Sri Lanka v India, 2nd ODI, Hambantota July 23, 2012

Wind factor a challenge - Jayawardene

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Windy Wellington has competition, from howling Hambantota. The ground here is surrounded by miles of forest and when the wind blows, it really does, from roughly west to east and right across the square. It nearly blows you off your feet; the low stands and grass banks are no barriers at all. The wind is supreme through the day but stops at night, creating different challenges for the batting and fielding sides during the first innings.

Batsmen have to be careful the strong breeze doesn't throw them off their stance, as Virender Sehwag said today. That is not their biggest worry, though. "You have to be careful when playing your shots against the wind or with the wind," Sehwag said. "But we have played in Dambulla and in Wellington, now we are used to the wind."

Batsmen, however, have to worry only about themselves; the fielding captain has others to think about. The ball travels quicker through one side of the field; on the other side, top edges might seem to be carrying to deep fielders, before dropping short. Mahela Jayawardene had experienced the problem when India batted first on Saturday.

"When we were fielding, the challenge for us was the wind," Jayawardene said. "It was quite windy [so it was difficult] for the bowlers as well as some of the guys [who] were off balance. Then, you have to protect one side of the ground better than the other side. This venue is throwing up a lot of different challenges. You need to adapt to it."

The wind stops at night, and that presents different issues to the side defending a total. "One thing we observed [was] the ball was travelling quicker than the day at night," Virat Kohli said after the first game. "[It] surely made a difference. The ball was running off the bat and it is important to assess what we did in the field.

"I think we made a few mistakes, understandably, because we haven't played on this ground before and to get the pace of the ground you probably need a game. Hopefully we can correct those mistakes and put in a good fielding effort in the next game."

Both sides dropped catches and fumbled in the field during the first game. Who will harness the wind better tomorrow?

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on July 24, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    @ Ravi Darira: As you rightly said, if Dravid was playing today he would be "Consolidating" by sucking up balls and finally we would reach a respectable score of 250 and not get bowled out for 138..!! If you are not able to appreciate what Dravid did, then I pity you and I am sure you have started watching cricket recently. Its too early to compare Kohli with Dravid/Sachin/Gangully

  • Narbavi on July 24, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    @Ravi Darira: you should feel ashamed for making such a comment, times have changed, pitches have changed, bowlers have changed, everything, Dravid never consumed balls, he just played according to the situation of the game, can you tell me one game which india lost because of Dravid, but i can tell u we have lost games because of slow batting from DADA and sachin a few times,

  • on July 24, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Ha ha ha..............Jay Hind

  • on July 24, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    All Indians,

    What happened to your very very strong batting line? Now you should be praying, or prevent from watching the match, bz you all can't see when you are defeating no.

  • on July 24, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    Spot on Mahela.. The wind really did make the ball move around today... As expected ...wickets have been free- falling... India are 79-6 at the moment..

  • on July 24, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    hahaha three big guns back in home

  • Vindaliew on July 24, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    It would be so exciting to have more grounds like this. If golf can have certain courses known for their geographical identities, cricket grounds like this could provide an extra twist to matches. Something like the much-talked-about Lords slope.

  • on July 24, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    indians are going to win this series without any fuss....lanka bowlers are average who looked good against pakistan cuz of the weakness of pak batting...but they are nothing against the might of strong indian batting line up

  • letsgo on July 24, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    Any way..its sure the match will be interesting as Srilanka is in the urge to win...lets see. All the best to both the teams..!

  • KingRawana on July 24, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    See MS's comments regarding the evening conditions, ICC should look into this very strongly, this is not a even poised pitch for a game of cricket it you loose the toss 40% of the game being lost any way, this this the king of pitch they want to play T20 world cup games....adamant thinking kills the game for Sri lanka.

