India win without Dhoni then in future matches the surge could be useful. India face a challenge of proving the point that they have not only won the WC but they can also top the ICC ranking which they have not done despite holding WC.

    • Shiva_Ram on February 20, 2012, 17:09 GMT

      Atleast sehwag should win the toss. Mr.Dhone before blaming Seniour Batsman , first pls try to learn how to win the toss..

    • Unmesh_cric on February 20, 2012, 16:53 GMT

      For this one match, India can go with with 7 batters as Dhoni is missing. Both Raina and Rohit can play in that case. This would be Rohit's last chance to prove his mettle in this series. Between Raina, Rohit and Kohli, 10 overs can be bowled. My team: 1.Sehwag 2.Tendulkar 3.Gambhir 4.Kohli 5.Rohit 6.Raina 7.Parthiv 8.Ashwin 9.Zaheer 10.Umesh 11.Vinay/Irfan

    • samudralakiku on February 20, 2012, 16:50 GMT

      @Kugan - I think you are wrong. SL will win. They are getting better every match & India are getting worse.

    • TRAM on February 20, 2012, 16:43 GMT

      If Jadeja can be in the Indian team just for his fielding and state-level bowling and batting, RSathish can as well be in the Indian team. I cant forget his Aussie standard boundary line catch in the ICL.

    • on February 20, 2012, 16:42 GMT

      Article is only about Indian Teams tacts and very far away from pre-match analyse..

    • on February 20, 2012, 16:40 GMT

      We should remove Sachin, Raina, Rohit and Sehwag and Replace Young players then only India can win.

    • on February 20, 2012, 16:38 GMT

      Nothing of the sort will actually happen if the Indians Keep a cool mind and a lineup like this, india will never lose 1. Sehwag 2. Gambhir 3. Kohli 4. Tendulkar 5. Rohit 6. jadeja 7. Parthiv 8. Ashwin 9. Pathan 10. Zahir 11. Yadav

    • on February 20, 2012, 16:34 GMT

      India is going to lose 2morrow,only thing we can do is to see how big that will be??????

    • on February 20, 2012, 16:32 GMT

      Very Very sorry to say. Now a days Dhoni is not at his best as far the captaincy issue is concerned. Taking too much freedom he has and doing a lot of mistakes. He has never tried Manoj tiwary, Parthiv, Rahul. Even if we have gud Kapil dev at his peak, or Zaheer at his peak, I could not find reason why dhoni played with four seamers. In this type of big ground he should have tried Rahul Sharma by dropping one pace bowler. One more thing which dhoni is mentioning is not right. He always says that rohit in as much matches since he can play world cup. By now itself selectors would have decided to drop him by next series itself. Still he has not included the last match centurion played by manoj. And his comment nowadays is not gud at all. He should place the seniors elders according to bowlers unwanted places and keep the bowlers in check. What is the point in rotation of only openers. What Rohit, Raina has performed till now? He has to change his attitude when playing.

    • on February 20, 2012, 16:30 GMT

      Why we need Jadeja, drop him and bring Manoj Tiwari!

    • Al_Bundy1 on February 20, 2012, 16:22 GMT

      Drop all non-performers ... young or old. That means no SRT and no Rohit. Please play Manoj Tiwary in place of Rohit and Viru in place of SRT. Maybe Ashwin in place of Jadeja or Yadav. Yadav should be preserved for test matches. Don't make him play all the matches - he will break down. Either way...no SRT please...whenever he plays...we lose.

    • Nampally on February 20, 2012, 16:12 GMT

      India cannot afford to play 3 all rounders in Ashwin, Jadeja & Pathan. It is fast bowlers' wicket. So Jadeja is rested. This allows room for 3 specialist bowlers - 2 seamers + spinner or 3 seamers. 4 Seamer experience failed in the last match. So 2 seamers + Rahul is a better choice.Will India still go with rotation in the top 3? I think not. So Sehwag, Gambhir & Sachin play. Parthiv (WK)+Kohli & Raina or Tiwary complete the line up. Indian batsmen should realise that Dhoni is not in the line up to save the consistently failing batting. So each guy needs to play responsibly first & at least get 250 on the board. It is only possible if the top 3 get at least 50 each. This is "Do or Die" match. SL is a determined team & it will require everyone showing up to win the match. It will be easier to beat SL than the hosts. So a very determined batting is a MUST. Do not commit suicide by fishing outside the off.Sehwag & Sachin it is high time 2 ODI double centurians show up - India Needs You!

