Sri Lanka v India, 1st ODI, Hambantota July 20, 2012

India's break ends, Sri Lanka's grind extends

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Match facts

Saturday, July 21
Start time 1430 (0900 GMT)

Big Picture

Yet another India v Sri Lanka series is upon us. While the Indian team has racked up its frequent flyer miles with regular trips to Sri Lanka over the past few years, they start this series in an unfamiliar location. The stadium at Hambantota, a port town in southern Sri Lanka, was built for the World Cup and India haven't played a game there yet.

The ground recently hosted a couple of Twenty20s during Pakistan's tour and, if those matches are anything to go by, the bowlers should enjoy themselves. With Zaheer Khan back spearheading the attack, and Umesh Yadav providing the pace, India's bowling looks in better shape than it did in their previous ODI series, the Asia Cup in Dhaka.

One advantage India will have over the home side is that the team comes in with six weeks of rest, a rare luxury in recent years. On the other hand Sri Lanka, especially their IPL players, have been playing almost non-stop since their previous home season began last August. With the SLPL starting days after this series ends, and the World Twenty20 following soon after, Sri Lanka's players have a while to go yet before they can think of a rest.

Form guide


Sri Lanka WWWLL (Completed games, most recent first)
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Watch out for...

In the 15 months since last year's World Cup, Virender Sehwag has played only nine ODIs due to a combination of injuries, the controversial rotation system and being rested. In those matches, he blasted the record-breaking 219 in Indore, but hasn't otherwise crossed 30.

Sri Lanka's batting order has undergone plenty of changes over the past few months. Will they again push Jayawardene to the top of the order or stick with Upul Tharanga, who had a poor series against Pakistan? And if Jayawardene takes a middle-order place, will it be his usual position at No. 4, or will he go one spot lower as he did against Pakistan?

Team news

One of the questions India will have to address is whether to play Irfan Pathan as an allrounder at No. 7, or go in with a specialist batsman at that position. If they do pick a specialist batsman for that position, it will likely be Manoj Tiwary, who has spent plenty of time on the bench over the past few months. Dhoni hinted that they will pick Irfan for the first game. "He gives us the liberty of playing with five specialist bowlers," he said. "We can play two spinners and three seamers because Irfan can also bat."

India: (probable) 1 Virender Sehwag, 2 Gautam Gambhir, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 5 Rohit Sharma, 6 Suresh Raina, 7 Irfan Pathan, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Zaheer Khan, 10 Umesh Yadav, 11 Pragyan Ojha

Sri Lanka have experimented with a whole lot of spinners over the past couple of years, but are still to zero in on a permanent slow bowler for their limited-overs side. The squad for this series includes Jeevan Mendis, who impressed with bat and ball in the one match he got against Pakistan, and Rangana Herath, who has cemented his place as lead spinner in the Test side but isn't yet as secure in the shorter forms.

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

Stats and trivia

  • Upul Tharanga averages 37.12 against all teams in ODIs since the start of 2010, but only makes 11.76 an innings against India in that period.
  • Lasith Malinga leads the ODI wicket-chart for 2012, with 36 scalps.
  • Virat Kohli's ODI average of 50.56 puts him fifth in the all-time list

Quotes

"We have had the match practice and the guys are in pretty good form, we will try and continue that. For the Indians, it's a different story, they have to get back to a rhythm. On the other hand, they are fresher than us after us going through six months of continuous cricket."
Mahela Jayawardene think a break from cricket isn't necessarily a blessing

"[Managing Zaheer's workload] is important but I don't think we need to think about it from the very first game. We need to also get him match-fit."
MS Dhoni is aware India's injury-prone pace leader needs to be used wisely

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | July 21, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    SL is getting hammered on this FLAT PITCH. Ithink INDIA will win this first ODI in FLAT PITCH KING TROPHY.

  • POSTED BY adithyacric333 on | July 21, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    GO INDIA..........!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY SLWJ on | July 21, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    MEN IN BLUE ( SRI LANKA) is ready 2 Hunt MEN IN LIGHT BLUE (INDIA)....