  • on July 24, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    @ Ravi Darira: As you rightly said, if Dravid was playing today he would be "Consolidating" by sucking up balls and finally we would reach a respectable score of 250 and not get bowled out for 138..!! If you are not able to appreciate what Dravid did, then I pity you and I am sure you have started watching cricket recently. Its too early to compare Kohli with Dravid/Sachin/Gangully

  • Narbavi on July 24, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    @Ravi Darira: you should feel ashamed for making such a comment, times have changed, pitches have changed, bowlers have changed, everything, Dravid never consumed balls, he just played according to the situation of the game, can you tell me one game which india lost because of Dravid, but i can tell u we have lost games because of slow batting from DADA and sachin a few times,

  • on July 24, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Ha ha ha..............Jay Hind

  • on July 24, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    All Indians,

    What happened to your very very strong batting line? Now you should be praying, or prevent from watching the match, bz you all can't see when you are defeating no.

  • on July 24, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    Spot on Mahela.. The wind really did make the ball move around today... As expected ...wickets have been free- falling... India are 79-6 at the moment..

  • on July 24, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    hahaha three big guns back in home

  • Vindaliew on July 24, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    It would be so exciting to have more grounds like this. If golf can have certain courses known for their geographical identities, cricket grounds like this could provide an extra twist to matches. Something like the much-talked-about Lords slope.

  • on July 24, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    indians are going to win this series without any fuss....lanka bowlers are average who looked good against pakistan cuz of the weakness of pak batting...but they are nothing against the might of strong indian batting line up

  • letsgo on July 24, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    Any way..its sure the match will be interesting as Srilanka is in the urge to win...lets see. All the best to both the teams..!

  • KingRawana on July 24, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    See MS's comments regarding the evening conditions, ICC should look into this very strongly, this is not a even poised pitch for a game of cricket it you loose the toss 40% of the game being lost any way, this this the king of pitch they want to play T20 world cup games....adamant thinking kills the game for Sri lanka.

  • nilb on July 24, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    @spiritwithin dude I didn't say I represent or support Sri Lanka. How'd you figured that out? I don't know if you know about a team from Pakistan who beat England, and played way better than India in England. After a 5-0 losses both in England and Australia you are telling India's best subcontinent team outside subcontinent? I day Sl and Pakistan way better than India outside subcontinent. You guys just don't remember the matches you loose.

  • maddy20 on July 24, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    The wind should be the last thing to worry about for Mahela . He should be more worried about the opposition's batting line up. 6 of the 7 batsmen are capable of big knocks at a brisk rate, especially in the subcontinent.

  • on July 24, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    Indian batting is most danger than all others team.they have some great batsman like kohli, sehwag, gambhir and captain ms dhoni. i think India would win this series for huge margin because Srilankan team has low batting strength than Indian,so my best wishes for India

  • spiritwithin on July 24, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    @nilankaraja..dude agreed india was mediocre in aus & eng last time but apart from that india has done way better in SA,Aus & Eng in recent times than any of the subcontinent teams,dont forget from subcontinent its only india who tasted test victory in aus in the last one decade,and they also had won series in eng in 2007 and drew in SA a year back...if india cant bat outside than how come SL managed to beat india only once in CB series,if i add 2008 CB series(which india won and SL was also one of the participants) then ur team is on a constant thrashing by india outside subcontinent..now ur team is playing at home yet u r giving excuses,if batting in flat pitches makes it so easy for indian batsman then what stopped ur team from doing the same..give credit where its due and dont show a loser attitude

  • bravetigersmustwin on July 24, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    This is really funny.... Overrated jayawardene facing challenge in his own pitch. Lankans must have been got used to this condition for years.... Always finding silly reasons for their losses.

  • venuinturi on July 24, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    @bMike u r talking about india depending on one batsmen

    but what about the wins achieved when kohli failed? with raina ,dhoni,and others contributing???????

  • mathewjohn2176 on July 24, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    @nilankaraja, before the series,you said srilanka pitches are fast and bouncy and inda can't win matches,where srilanka going to thrash them,sorry whitewash them? India won last two series in srilanka and India won against srilanka in Australia last cb series by 2-1 margin.How about your below average bowlers who always leak runs when india score minimum 300 runs ? Or how about your flat track bullies to score some runs in the flat pitches in your own backyard to achieve win against average Indian bowlers? Simple task to do,don't you think? Instead you give ame excuses when your team loses to India anywhere be it Australia,India or srilanka.hard but accept India played better than your team.