    • ddlj26 on February 20, 2012, 16:11 GMT

      I believe dhoni's exclusion might just be a blessing in disguise in terms of team unity... i clearly believe his political upheaval of captaincy monopoly was hurting the team chemistry and mental approach...... Anyways i believe this should be the playing XI with parthiv and sehwag opening, gambhir at 1 down, sachin at 2 down, kohli, raina, jadeja, ashwin, pathan, zaheer, umesh yadav

    • on February 20, 2012, 16:08 GMT

      Sri lanka has a good chance of wining this game as they show some improvement in every game.

    • Dimitri_SL on February 20, 2012, 16:05 GMT

      Oh Noo....now who's there to convert an "Easy Win" to either a "Last ball Heroic" or a "Hard fought Tie" for India??? Sri Lanka all the way GO LIONS....

    • on February 20, 2012, 15:59 GMT

      We in the subcontinent have a hbit of sensationlising & politicising everything.It is a matter fo fact that the captain has stated that our top 3 batmens are infact the slowest movers on those large Oz grounds.Age of these stalwarts does add to the fact.Hence its time to recognise this fact & move ahead by providing adequate exposure to the new lot on the bouncy OZ pitches where the next WC will be held.Ideal Xi for tomorrow's match against SL should be:Sehwag+SRT,Gambhir,Manoj Tiwari,Raina,Parthiv,Ashwin,Umesh Yadav,Zak &Vinay Kumar. For the next match against OZ,Dhoni replaces Parthiv & Umesh is replaced by Irfan Pathan. Sometime in the tourney,use Rahul Sharma in place of Ashwin.

    • on February 20, 2012, 15:58 GMT

      Sri lanka has a good chance of wining this game as they show some improvement in every game.

    • WishIndiaImprove on February 20, 2012, 15:57 GMT

      My heart thinks India will win... My brain says SL will win... Which one is correct?

    • on February 20, 2012, 15:45 GMT

      srilankan win for sure ...... only rain can save India

    • i_am_cricketer on February 20, 2012, 15:25 GMT

      cricinfo 11 is good only remove jadeja bring tivari

    • Ravinda.bulathgama on February 20, 2012, 15:21 GMT

      Sri Lankans will have to pull up their socks and come out of their complacent attitude. especially catch droppers Matthews and Malinga who also seems to have rested his most potent weapon the toe crusher. Mahela seems to be pulling the rest of the team which won't work always. They will have to pull together and get the trophy and then get ready for the Champions cup.

    • JustIPL on February 20, 2012, 15:19 GMT

      Wonderful chance for SL to get the better of this Indian team and keep surging until they get revenge of their world cup defeat. Hopefully, this time SL will not repeat their mistake of making wholesale chages to give India a chance to win. Dhoni, dropping himself technically so things rest on kohlis and rainas lets see how they take the challenge. Ashwin should play as he is amongst the run getters and evvery one is cofused as if he is an all rounder.

    • yorkslanka on February 20, 2012, 15:17 GMT

      Sri Lanka need to remove the mental block they seem to face when playing against India, we always seem to try and restrict them whereas we try and bowl Australia out( and succeed)..good luck for tomorrow sri lanka,just keep improving our cricket as we have been doing recently...

    • on February 20, 2012, 15:15 GMT

      India should get rain in that line up for sure then they can think about a draw

    • on February 20, 2012, 15:14 GMT

      Let both Rohit Sharma and Raina give way for Manoj Tiwary and Parthiv Patel...!!

    • Rizynoor on February 20, 2012, 15:10 GMT

      Guys... no worries and debate, it is going to be a washed out game; simply sharing points...unlucky Sri Lanka

    • Vilander on February 20, 2012, 15:08 GMT

      Ind will win this

    • on February 20, 2012, 15:06 GMT

      i think tomarrow rain uncle will came so points will be devided equally to both india and srilanka and india remain as second positison in points table...