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Another IND-SL series!!!!..Its too much...n already can see rivalry between da two sides of fans!!!..Its HORRIBLY gud!!!..As n Indian I want india to win...n indians surely seem to be better prepard....but in da way i just want to see gud cricket....

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    @ Kavindeven : u r rit.....sri lankan players r so boring....

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    All da best Lions.... Time 2 hunt 4 the 2nd target after defeating pakistan in its mission to regain the top spot in ICC rankings.... !!

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | July 21, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    It is time to start the series for FLAT PITCH KING TROPHY.

  • POSTED BY RKNETTIMI on | July 21, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    best wishes n gud luck for all Indian players, I Hope Virat will Make big scores in this series. n also Irfan will show his talent & ability

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    India will get no.1 rank in ICC ranking

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | July 21, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    Yet another hopeless series against Sri Lanka....would be better to play against Ireland. I'm so bored of watching our players playing against these boring lankans...aren't we all so tired of watching Kappugedhra, Mahela and all....

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | July 21, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    SL is getting hammered on this FLAT PITCH. Ithink INDIA will win this first ODI in FLAT PITCH KING TROPHY.

  • POSTED BY adithyacric333 on | July 21, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    GO INDIA..........!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY SLWJ on | July 21, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    MEN IN BLUE ( SRI LANKA) is ready 2 Hunt MEN IN LIGHT BLUE (INDIA)....

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Another IND-SL series!!!!..Its too much...n already can see rivalry between da two sides of fans!!!..Its HORRIBLY gud!!!..As n Indian I want india to win...n indians surely seem to be better prepard....but in da way i just want to see gud cricket....

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    @ Kavindeven : u r rit.....sri lankan players r so boring....

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    All da best Lions.... Time 2 hunt 4 the 2nd target after defeating pakistan in its mission to regain the top spot in ICC rankings.... !!

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | July 21, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    It is time to start the series for FLAT PITCH KING TROPHY.

  • POSTED BY RKNETTIMI on | July 21, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    best wishes n gud luck for all Indian players, I Hope Virat will Make big scores in this series. n also Irfan will show his talent & ability

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    India will get no.1 rank in ICC ranking

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | July 21, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    Yet another hopeless series against Sri Lanka....would be better to play against Ireland. I'm so bored of watching our players playing against these boring lankans...aren't we all so tired of watching Kappugedhra, Mahela and all....

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    India ready to score 345 runs in just 40 overs. sri lankans will be totally washed out.

  • POSTED BY bMike on | July 21, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    1.Thirimanna, 2.Dilshan, 3.Sangakkara, 4.Chandimal , 5.Mahela, 6.Mathews, 7. Thisara, 8.Jeevan, 9.Kulasekara, 10.Herath , 11.Malinga. 5 specialist batsmen, 4 genuine allrounders (Mathews, Thisara,Dilshan, Jevan), one top class spinner(Herath), one genuine seamer (Kule) & the best fast bowler (Malinga). You can't ask for a better team. Flat track world champions will be flatted by Lions!

  • POSTED BY ranuk on | July 21, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    @Superstar100, No wonder that Malinga exceed 100+ in 10 overs to enable IND to win bcoz he refused to sign with SL Cricket and earn his money from IPL. So he will not upset IND at any means.

  • POSTED BY sidh78 on | July 21, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    INDIA BEAT SL IN CB SERIES on green track.in asia cup on flat track.in india.in SL also.the concl. is india always beat SL in any condition.

  • POSTED BY ranuk on | July 21, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    SL Fans, please not get upbeated. You should understand that IND is seeking their first ODI series win since WC 2011 and BCCI is the current chairman of ICC. And also SL key players are earning millions from IPL. IND of course will the series somehow.

  • POSTED BY mayank125 on | July 21, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    my 11-sehwag, rahane, gambhir, virat, raina,dhoni,pathan, ashwin, yadav,zaheer,ojha

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    Flat pitch king trophy is on grabs , worlds most coveted trophy

  • POSTED BY sandy_bangalore on | July 21, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    The overhyped flat track champs India are back much to the delight of the 'fan'-ataics, who will celebrate a victory over Kenya and Bermuda with the same fervour, that Australia/England would celebrate a hard fought test series victory

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    Ahh!! Another loosing streak is just gonna begin for India....