  • warneneverchuck on July 24, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    @ nilankaraj. Forget Abt bearing India outside Asia. U will be beaten even badly there. Just check out India SL stats in EnG and Australia. How many times u r beaten there . If u can't beat at yor home then u can't beat anywhere

  • jasonpete on July 24, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    Posted by nilankaraja on (July 24 2012, 06:43 AM GMT),don't you think India won against srilanka in Australia in CB series league matches by 2 - 1 and 1 match was tied and they even won CB tri series in 2008 involving srilanka.The thing is srilanka not winning against India in any part of the world. And you got to admit the truth instead giving lame excuses.. But before the series,you said srilanka pitches have pace and bounce and srilanka will whitewash India ,but now you give different excuses.come on accept India played good and move on.good luck to both teams.

  • on July 24, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    @ Ravi: Can Kohli do what Dravid have done for Team India in tests for years and years outside sub-continent consistently @ No. 3 position ?

  • missionbegins2011 on July 24, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    SL has a ordinary overall record in ODi's against IND, 72-51 in favor of IND. This shows who's the real champ. Anyway by the looks of it, this series seems to belong to IND, most probable 4-1 or worst case scenario 3-2

  • on July 24, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    @ nilankaraja Brother so much hatred for team India is not good for health. If SL wanted, they could have prepared good tracks for this series but the funny thing here is SL batsmen themselves want flat tracks as they themselves can't play FAST n BOUNCY balls. U said SL have better chance of beating Ind outside ? So what happened in Australia in last traingular series when SL posted 300+ total and Ind still chased it down in merely 37 overs ? And if it was so easy playing on FLAT TRACKS, then all Aus, SA, Eng and NZ batsmen would score centuries and centuries and centuries when they would play in sub-continent as they practice on difficult tracks back home, so it should be a cake walk for them to bat in sub-continent, but which is NOT the case. Fact is Ind, Pak n SL batsmen all have their problems on fast tracks(so have Aus & Eng batsmen on SPINNING TRACKS which u guys call FLAT TRACKS), it's just that for a few months Ind have been beating SL more often than before.

  • Udendra on July 24, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    hooray, now we can blame it on the wind :D

  • nilb on July 24, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    India is having the same ploy of having 8 flat pitch bashers with average bowlers just like in the world cup. SL can forget about beating India in flat pitches. Even if they score 400 India's going to chase down. SL will have better luck outside the subcontinent to beat India. They can't bat in Australia England or S. Africa.

  • on July 24, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    Kohli makes me realize how much of a waste Rahul Dravid was at #3 position in ODIs. Any time a wicket fell early Dravid would start "Consolidating" by sucking up balls, building pressure on other batters, and often leading to another wicket, and then he would consolidate even more. It was like a whirlpool.

    Not surprisingly, even though Dravid batted at #3 most times for 350 games, he only has 14 man of the match awards. Compare that to Ganguly who has 31, tendulkar has 55 and Kohli already has 12!!!! Ever since dravid was dropped from the ODIs, India's win % went up from 45% to 65% including the world cup...

  • bMike on July 24, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    India totally depends on Kohli & he's the only match winner they have in Indian team. If he doesn't click that will be the end of India. What a shame if you depend on a single player. Congrats both teams! India will learn their big lesson today

  • g.narsimha on July 24, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    INDIANS should not be complacent , SL is a very strong all round team playing in their home, hope competative cricket by both the teams, ROHIT should be given an other chance , if fails today also than in the next match TIWARI can be tried .

  • Charitha-SLlions on July 24, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    This is the first time I saw someone criticizing his own home conditions. What's happen to that HOME ADVANTAGE topic…..

  • cjchanaka on July 24, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    Thiis match should win lankans. But they have to control indian batting. Actually their batters are not so special as indian fans think. Only Kholi & ghambir have some quality, rest of them can be control if lankans take the game more positive. As we all know dhoni has no real class compairing sanga or mahela. But he can get runs from his ugly shots. dot ball pressure is a good tactic for him & sehwag. Mahela should change his batting style. He has so many beautiful shots other than scoop or reversweep. Isuru udana canbe second fast bowler. i hope malinga will come back his rhythem & series will be level as 1-1

  • satish619chandar on July 24, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    @wazza85: How about SL post Mahela, Dilshan, Sanga and Malinga? Viru and Dhoni has more cricket left than Mahela and Sanga for sure..