    • avizzzy on February 20, 2012, 15:06 GMT

      Boys, i am afraid we are thinking too much ahead. let's not take anything away from the indians. A change might also do good fo the indian team. Who knows the new on field captain might think differently. So let's not start the word war here and loose the game on the field. Will see how the match progresses tomorrow. until then it is definitely a 50:50 match..cheers

    • Nampally on February 20, 2012, 14:26 GMT

      Packing the XI with too many all rounders is not the answer to the Indian batting woes. Kohli, Rohit, Raina & Jadeja need to produce or be dropped. You cannot be assured of a spot just for fielding alone by blaming the Seniors of leaking out 20 runs each, as per Dhoni!. Can Jadeja justify his spot in XI just for fielding? So far only Gambhir & Dhoni batted well with a degree of consistency to keep India in the tourney!. The rest of the batting was poor & irresponsible. It is a crunch time vs. SL! India will probably open with Parthiv & Sehwag with Gambhir, Sachin, Kohli, Raina, Ashwin, Pathan to follow. The last 3 spots need 2 seamers + a specialist batsmen or a bowler.I will fill in with Yadev , Vinay & Rahul Sharma/Tiwary. I prefer Rahul because he can contain runs with tight bowling along with Ashwin. The 3 seamers need to bowl well with the new ball. If this bowling can restrict SL to 225, India has a good chance of chasing that total successfully. Its a Must win situation!

    • on February 20, 2012, 14:23 GMT

      Team India needs a well deserved win for the upcoming match & i'm hoping from them to do so.Our experienced trios Sehwag , Tendulkar and Gambhir need to score match winning runs.

    • on February 20, 2012, 14:23 GMT

      india shud go for manoj tiwari in place of rohit sharma and rahul sharma in place of vinay kumar!!dhoni's ban automatically makes way for sehwag so all three openers can play this match

    • on February 20, 2012, 14:13 GMT

      With all the 3 senior players likely to play, I would be tempted to open with Patel and Gambhir, Virat Kohli at 3, followed by Sachin Tendulkar, Suresh Raina, Virendra Sehwag, Irfan Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Zaheer Khan and Vinay Kumar.

    • on February 20, 2012, 14:12 GMT

      sri lanka will loose this match. we never win against india.

    • on February 20, 2012, 14:10 GMT

      Indian team management seems to have a big problem!!!! tat wil reval on day!!!! !! there is no reason why seway didnt perform well in australia test series, who started really well at MCG !!!!!even with sachin tooo!!! Gambir seems to be different batsmen when he plays ODI series!!!! Tie between Srilan was 100% due to dhoni's poor batting tatics.... he doesnt trust his players ,when they bowl,inturn gives a diffensive field,and everyone knows tat irfan pathan runout was a big gamble!!!! Think wat would hae happend in england or australia or south africa and other countries if the batsmen fails like this???? Indian squad should be banned and send a A team they wil perform better!

    • on February 20, 2012, 14:06 GMT

      With Dhoni out and with the middle order so frail, wouldn't it make sense for Sachin to bat at, say, number four - not only as cover for Dhoni, but also as a means of avoiding Brett Lee in his opening spell?

    • SnowSnake on February 20, 2012, 14:06 GMT

      I think Indian bowlers should learn from SL bowlers. Malinga is very intelligent fast bowler. Indian fast bowlers don't bowl intelligently except Praveen Kumar, who appears to bowl well.

    • AvidCricFan on February 20, 2012, 14:03 GMT

      Manoj Tiwari should be in equation of playing 11. Rohit Sharma and Raina have failed miserably. While Rohit Sharma may have immense talent, he hasn't shown what it takes to put meaningful innings together. He gets out to what I term as "unforced errors" in cricketing term, errors that are primarily batsman caused. Five matches are good number of chances.

    • on February 20, 2012, 14:02 GMT

      Hope Sehwag comes up with good strategies. If Sachin comes into form then everything will fall into its place. Worrying factor is Sachin, if he fires then any team is beatable. I feel that either Jadeja and Rohit Sharma might be dropped. If Jadeja do not bowl then there is no point in keeping him in the team as batsmen. I feel India has better look of Gabba before Sri Lanka. So, they have to play well. At Gabba Sri Lanka past record is poor, so, India must take advantage. Play of Mallinga and Harth carefully and attack other bowlers.

    • on February 20, 2012, 13:59 GMT

      Srilanka have a definite chance of winning tomorrow's match considering India's current plight.The one and only in form batsman,MS Dhoni, has been unfortunately ruled out of the match.It's been treat to watch him play under pressure cooker situation....