  • POSTED BY sajhera on | July 21, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    Hot news!!! Asantha de Mel again again selecting his favourites CHAMARA SILVA, KAPUGEDARA AND MUBARAK in the provincial squad. But chinthaka jayasinghe who scored 740 runs with a strike rate 115 bat ave 56.92 in the Premier League Tournament 2011/2012 is very very unlucky.Also Bhanuka also not there.selection committee is politics and money oriented. Are they Sri lankans??????

  • POSTED BY dashing_cricketer on | July 21, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    India will thrash the lankans easily as it has been going on for the past 2 yrs...

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    rohith is really tallented batsman, giving more chance to him, he is really danger for opponent team, keep him in team itself, without any tension

  • POSTED BY Vijay51982 on | July 21, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    Most of the SL fans are commenting that Indians are flat track bullies. If you think in that way then you will going loose the tournament. Keep in mind that team India took 3 months rest and that are fresh now. People were talking about Malinga's Yorker but don't forget they have Virat Kohli and I hope Malinga will never forget him in his life. Sri Lanka beat Pakistan but don't think India in the same way. Pakistan team is totally different side. They doesn't have a proper wicket keeper, middle order batsman's and moreover a good captain to lead the side. So comparing to Pakistan, the team India is more than competitive side to face. They are back with Zaheer & Yorker specialist Umesh Yadav. Jaya & co., have to do work hard to stay alive otherwise no word is express. Good Luck Sri Lanka & India.

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    irfan play or not today n why not select first in selection irfan play best in last two series

  • POSTED BY uniguy on | July 21, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    Sri Lankan deep batting lineup is too good for Indian moderate bowling. That's a fact.

  • POSTED BY praveen4honestremark on | July 21, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    White wash, yellow wash , red wash...what wash. No no wash and no no talk, just watch the match and i can say that this series will be a thriller.

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    Indian will waiting for great play between 2 gentlemen team.... As a Indian I support my India...... all the very best "TEAM INDIA" I think IRFAN PATHAN must play the game today........

  • POSTED BY cric_fan_ on | July 21, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    zillionth match of billionth tournament between these two teams

  • POSTED BY bMike on | July 21, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    Flat track home champions will lose the series due to lack of dew lol

  • POSTED BY superstar100 on | July 21, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    message to mailnga get reday for another 95+ in 8 overs !!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    Praying fr Team India to win this series so that they could clinch to the No. 1 spot again in the ODI rankings. Team India have taken enough rest in the past months and are now fresh and eager to win the series.Hopefully they can do it.

  • POSTED BY satanswish on | July 21, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    Looking foward to see Dhoni & Co. getting whitewashed yet again.

  • POSTED BY hawkeye30 on | July 21, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    LANKA ALL THE WAY!!!! LETS GO!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    lions are the hero.why no matches at dambulla, how long since last game played there, they spent millions of rupees to build 2 new ground, without utilizing dambulla, asgiriya, ssc, p sara, morattuwa grounds

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    BEST 11 : V Sehwag, G Gambhir, V Kohli, A Rahane, MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma, S Raina, I Pathan, R Ashwin, Z Khan, U Yadav

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    Good Luck For my Best Fovrite Team for Ever Ever Then every one team India only India I hope India would Win this Serise And also T20 too We will see it today Indiaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa I also Hope My Best Fovrite Player Irfan pathan Will play today

  • POSTED BY vineet3489 on | July 21, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    Its gonna be 4-1 in India's favour.Watch out for Sehwag, Dhoni and Raina.Irfan must be given chance.

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 4:30 GMT

    irfan should be play and this pich is swing the ball well

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    @Rajitha Menikge..stats???...what if sachin taken in to the team...r u going to say india way ahead of sl...these flat track bullies only chased down the 300 in 37 overs in aussie...but sri lankans are so good they just forget the past....