  • on July 24, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    @lanka_best first of all know what white wash is later on u can pray for lanka to win

  • aks_phenom on July 24, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    @wazza85 Sri Lanka is going through "Rebuilding Phase" . . how so? has mahela, sanga, dilshan, retired from international cricket? the players who are not playing in the Lankan team are the players are dropped, they didn't retire!! U must be thinking about the Murali, but he was no allrounder, he was a just a bowler! So please tell me how the Sri Lankan team is going through so called Rebuilding Phase!!

  • on July 24, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    Poor fielding and inept middle order batting cost SL the game more than the wind factor.Bowling dept too was inadequate after the injury to Kulasekera.Hopefully SL would come back strongly with the bat and ball doing the talking instead of giving excuses on external factors which are beyond the control of anyone.Good luck Sri Lanka in the rest of the series.

  • Ameeega on July 24, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    @Mahesh Kumar, Could not agree more. I wish all SL and Ind fans to think this way. None should underestimate the other. This is just one's day, next day could be other way around. Whoever predicts 5-0 for any of these two teams, does not have sense. Sports should be there to build the friendship up, not to build up rivalry or hate others. Good luck both teams, do not offer us one sided games - a SL fan.

  • Tysonlanka on July 24, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    Sri Lanka should be a shame to keep complaining about the windy conditions at the grounds. when they got important games coming they should go there and have some practice session in advance. it's point less talking and give excuses after you lose, this is not the way to go my dear team. Malinga should get his mid set sorted because i feel that his not giving 100% when playing against India, we feel that his letting the team down??? if his going to keep bowing like this he should be dropped after today's game.... God Luck Mahela & team

  • on July 24, 2012, 2:58 GMT

    the match depends on toss, toss will be key factor but have to praise kohli n sanga they provided us good first match .Again wising for good cricket from both side

  • ProdigyA on July 24, 2012, 2:55 GMT

    Its funny how SL fans talk about Indian batting being only flat track champs. The fact is, just looking at this powerful Indian batting line up makes ur pants wet. Malinga, of whom im a huge fan and world's best ODI bowler is bullied like a kid by the Indians and the rest of SL bowling does not even deserve a mention. Accept it and move on.

  • vioo on July 24, 2012, 1:37 GMT

    If India maintain d same team spirit nobody can stop them, they r so resilient under Dhoni's leadership. Hats off to d entire team..JAIHOOOO

  • wazza85 on July 23, 2012, 23:15 GMT

    @ ravi Sinha you must be jorking mate. it is obvious that Sri lanaka is going through a building stage at the moment like Australia although they need to act fast. you think India will be that top team all that way? Once Sewag, Dhoni and other key players retire India is going to be an under dog too. anyways may the best team win the contest.

  • torsha on July 23, 2012, 22:15 GMT

    Not many players spank Malinga but Kohli you made that possible.

  • xylo on July 23, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    IMHO, building a stadium in the middle of a forest and encroaching into Mother Nature's territory for the sake of developing cricket is uncalled for. Globalization is already killing us at a healthy pace.

  • on July 23, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    The toss will be extremely crucial for tomorrow's game. Whoever bats 1st has a very big advantage.

  • on July 23, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    Dont worry about the wind..Mahela!!! You will get more thing for worry for in the upcoming days..just wait n watch !!! And if you thinking about the series...well After the series Kohli and Team India will be sitting on the top of ODI's ranking....wooohoooo 5-0 coming ur way...Lankans ;)

  • shirodon on July 23, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    it's just one match lost against india. 4 match to go, If indian fans thinking that india can win all matches against SL? Hambanthota also new ground for SL team, They do not have lot of experience like RPS and kandy. Rest of matches will play RPS and kandy, it's not gona be easy for win RPS picth against SL. SL really know pitch condition RPS, Indian just first 6 batting line up only strong for the indian team, rest of tail never not give any advantage for indian team.everybody saw first match in Hambanthota how strong allrounder batting line up SL have. we'll see tomorrow, gud luck for both teams