    • SriLankanLions on February 20, 2012, 13:58 GMT

      Come on Sri Lanka! We, fans have always backed you no matter what you had to go through. Now it's the time to win our pride back. Just win this game and I'm sure you'll make it to finals. The history will be in the making then. :lions' roar:

    • IanJF on February 20, 2012, 13:56 GMT

      I feel the thrashing momentum will continue to this game.. SLs only obstacle will be rain..

    • on February 20, 2012, 13:53 GMT

      The India captain was given a one-match ban as his side sanctioned for a slow over-rate _ but i think it will be intresting to see how india goes well without lucky leader sehwag and sachin is realy need to be fire,our bowler also given lout of loses delivery whose going for boundry . we try to stop this kind of runs_and left thinking if sachin,sehwag,goutam will play india cant save 20-30 runs _its wrong bcoz if one of these play on that day according to his ability india can score 50 or 60 runs more,,,,,

    • SreesGame on February 20, 2012, 13:51 GMT

      India has always been relying on the first 3 players + Dhoni in this series. Gambir/Tendulkar/Kohli contributed for the wins and ties so far and Dhoni did the rest. Players like Rohit / Raina are wasting their opportunities. If Sehwag consistently has fitness issues, why are they not looking for alternates. There is no player rotation in this series. They are relying more on Ashwin now. He bowls a decent spell and bats little bit. Ajinkya Rahane was taken just to go around Australia?

    • Kavum on February 20, 2012, 13:47 GMT

      Think Raina should play instead of Rohit since SL does not have bowlers who can bother Raina with fast, short pitched bowling. If Sachin is not fit Rohit could play. For SL, Lahiru at 5 or 6 is a big risk; has talent but not the class of a top batter. With Mahela and Dilly opening, I would move Chandimal to 3 and play Sanga at 4 to provide a buffer if one or two wickets go quickly. Playing Mathews, Maharoof and Thisara together is a recipe for disaster despite it working last time around. They are all too similar in the bowling dept. and Maharoof's fielding could be a weak link. These three, together with Nuwan Kula, will bowl in the 120 to 135 KPH range which will be cannon fodder against the boys in blue, especially Sehwag. Also Sachitra is a much better bet than Herath who IMHO should only play test cricket. Jeewan Mendis should be in this side. Finally, looks like Malinga badly needs a rest. After all, he should be kept fit for IPL!

    • on February 20, 2012, 13:36 GMT

      sehwag will do it for india!!!... Mark my words

    • skumar8494 on February 20, 2012, 13:35 GMT

      India XI for SL match 1 Sachin Tendulkar, 2 Virender Sehwag (capt), 3 Gautam Gambhir, 4 Virat Kohli, 5 Suresh Raina, 6 Parthiv Patel (wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Irfan Pathan, 10 Zaheer Khan, 11 Umesh Yadav. Rohit Sharma out of form and Vinay Kumar hammered by Aus.

    • LDuminda on February 20, 2012, 13:31 GMT

      SL gonna win this match for sure! But i wanna see India vs SL final , looks like it's not gonna happen.

    • on February 20, 2012, 13:31 GMT

      Come on lions; Go as a unit, you have the talent and skills. Fans are waiting for you to beat India.

    • LDuminda on February 20, 2012, 13:30 GMT

      SL gonna win this match for sure! But i wanna see India vs SL final , looks like it's not gonna happen.

    • Romenevans on February 20, 2012, 13:24 GMT

      India is out of this series and the consequences will be shown in this IPL. Thank god, im so happy about it.

    • on February 20, 2012, 13:24 GMT

      :! Wish To See Praveen And Umesh Bowl Togather Soon.. Will Be Awesome

    • truthhh on February 20, 2012, 13:17 GMT

      srilanka srilanka srilanka srilanka srilanka srilanka srilanka

    • Akheel on February 20, 2012, 13:15 GMT

      I, say, too, BRING IT HOME SRI LANKA!

    • Master_Mihil on February 20, 2012, 13:11 GMT

      Good chance to check who's the worst flat track bully.

    • on February 20, 2012, 13:08 GMT

      Can any one please enlighten me how Ravindra Jadeja figures in probable XI ? And also why it should be Rohit Sharma/Suresh Raina and not Manoj Tiwary & Suresh Raina by dropping Ravindra Jadeja ?