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 4:12 GMT

    no doubt it looks srilanka has depth in batting as well bowling ....but the question is potential of indians ? as all aware of that if india has dominant batting side each have the potential to give victory to india.I am Damn sure India will ROCKKKKK GOOOOOOO INDIAAAAAAAAA

    Bapun_ind_cricfan

  • POSTED BY theswami on | July 21, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    India's team Sehwag, Gambhir, Rahane, Kohli, Dhoni, Raina, Ashwin, Khan, Dinda, Yadav, Ojha.

  • POSTED BY passionatecricbug on | July 21, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    look at some hilarious comments...a srilankan calling Indian team flat track bullies hahaha :D

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    rahane needs to be in team for shewag. including pathan wil give batting depth.its nt good idea to drop kohli to 2 down as he is class batsman at no.3 position. my prediction 3-2 for INDIA

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 3:45 GMT

    rahane needs to be in team for shewag. including pathan wil give batting depth.its nt good idea to drop kohli to 2 down as he is class batsman at no.3 position. my prediction 3-2 for INDIA

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    doesnot matter who will win but want to c good match n have to say thanx for icc for providing me a relaxing weekend

  • POSTED BY ponnu_KKR on | July 21, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    Why all of blaming Rohit Sharma? he is very talented batsman and proved lot of times. he was the only consistent batsman in the west indies series. also we want Manvinder Bisla as our opener because ha can blast against all the bowlers without fear like Sehwag. and we need a batsman like him badly.

  • POSTED BY MAHIDEEP.CHOWDARY on | July 21, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    i think irfan is the better choice for India ..........................

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 2:59 GMT

    sri lanka's gonna dominate the series... watch out for tor crushing yorkers from malinga~~

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    @hawlkeye SL top order mahela,sanga,dilshan,tharanga,mathiwes,chandimal,thirimanna - 10423+ 10377+ 6613+ 4651+ 1537+ 1187+ 460 = 35248 IND top order viru,gambir,kholi,dhoni,raina,sharma,irfan - 7812+ 4819+ 3590+ 6599+ 3525+ 1961+ 1468 = 29774 Sri Lanka are slightly ahead of India as far as the batting department is concerned. without thisara & kulasekara

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    Indian players are mentally and physically fit and as they have taken enough rest after long timeand young players also in good form.surely india will win this odi series

  • POSTED BY Slesh on | July 21, 2012, 2:04 GMT

    I really want to see SL WHITE WASHING this so called champions..!!!! or atleast 4-1. Coz Apart from Shewag, Tendulkar and Dravid, there weren't or arn't any good characters in this india team in recent past.. All these other flat track bullies who found their places from ipl, are soo proud of them..ex: Kholi, Raina, Ashwin, Rohit etc.or even past people like Harbhajan and Zaheer. Anyway i think SL should stick to the team and order which they played the last match against Pak.

  • POSTED BY AshanRox on | July 21, 2012, 1:34 GMT

    The Lions are Hungry!!! Looking forward to see Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne. Hopefully they might be the next "Sanga/Maiya". Just look at the SL batting line up? Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera coming no 7,8 and followed by Kula no9. These guys can win matches. Why on earth do they have to think of Kapugedara, Chamara Silva and Mubarak??? Something wrong somewhere!!

  • POSTED BY Sinhabahu on | July 21, 2012, 1:34 GMT

    Oh yippee, another SL-India series. I am positively quivering in excited antici...zzzzzzzzzzzzzz...

  • POSTED BY piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on | July 21, 2012, 0:18 GMT

    @wolf777 : Rohit is one of the most talented and stylish batsmen in international cricket right now, but things are not clicking for him. We just need to be patient, and he will translate his immense potential into runs. Don't put pressure on him. He will start delivering soon.

  • POSTED BY Rick777 on | July 20, 2012, 23:26 GMT

    Lankan Lions all the way!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 23:14 GMT

    Hoping for good cricket.