  • seantells on July 23, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    fully agreed with tuan asif, Malinga shouldn't be included when play against india

  • Srilanka-rules on July 23, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    come on guys please stop rubbish posts : one team is high, other one bad, whitewash etc. In my view , there is not much difference between these teams apart from srilanka got some good all-rounders and India have good bat. Series can go anyway. cheers

  • praveen4honestremark on July 23, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    Kohli ,proud of you man. We Indians can raise our heads in pride because of your good knocks that helped India team win and brought panic in opposition on thinking about you. You deserve a lot of respect at least when you play against Srilanka anywhere in the world. Thank you Kohli for so many good knocks. You made a mark. Thank you. once again. Keep it up :)

  • on July 23, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    India will win the series easily.Mahela !What are you talking about wind effect or why did not you mention on under-estimation of indian bowlers.

  • on July 23, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    as dhoni said toss is vital, whoever bat 1st, will win,,

  • on July 23, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    Hey Guys, stop posting foolish comments and groundless forecasts. Both team are not far from each other. On their day, any of them beat the other and especially because they know the gameplan and stylpe of the team very well having played so many matches. India might have won the match but underestimating SL in their backyard would be foolish. I want good games, no matter who wins. Srilanka has better allrounders and India has better batsmen. Bowlers from niether side are too good. Good luck SL. Indian supporter.

  • on July 23, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    Malinga Play according to the interest of his Indian Franchise.better drop and play a non franchise player

  • on July 23, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    i am sure that srilanka wont win the series because srilanka can only win against ban pak etc... if india win 4 -1 we will become world no 1 and rohit iam waiting for u to fire

  • DilumSL on July 23, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Agree with you @SLhesh. this will be a hard series as Kula is out and he is one of the in form bowler. we should try Udana. about Lahiru I think he should give a chance to open with Dilshan. Tharanga has a very bad record against Indians so it's better to replace him with Jeewan or Kapu. About Kapu we can't blame him. he started his career with superb performance. but the team management ruined him by not sending him up in the order. Now they are doing the same with Lahiru. If this continues we will be able to see this harsh criticisms we see on Kapu in another two three years with the name of Lahiru. My XI 1.Dili 2.Lahiru 3.Sanga 4.Chandimal 5.Mahela 6.Mathews 7.Jeewan 8.Thisara 9.Herath 10.Malinga 11.Udana Gud luck to SL! win or lose it doesn't matter fight hard and never give up.

  • rayfanatics on July 23, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    Jayawardene better start scoring runs rather than making windy excuses. Starting a career 3 years before Sangakkara, he has been overtaken by the left hander in ODIs for runs scored. And frankly, Mahela has not been a good ODI batsman and only the lack of middle order talent or those explosive starts by Sanath have prolonged his ODI career. Get Kapugedara and give him longer to bat.

  • Trigger123 on July 23, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    @serious-am-i yeah i agree .sick of watching SL vs India.. i dont knw why they put so much matches against each other no thrill of watching ..SL got pretty good side now but we'll miss Kulasekara ..even last match was very close one..

  • Narbavi on July 23, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    To be honest, i don't see any point here from our neighbours, they lose almost everytime when they play against india, that's the truth, stats say the same, we are bored of india lanka matches because the results are one sided most of the time, give lanka a couple of years to prepare themselves to face us and then revive our battle with them, i am not trying to take a dig at them but still this is the truth!!

  • Solace1 on July 23, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    i agree its not whitewash but still i think lanka will come back because dilshan sanga always score big against your team, so tomorrow they can easily tackle indian bowlers and score big, and you all know we have two powerhouses mathews and perera to score atleast 100runs in last 10overs, only kohli bats well in your team, tomorrow lanka will have plan for him too, your team depending on rohit a lot but he is failing ha ha.... i think match will be interesting but i am sure our lions will win.

  • on July 23, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    Malinga don't play against India Please ! you are the worst against India !! But best in IPL. what a fate !!