    • world.cricketer on February 20, 2012, 13:02 GMT

      Surely India will win if No Rain...............Come on India.

    • dhoni_sachin_fan on February 20, 2012, 13:02 GMT

      can't believe the editor of the article has assumed Jadeja's place in the side is granted. He was pathetic against Aussies and has had a poor CB series so far. I would pick Raina ahead of Jadeja any day

    • on February 20, 2012, 12:45 GMT

      Why not leave out Jadeja & play both Rohit n Tiwary........ Why so much hype around Jadeja....... We have Irfan, Ashwin who can bat. Its not a long tail anymore. Moreover Virat, Rohit, Raina all can bowl so why Jadeja is in the team..... For gods logic please drop him from squad alltogether.

    • on February 20, 2012, 12:43 GMT

      Hope they do not select ravindra jadeja and rohit sharma and select manoj tiwary as we are struggling a lot in batting. raina, sehwag, sachin and kohli can easily fill the quota of the 5th bowler. india should go with 3 quicks including zaheer, irfan and umesh with ashwin the spinner. the lineup should be like this: this will ensure a deep batting till number 9 and a break for struggling rohit and jadeja. 1) sachin 2) sehwag 3) gambhir 4) kohli 5) manoj tiwary 6) raina 7) parthiv 8) ashwin 9) irfan 10) zaheer 11) umesh.

    • rajat-column on February 20, 2012, 12:42 GMT

      Ravindra Jadeja in this team. Are you kidding me. Can anybody tell me on what basis he is in the indian team. An average bowler who even did not got to bowl in the last odi and a nothing batsman who can't clear big grounds and cannot bat in pressure situations. India has lost every match in which he has scored half century. Even ashwin as an allrounder is better than him, no comparisons to Irfan who can win matches on his own.

    • vicky33 on February 20, 2012, 12:35 GMT

      india will definety miss dhoni there suprem batsman in this series but we will still hav some gud players like kohli and gambhir they are in gud form and hav to play well and dont forget india hav to win this match otherwise anything can happen as the series progesses so come on india

    • on February 20, 2012, 12:33 GMT

      Its time to rest jadeja,,, I feel he is pretty much overrated

    • on February 20, 2012, 12:29 GMT

      Mahela..! Do not take anything lightly. Cricket is an uncertain game, though things are favorite and positive for us. Look out for Ashvin. All the best...!

    • Imrazf on February 20, 2012, 12:29 GMT

      Hope the weather doesnt play spoil sport cuz Indians are gonna be thrashed by the mighty LIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • on February 20, 2012, 12:22 GMT

      Why is that Rohit and raina need to make way for parthiv. Instead drop jadega and bring in thivary

    • nasharda on February 20, 2012, 12:18 GMT

      best of luck sri lanka.mahela is really nice to watch

    • on February 20, 2012, 12:17 GMT

      Chances of winning with Dhoni=IND 45%Sl 45% draw 10% due to rain Chances of winning minus Dhoni=IND 25% SL 65% RAIN IS THE SAME WITH SRT,VS AND GG-IND 15% SL 75% No need of rain match wiil be over before it ccomes

    • anikbrad on February 20, 2012, 12:15 GMT

      lets see how the chennai boy and much beloved Parthiv does. we could have gone with utthpa, karthik, saha, or naman. But we chose parthiv. Secondly why jadeja is playing I thing he is practicing for Chennai IPL team and DHONI is helping him. he has not done bowling againnst aus when aus were 11/3 and also 200/3 and aslo he did not score runs he is the best alrounder of India ... Sorry HE IS IPL CHENNAI ASSET. he is net practising with Raina for IPL at the expance of INDIAS pride and shewag is resting and sadly Manoj Tewari who scored a vallient 100 last ODI he played is resing. To give then chance all YOUNGSTARS must fore go money and play for channai at IPL and then see. Manoj scored 3 centuries and has avg of near 200 odd for bengal and he is sitting and raina who is bogus runs is playing. SORRY I forgot in which team has Vinay kumar got in???? Is it chennai???

    • rahulcricket007 on February 20, 2012, 12:14 GMT

      WHAT THE HELL? AGAIN WE ARE PLAYING WITH SIR JADEJA . OH COME ON MAN , WE ALL KNOW HE CAN'T BAT ON AUS PITCHES .