  • POSTED BY India_Rules_Everybody on | July 20, 2012, 23:11 GMT

    I want to see Malinga bowling to Kohli again!! LOL!!! :))

  • POSTED BY wolf777 on | July 20, 2012, 23:08 GMT

    Rohit sharma should be left out. He has been given too many chances.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 22:40 GMT

    haha...I wonder if India will use Rahul Sharma for the upcoming matches? ;)

  • POSTED BY piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on | July 20, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    @Viraj Ballanthuda : Yes just like in world cup finals. Ouch ! :-)

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    I have a feeling that Sri Lanka will destroy India in this series.. ouch!

  • POSTED BY basophil on | July 20, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    india needs to focus on building a powerful squad for the 2015 world cup. frankly, sehwag doesn't seem like he's going to improve on faster pitches. why don't the selectors hone the youngsters rahane and tiwary (both of whom are very promising at least in ODIs) for future abroad series rather than stick with sehwag's constant failures? sehwag might be experienced, but he is not the only talented batsmen india have got. and if the pitch is meant to aid the fast bowlers, why not pick only one specialist spinner?

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    definately india will win.chak de india

  • POSTED BY StatisticsRocks on | July 20, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster: There is nothing wrong in predictions but I agree stupid comments have to stop. Yes at the end of the day, we all want good cricket. I wonder why there is no test match and only ODI's.

  • POSTED BY MOHDsarfaraz on | July 20, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    this time India have to take decision for manoj tiwari and irfan bcoz they are not a show piece,how much time they will keep them without playing any matches, specially manoj tiwari.this time INDIA will defiantly win the series by 4-1. inshah Allah jai hind

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    sehwag clicks once in 20 matches. there is no doubt that he is a pure match winner but what about the other 19 games. Dhoni always says we rely on our openers for good start but with sehwag you will get good start only once in 20 matches. so better to go with ajinkya rahane

  • POSTED BY bootlicker on | July 20, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    I think both teams are equally strong but India are slightly ahead of Sri Lanka as far as the batting department is concerned. The final result mainly depend on how you change your bowlers change according to the ground condition. In that aspect Sri Laka are ahead with Mahela's shrude captaincy.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    @Shamilan Doole Agreed!!! people hardly have any interest in cricket anymore

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    Insha Allah Sri Lanka will Win the Series .really.

  • POSTED BY Htc-Baseball on | July 20, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    Odis arethe most boring form,we can have odis just in Wc. Ipl and champions league(if it contains top 2 teams from each country) is awesome and test series amon top nations will help to improve the popularity and quality of cricket

  • POSTED BY Suhailmarsh on | July 20, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    Rohit Sharma can show some talented innings in this series. He will be the key of India.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    This will be a great contest to watch...India will be fresh after a 6 weeks break, SL has to sort out their batting soon cos apart from Sanga and Dilshan no one else has got permenant positions to bat and this is a worrying factor, I suggest Thirimanne to bat no 5 and Mahela to go down at 6 with Angie to follow..Or why not we try Chandimal to open with dilshan and mathews at no 4 for a change,

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    Hambantota & Pallekale are not so good for batting,My Indian friends. almost all Indian fans accept SL has most attacking bawling line up Malinga Kulasekara Thisara Herath Gwan.

  • POSTED BY vivek_khyati on | July 20, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    if irfan lends so much balance to the team, why wasnt he selected in the first instance in the squad?? really ridiculous selection..

  • POSTED BY SriLa72 on | July 20, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    Wow, so much fan rivalry already. Interesting how everyone is quick to predict the outcome of the 5 ODIs. As a Sri Lankan fan, I want Mahela and the team to win all 5. But I think this is going to be a closely contested series. Although we have the home advantage, Dhoni and team are quite familiar with the conditions. I want it to be a closely contested series. While I support SL, I wish India all the best as well. It will be nice if fans from both side could refrain from spewing hatred and negativity. While both teams have a rich history of playing against each other, lets not try to compare past games. And remember, this is now SL vs IND (not vs PAK, AUS, ENG, BD or any other team). Cheers!

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    I hope SL will win the series by 3-2.

  • POSTED BY srilankan1984 on | July 20, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    Srilanka wil win da series, indians cant play well as srilankans in greenish,fast wickets such as pallekele and Hambantota..pitches in srilanka getting greener and fast bowler friendly day by day..weldone slc..