  • cool2cool on July 23, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    @lanka_best: But why they didn't roar against India for last 4-5 matches?

  • Harmony111 on July 23, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    I get a feeling that India will play so well that they will thrash SL by an innings margin in the next 4 matches to win this 5 match ODI Series 10-0.

  • on July 23, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    who's going to take wicket? if we are to win, we should always put india bat 1st and get ready to whatever they score, thats the only way to win, pathetic malinga goes for nearly 100 every game, medium paces useless on flat tracks, spinners cant get a single wicket, so if we are to beat india, chasing is the only way,,, and we can chase 300, 320 easily but must drop sanga, his strike rate too law in sub cont, he's ok to play in SA.AUS and Eng bt in Sub cont, u must score runner ball

  • DreamGame on July 23, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    Why isnt the series being shown on Star Cricket? didnt they win the TV rights? And why arent these ODIs being telecast on DD like they usually are?? i dont have Ten Cricket and i was realllllllly looking fwd to this series.....:(

  • on July 23, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    For all interested, when India loses 4 matches. That is a "whitewash".

  • on July 23, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    nuwan pradeep? lol what have he done to get into the national side? nothing,,,, isuru udana and shaminda eranga, both should play, how can we win matches against india when we cant get at least half of their team out? kulasekara,perera ,matthews slow bowlers no good against india,, malinga regularly going 80+ , so how the hell we gonna win? no way, drop malinga, play isuru udana and shaminda eranda and lets see how it goes, and we should consider dropping sanga in odi

  • on July 23, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    No more IND vs SL matches please :(

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on July 23, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    Wow! This is the first time i'm hearing a home team whining about home conditions. Way to go Lanka and Mahela. If home team is not used to home conditions what will visiting team have to say! Stop excuses and start performing. Hope to see a fight back from Lanka because India V Srilanka has become more and more predictable.

  • on July 23, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    hey guys its not that boring watching INdia vs sri lanka matches, because its exciting to see kohli come out every match and some how pace himself to a hundred, irfan pathan making his comeback, and showing why he should be in Indian team. and india can use some wins, to get back in the odi and test rankings. they have a long set of odi and tests India at home, they should take full advantage and go for the whit wash

  • on July 23, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    @Lanka_best 4-1 and whitewash?!!! Crazy! forget about whitewash man, get ready for the one from the hands of India!

  • Neeta on July 23, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    @ lanka_best: You have a good sense of humor I must say..excessive India-Sl games have resulted in your main force Malinga being neutralized by Indians..just some figures Malinga went for 96 runs in 7.4 overs against India at Hobart and now for 83 runs in this match..Kulasekara also out injured..so the great Indian batting lineup will again come good tomorrow. Gambhir is due some runs, Kohli in great nick, Sehwag back to his best, Raina and Dhoni coming good. Your only hope is SL batting first and Mahela, Sanga and Dilshan coming good and even then your bowling does not have the power to stop us chasing a 300+ score. So get ready for your team to recieve the biggest thrashing of their life because the Indian bowlers have also shaken off their rustiness.

  • on July 23, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    Its never gonna be a Sri Lanka 4-1 India white wash rather its gonna be India 4-1 Sri Lanka.already kulasekara gone out of the series SL will suffer his blow as little experiance nuwan pradeep comes in ..

  • on July 23, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    4-1 is not a whitewash...result will be india 3-2...

  • serious-am-i on July 23, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    lol lanka_best, do u know the meaning of whitewash ? Whitewash means a team has to win its all matches. The only whitewash possible is India drubbing SL 5-0, any other result other than this wouldn't mean an whitewash. Anyways, good luck to both sides. I don't really care who win anymore, I have had enough of Ind vs SL matches in the past few years, just try to finish this series as quickly as possible & play against any other opposition other than SL. I don't mind seeing India lose either compared to the boring Ind vs SL matches. BCCI and SLC must see to it - these 2 teams don't meet again in the near future else there would be no one watching the match from both the countries. There is a limit for everything.