    • on February 20, 2012, 12:10 GMT

      SL have the best bowling line up with 5 fast bowlers and 1 spinner, so chasing is the way to go..cuz batting first and getting rolled over will get India the best chance of a win

    • satish619chandar on February 20, 2012, 12:09 GMT

      Without MS, SL stand against a completely out of form batting lineup with Gauti the only man who has some sorts of form.. At the same time, SL's top order had a welcome return to form with a very steady looking bowling attack.. As of now, SL are very firm favorites for this game.. Waiting to see another composed knock from Chandimal.. Such a exciting player to watch.. Wish Kohli matches him from the Indian side..

    • WellwisherINDIA on February 20, 2012, 12:03 GMT

      Team Against Srilanka (21/02/2012):- Sehwag (capt), Sachin, Gambir, Manoj Tivary, Jadeja, Parthiv Patel (wk), Kohli, Pathan, Aswin, Praveen kumar, Vinay kumar. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE INDIAN TEAM IN THIS BATTING ORDER. Jadeja needs more balls so he is 3rd down, Kohli is going to play Dhoni's role

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    • WellwisherINDIA on February 20, 2012, 12:03 GMT

      Team Against Srilanka (21/02/2012):- Sehwag (capt), Sachin, Gambir, Manoj Tivary, Jadeja, Parthiv Patel (wk), Kohli, Pathan, Aswin, Praveen kumar, Vinay kumar. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE INDIAN TEAM IN THIS BATTING ORDER. Jadeja needs more balls so he is 3rd down, Kohli is going to play Dhoni's role

    • satish619chandar on February 20, 2012, 12:09 GMT

      Without MS, SL stand against a completely out of form batting lineup with Gauti the only man who has some sorts of form.. At the same time, SL's top order had a welcome return to form with a very steady looking bowling attack.. As of now, SL are very firm favorites for this game.. Waiting to see another composed knock from Chandimal.. Such a exciting player to watch.. Wish Kohli matches him from the Indian side..

    • on February 20, 2012, 12:10 GMT

      SL have the best bowling line up with 5 fast bowlers and 1 spinner, so chasing is the way to go..cuz batting first and getting rolled over will get India the best chance of a win

    • rahulcricket007 on February 20, 2012, 12:14 GMT

      WHAT THE HELL? AGAIN WE ARE PLAYING WITH SIR JADEJA . OH COME ON MAN , WE ALL KNOW HE CAN'T BAT ON AUS PITCHES .

    • anikbrad on February 20, 2012, 12:15 GMT

      lets see how the chennai boy and much beloved Parthiv does. we could have gone with utthpa, karthik, saha, or naman. But we chose parthiv. Secondly why jadeja is playing I thing he is practicing for Chennai IPL team and DHONI is helping him. he has not done bowling againnst aus when aus were 11/3 and also 200/3 and aslo he did not score runs he is the best alrounder of India ... Sorry HE IS IPL CHENNAI ASSET. he is net practising with Raina for IPL at the expance of INDIAS pride and shewag is resting and sadly Manoj Tewari who scored a vallient 100 last ODI he played is resing. To give then chance all YOUNGSTARS must fore go money and play for channai at IPL and then see. Manoj scored 3 centuries and has avg of near 200 odd for bengal and he is sitting and raina who is bogus runs is playing. SORRY I forgot in which team has Vinay kumar got in???? Is it chennai???

    • on February 20, 2012, 12:17 GMT

      Chances of winning with Dhoni=IND 45%Sl 45% draw 10% due to rain Chances of winning minus Dhoni=IND 25% SL 65% RAIN IS THE SAME WITH SRT,VS AND GG-IND 15% SL 75% No need of rain match wiil be over before it ccomes

    • nasharda on February 20, 2012, 12:18 GMT

      best of luck sri lanka.mahela is really nice to watch

    • on February 20, 2012, 12:22 GMT

      Why is that Rohit and raina need to make way for parthiv. Instead drop jadega and bring in thivary

    • Imrazf on February 20, 2012, 12:29 GMT

      Hope the weather doesnt play spoil sport cuz Indians are gonna be thrashed by the mighty LIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • on February 20, 2012, 12:29 GMT

      Mahela..! Do not take anything lightly. Cricket is an uncertain game, though things are favorite and positive for us. Look out for Ashvin. All the best...!