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    happy that Team India are break after which calling a well deserved break is an understatement . I think the probable squad here is fine or one more change that can happen is trying Rahane in place of Pathan while playing either rahane or gauti at one down but the probable squad i feel gives more balance to the team. I hope india can do a whitewash and get to world no 1 but i wont jump the gun it will be a very tough to do that and all Indian haters i am just sick of u keep hating us ,we may have had a bad year before but doesnt matter to us we are always with team India

  • POSTED BY proudcricketfan on | July 20, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    as an indian fan,can;t wait for the match to commence.i predict india winning the series 4-1...so,Bring It On...

  • POSTED BY NipunaLaksitha on | July 20, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    I think given its a slow track jeevan mandis must get a chance ahead of herath as its the 1st odi... that makes batting more deeper.....SL is a better team than Indian now... If they can survive against great pakistan bowling attack how can india do any harm... Go Linos Go Go .....!!!!

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | July 20, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    As an Indian supporter I am looking for good cricket from both SL and India. It's disappointing to see some foolish comments from both sets of fans. Enough with all the crappy predictions. Let the best team win. SL have been playing some cricket and India are coming from a break. I won't be surprised if India turn out to be ice cold in this series. So let's wait and see. In the mean time the Indian fans need to cut some slack and relax.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    I hope that both India and Sri Lanka choose the teams you have suggested in this article. Sri Lanka's bowling line-up is way better than India's because a whole lot depends on Zaheer and Irfan's bowling whereas in the Sri Lankan team, Perera, Malinga, Kulasekara, Mathews, etc. are all capable of providing a good bowling attack. But, on the other hand, India's batting line-up is unbeatable. The opening pair is great, Sehwag and Gambhir. Virat Kohli comes at a perfect spot, one-down. And then there's the captain himself and Rohit Sharma, plus Suresh Raina. Sri Lanka also have a good batting line-up but the only ones who we are sure will make runs are the 3 seniors, Dilli, Mahela and Sanga. Both teams have their pluses and minuses and how they are able to play as a team will decide the series.

  • POSTED BY coolitbaby on | July 20, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    @For those criticizing Sehwag: REMEMBER THAT SEHWAG IS NOT AN OPENING BATSMAN AND IS BEING FORCED TO DO IT. HE IS A MIDDLE ORDER BATSMAN. YOU CAN'T DROP HIM IF HE DOES BADLY AT OPENING THE INNINGS. PLAY HIM IN THE MIDDLE ORDER AND SEE THE DIFFERENCE.

  • POSTED BY coolitbaby on | July 20, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    Man another Ind-Lanka series. Then India play Eng, Pak and Aus. Ridiculous scheduling from BCCI. Instead of this series it would have been better to have Ind-SL-Eng-Aus play a series. That would have been much more interesting !!

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    any one who criticises dhoni leadership capabillities result will tell after completion the series .my prediction is4-1 ind beat by sl

  • POSTED BY golgoal on | July 20, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    Too many Ind-SL games for my liking but anyway since we are here, hoping for some good games. My gut feeling is that India will win this one, but you never know with SL playing in their home conditions. Hoping for Sehwag, Dhoni and Kohli specials.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    rahane should be picked instead of sehwag

  • POSTED BY CandidIndian on | July 20, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    There wont be 5-0 for either sides as some of the fans are claiming here.Srilanka and India are strong ODI sides(World cup finalists),may the best team wins.