  • on July 23, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    India is ready to beat lanka 5-1

  • on July 23, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    In your dreams @lanka_best. India wins series 4-1

  • Slesh on July 23, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    True.. But talking about the team i think we must replace Kula by Isuru Udana..coz having a left arm seamer would help to trouble Kholi and co rather than having 4 right arm seamers! So i think we can take the loss of Kula in a positive way if we play Udana.and he can bat too! And i feel we are doing same to Lahiru which we did to Kapu.Kapu can never ever be success unless he open or bat at no 3,4. now same to Lahiru.so both these guys should bat up the order or should not play! Simple as that.if not we wont get anything from them! We need another spinner who can take wickets.Tharanga should continue to open where he feels comfortable.if Sanga bats at no 4 it strengthen our batting. The XI should be 1.Dilshan 2.Tharanga 3.Chandimal 4.Sanga 5.Mahela 6.Matthews 7.Jeewan 8.Thisara 9.Udana 10.Herath 11.Malinga

  • srinathphysio on July 23, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    india will win with 3-2 or 4-1. there is no chace for sl to win the trophy

  • Solace1 on July 23, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    Get ready indians for an another whitewash because the lankan lions will roar to win 4-1 from here!!

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  • Solace1 on July 23, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    Get ready indians for an another whitewash because the lankan lions will roar to win 4-1 from here!!

  • srinathphysio on July 23, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    india will win with 3-2 or 4-1. there is no chace for sl to win the trophy

  • Slesh on July 23, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    True.. But talking about the team i think we must replace Kula by Isuru Udana..coz having a left arm seamer would help to trouble Kholi and co rather than having 4 right arm seamers! So i think we can take the loss of Kula in a positive way if we play Udana.and he can bat too! And i feel we are doing same to Lahiru which we did to Kapu.Kapu can never ever be success unless he open or bat at no 3,4. now same to Lahiru.so both these guys should bat up the order or should not play! Simple as that.if not we wont get anything from them! We need another spinner who can take wickets.Tharanga should continue to open where he feels comfortable.if Sanga bats at no 4 it strengthen our batting. The XI should be 1.Dilshan 2.Tharanga 3.Chandimal 4.Sanga 5.Mahela 6.Matthews 7.Jeewan 8.Thisara 9.Udana 10.Herath 11.Malinga

  • on July 23, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    In your dreams @lanka_best. India wins series 4-1

  • on July 23, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    India is ready to beat lanka 5-1

  • serious-am-i on July 23, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    lol lanka_best, do u know the meaning of whitewash ? Whitewash means a team has to win its all matches. The only whitewash possible is India drubbing SL 5-0, any other result other than this wouldn't mean an whitewash. Anyways, good luck to both sides. I don't really care who win anymore, I have had enough of Ind vs SL matches in the past few years, just try to finish this series as quickly as possible & play against any other opposition other than SL. I don't mind seeing India lose either compared to the boring Ind vs SL matches. BCCI and SLC must see to it - these 2 teams don't meet again in the near future else there would be no one watching the match from both the countries. There is a limit for everything.

  • on July 23, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    4-1 is not a whitewash...result will be india 3-2...

  • on July 23, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    Its never gonna be a Sri Lanka 4-1 India white wash rather its gonna be India 4-1 Sri Lanka.already kulasekara gone out of the series SL will suffer his blow as little experiance nuwan pradeep comes in ..

  • Neeta on July 23, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    @ lanka_best: You have a good sense of humor I must say..excessive India-Sl games have resulted in your main force Malinga being neutralized by Indians..just some figures Malinga went for 96 runs in 7.4 overs against India at Hobart and now for 83 runs in this match..Kulasekara also out injured..so the great Indian batting lineup will again come good tomorrow. Gambhir is due some runs, Kohli in great nick, Sehwag back to his best, Raina and Dhoni coming good. Your only hope is SL batting first and Mahela, Sanga and Dilshan coming good and even then your bowling does not have the power to stop us chasing a 300+ score. So get ready for your team to recieve the biggest thrashing of their life because the Indian bowlers have also shaken off their rustiness.

  • on July 23, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    @Lanka_best 4-1 and whitewash?!!! Crazy! forget about whitewash man, get ready for the one from the hands of India!