  • POSTED BY srilankan1984 on | July 20, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    I think SL teeam and batting order should be as follows.. 1.Dilshan 2.Thirimanne 3.Sangakkara 4.Jayewardene 5.Chandimal 6.Mathews 7.Jeewan mendis 8.Thisara perera 9.Kulasekara 10.Herath 11.Malinga ..look at this team,can challange to any team at da moment.. 4 genuine batsmens ( Sanga,mahela,chandimal,thirimanne ) 3 genuine battin. alrounders ( Dilshan, mathews, jeewan mendis ) 2 genuine bowling alroumders ( thisara and kula ) and quality spiner ( Herath ) and 1da best and fastest bowlers arround ( Malinga )

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    indians look a fragile team.Looksas if they'll further drop down the ratings as they've very quickly done in tests and T 20s

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    I wish India 5-0 Srilanka cant think about India losing

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    india has a slight edge over sri lanka because of depth in their batting order and with zaheer , irfan and umesh in pace bowling department and ojha and ashwin in spin it wouldn't be much worry to dhoni and srilanka should look out for sehwag and gambhir as they were in super form in ipl and middle order with likes of kohli , rohit raina and dhoni . india are very tough side to beat

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    Rahane should be there in the playing eleven.

  • POSTED BY sumit176 on | July 20, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    well i think sri lanka are slight favourites bcoz their all rounders are in form

  • POSTED BY neerajprasher on | July 20, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    GOOD LUCK INDIA 5-0.DONT NEED ROHIT SHARMA.HE DESERVE TO BE SIT AT BENCH THIS TIME. TEAM WOULD BE SEHWAG,GAMBHIR,KOHLI,TIWARY,DHONI,RAINA,PATHAN,ASHWIN,ZAHEER,OJHA,YADAV,

  • POSTED BY usernames on | July 20, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    @Nuwan_R: What? Just this year, all the series India have played till now have included SL! That's way, way too much.

  • POSTED BY ambujkumar on | July 20, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    let me predict the result of ODI series; India beating Sri Lanka 3-2 in the 5 match series.

  • POSTED BY serious-am-i on | July 20, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    @Avantha Tissera: You day dream too much brother.

  • POSTED BY Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on | July 20, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    @Avantha Tissera: This could be a very well be end of Mahela if SL loses 5-0. Hist last 9 matches speaks a lot about this.

    12, 11 Sri Lanka v Pakistan Pallekele 8 Jul 2012 Test # 2048 0, 1* Sri Lanka v Pakistan Colombo (SSC) 30 Jun 2012 Test # 2047 62, 14 Sri Lanka v Pakistan Galle 22 Jun 2012 Test # 2046 0 Sri Lanka v Pakistan Colombo (RPS) 18 Jun 2012 ODI # 3277 40 Sri Lanka v Pakistan Colombo (RPS) 16 Jun 2012 ODI # 3275 - Sri Lanka v Pakistan Colombo (RPS) 13 Jun 2012 ODI # 3274 53 Sri Lanka v Pakistan Pallekele 9 Jun 2012 ODI # 3273 3 Sri Lanka v Pakistan Pallekele 7 Jun 2012 ODI # 3272 2 Sri Lanka v Pakistan Hambantota 1 Jun 2012 T20I # 244

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    It will be a close contest...India will win the series 3-2 as predicted by most of the guys...All the best Dhoni & Co.

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | July 20, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    i agree with sahee mohammed. mathews always get injured during the match. we need a back up bowler for him. opening with jeevan mendis wont be a bad idea. or else open the innings with thirimanne and get jeevan mendis batting at number 7. my team. 1.dilshan 2.thirimanne 3.sanga 4.chandimal 5. mahela 6.mathews 7.J mendis 8. perera 9. kulasekara 10. herath 11. malinga

  • POSTED BY StatisticsRocks on | July 20, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    I expect SL to win this series 3-2 or 4-1 as we stilldont have a good bowling attack. This might be the end of Viru if he doesn't score. He has been terrible since quite long. Lot depends on Kohli and i hope he canlive upto to the expectation. Good luck to both the teams and I hope to see a cracker of a series w/o any rain interruption.

  • POSTED BY RAAJ101 on | July 20, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    WHY THERE IS NO AJINKYA RAHANE. HE COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER THAN SEHWAG

  • POSTED BY truthhh on | July 20, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    THIS is hambanthota,not india,best for blowers..sl has better blowing attack than india..so gud luck srilanka

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    nowadays cricket is being played almost around the clock..globally...and the interest itself is seemingly fading..i think cricket itself needs a rest...for a while..not only the players..i think the readers will agree....

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    it will be Sri lanka Wining 5-0..end of Dhoni era begins!!!!! he lost the test now time for ODI..

  • POSTED BY warneneverchuck on | July 20, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    So SL can win only against Werner teams like BD Zim

  • POSTED BY wijitha_srilanka on | July 20, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    This is gonna be close contest. Both sides are in very good form. With the home advantage SL will win the series 3-2.

  • POSTED BY Rokkk on | July 20, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    As a neutral fan I think India should look out for Thisara,Mathews,Malinga and Sri Lanka should look out for Gambhir,Kohli,Dhoni.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    my prediction is india beat srilanka 3-2

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    Mahela Should Open with Dilshan. I think he is hitting a bit of a rough patch. He had a poor test series Vs Pakistan. One day series was not that all convincing.If he opens he can spend some time in the middle and overcome this situation. Tharanga in the other hand is just taking things for granted. Not making maximum use of the opportunities given to him. Maybe not making the team will teach him a lesson or two. Replace Tharanga with Jeevan Mendis. A spinning all rounder would definitely come handy.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    i wish jeevan mendis as a opener ...thranga ,thirimane,chandimal,sangakkara,mahela never bowled so its waste to keep to many players and create proublum for bowlers ...jeevan mendis is a decent bowler and he can hit so better he has to play as a opener.....

  • POSTED BY praveen4honestremark on | July 20, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    Indian probable team looks good except for that Rohit is in this probable. Manoj deserves a place in the team. Rohit is given more chances and he has failed to grab them to cement his place; it's time now to get going with other player.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    no way here that india will win the series.india will repeat the same which done in the previous 1 year.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    Good luck Sri Lanka. Go for the 5-0 victory.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    might be it will be a very much different scenario.... for both the teams with lots of pressure...bcoz a major event is starting very soon.... there can't be any type of experiment..... but the teams will pick their best 11... and of course it will be the great time to watch both the teams....

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    India is looking strong and dhoni sounds much mre confidnt dn ever before !! :) good luck team INDIA. !!

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    watch out for Virat kohli lankans :D

  • POSTED BY serious-am-i on | July 20, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    Rahul Sharma was tested positive along with Wayne Parnell in the after IPL party.. So here we see another player going down from this tour.

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | July 20, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    Zaheer bowls the first over.. bowls first 4 deliveries....oooops here we go again, Zak is injured...Umm maybe Hamstring again.

  • POSTED BY superstar100 on | July 20, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    now India is reday to rule over ODI !!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    Why no Rahane in the probables when he is in the form of his life...

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    A fairly balanced Indian Team. India to lose first match and win the rest.

  • POSTED BY india666666 on | July 20, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    common india make it 5-0 and top the ODI rankings

  • POSTED BY mohammedafif36 on | July 20, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Virat Kohli will be a huge factor in the game.

  • POSTED BY Nuwan_R on | July 20, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    oh get over the whole 'yet another ind v sl' thing. it's been a while since they met. As an SL fan I'm looking forward to this series.

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  • POSTED BY Nuwan_R on | July 20, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    oh get over the whole 'yet another ind v sl' thing. it's been a while since they met. As an SL fan I'm looking forward to this series.

  • POSTED BY mohammedafif36 on | July 20, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Virat Kohli will be a huge factor in the game.

  • POSTED BY india666666 on | July 20, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    common india make it 5-0 and top the ODI rankings

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    A fairly balanced Indian Team. India to lose first match and win the rest.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    Why no Rahane in the probables when he is in the form of his life...

  • POSTED BY superstar100 on | July 20, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    now India is reday to rule over ODI !!!

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | July 20, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    Zaheer bowls the first over.. bowls first 4 deliveries....oooops here we go again, Zak is injured...Umm maybe Hamstring again.

  • POSTED BY serious-am-i on | July 20, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    Rahul Sharma was tested positive along with Wayne Parnell in the after IPL party.. So here we see another player going down from this tour.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    watch out for Virat kohli lankans :D

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    India is looking strong and dhoni sounds much mre confidnt dn ever before !! :) good luck team INDIA. !!