Sri Lanka v India, 3rd ODI, Colombo July 27, 2012

Teams seek fresh start in Colombo

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Match facts

Saturday, July 28
Start time 1430 (0900 GMT)

Big Picture

After two contrasting matches in Hambantota, the teams gear up for another double-header at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, with the series neatly tied up at 1-1. Sri Lanka will be the more confident of the two sides after the nine-wicket hiding they dished out to India in the previous outing, but India have a superior record at the Premadasa, where the heat and humidity and shorter boundaries will feel more comfortable after blustery Hambantota.

India have won the last five matches at the Premadasa where they have used their preferred method - bat first, score big and let the pressure of the chase stifle the opposition. However, the pitch was relaid before the World Cup and run scoring at the Premadasa since then has not been easy; both seamers and slow bowlers were among wickets during the recent ODIs against Pakistan. After their struggle in the last ODI in Hambantota on a pitch that offered some help, the Premadasa pitch could offer another stiff challenge to India's batsmen.

Sri Lanka have only three wins out of nine - all batting first - against India in the last five years at the Premadasa, the last of those was when Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis were around to block India's escape routes in the middle overs. Sri Lanka would hope for similar pressure from their in-form bowler Thisara Perera. In the last two games, their batting was more consistent compared to the Indians, and their bowlers extracted movement from a pitch on which India's bowling appeared insipid.

But just as a big loss puts pressure on those who fail to perform, like Rohit Sharma in India's case, a big win hides deficiencies. Mahela Jayawardene would have welcomed the chase that ended within 20 overs in the previous game, but the batting form of Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews and Lahiru Thirimanne remains untested and the Sri Lanka captain would hope for some runs from the young middle-order batsmen.

Form guide


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Watch out for...

Upul Tharanga endured a tough series against Pakistan recently and was under pressure to hold his spot in the team. But an unbeaten half-century chasing India's modest total may have just boosted not only his confidence, but also Mahela Jayawardene's faith on the batting order.

While Virat Kohli has been hogging the limelight recently, Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni's partnership down the order has gone unnoticed. The two have helped India convert good starts to tall totals and since CB series in Australia, they have scored 169 runs together from 17 overs. With Sri Lanka lacking express pace to bounce either of the two, the partnership will continue to a pose serious threat.

Team news

Pragyan Ojha's fitness is the only doubt surrounding the Indian team, with Gautam Gambhir saying fairly emphatically that Rohit Sharma will not be dropped at this point.

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 are likely to continue with the same squad that played in the second ODI.

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 Isuru Udana, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Rangana Herath

Stats and trivia

  • The average run-rate in 1st/2nd innings at the Premadasa from 2007 till before the World Cup was 5.22/4.58. Since the pitch was relaid, the average run-rate has changed to 4.37/4.81
  • Angelo Mathews averages 33.56 with the bat after 78 matches. Against India, his average drops to 29.54. In Sri Lanka, it drops further to 26.35

Quotes

"When it comes to the [India] top order, they make a huge difference. If we can get a few wickets early on, we can put pressure the middle order batsmen."
Angelo Mathews

"We need to remember that we are coming in after a two month break while Sri Lanka have been playing very good cricket and have beaten a very good side like Pakistan."
Gautam Gambhir

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor with ESPNcricinfo

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  • g.narsimha on July 29, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    cover drive sl(27-7-12-16.13)-what happened to u r lion roar man where u r hiding now .

  • g.narsimha on July 28, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    MASTER MIHIL- Who is stopping u to have a juicy pitch , u r finding excuse s in advance in case u r team loses in this match by saying the pitch was flat blaah......, dont forget u r playing in u r own backyard , if we win that m,eans we are far better team than urs .

  • Sinhabahu on July 28, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    @g.narsimha, I'd say that getting whitewashed once could be called an aberration. But twice in succession? Come on, mate, that points to a serious deficiency somewhere. Even SL has never gotten whitewashed in quick succession like that.

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on July 28, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    @SL Fans! - Wow moment i remembered your just 3 disastrous AWAY games some of the fans responded back with more positive comments- Thank you for that and i read them all but I still wish LANKA a good luck. wow! Mahela you surprise me every time did'nt SL chase chase successfully twice on the same ground? In quater finals you chased down 229 and in Semifinal you chased 217 comfortably YET you chose to bat today?

  • on July 28, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    I dont know y Indian take down to the new players in matches...even they dont even got a chance to play a single match..

  • on July 28, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    @Master_Mihil Bullies means no one don't need a good talent to play on a flat track. But if there is something on the pitch for bowlers, Batsmen must be talented., But on the flat tracks, you have only to see the ball from hand and decide the speed and height and bang away. Thats not high quality cricket.

  • on July 28, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    @begusaraiguddu if u dont knw abt it,, how the hell u talking man? plz dont comment without having any knowledge abt sl cricket,,

  • Jimi01 on July 28, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    I think right now Kohli and Sangakkara are the two best batsman right now in the game. Todays match will be interesting

  • Sinhaya on July 28, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    @praveen4honestremark, thanks for your last coments. @g.narsimha, I never demeaned your side. Please read my comments carefully. I was wishing your side better hope hoping that by 2014 players like Pujara, Saurabh Tiwary etc are well established.

  • on July 28, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    It would have been great if Jadeja was given a chance ahead of prgyan ojha because we can use jadeja in batting as well as in bowling. if radeja is not available than rahul sharma should get a chance now.

  • g.narsimha on July 29, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    cover drive sl(27-7-12-16.13)-what happened to u r lion roar man where u r hiding now .

  • g.narsimha on July 28, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    MASTER MIHIL- Who is stopping u to have a juicy pitch , u r finding excuse s in advance in case u r team loses in this match by saying the pitch was flat blaah......, dont forget u r playing in u r own backyard , if we win that m,eans we are far better team than urs .

  • Sinhabahu on July 28, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    @g.narsimha, I'd say that getting whitewashed once could be called an aberration. But twice in succession? Come on, mate, that points to a serious deficiency somewhere. Even SL has never gotten whitewashed in quick succession like that.

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on July 28, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    @SL Fans! - Wow moment i remembered your just 3 disastrous AWAY games some of the fans responded back with more positive comments- Thank you for that and i read them all but I still wish LANKA a good luck. wow! Mahela you surprise me every time did'nt SL chase chase successfully twice on the same ground? In quater finals you chased down 229 and in Semifinal you chased 217 comfortably YET you chose to bat today?

  • on July 28, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    I dont know y Indian take down to the new players in matches...even they dont even got a chance to play a single match..

  • on July 28, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    @Master_Mihil Bullies means no one don't need a good talent to play on a flat track. But if there is something on the pitch for bowlers, Batsmen must be talented., But on the flat tracks, you have only to see the ball from hand and decide the speed and height and bang away. Thats not high quality cricket.

  • on July 28, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    @begusaraiguddu if u dont knw abt it,, how the hell u talking man? plz dont comment without having any knowledge abt sl cricket,,

  • Jimi01 on July 28, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    I think right now Kohli and Sangakkara are the two best batsman right now in the game. Todays match will be interesting

  • Sinhaya on July 28, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    @praveen4honestremark, thanks for your last coments. @g.narsimha, I never demeaned your side. Please read my comments carefully. I was wishing your side better hope hoping that by 2014 players like Pujara, Saurabh Tiwary etc are well established.

  • on July 28, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    It would have been great if Jadeja was given a chance ahead of prgyan ojha because we can use jadeja in batting as well as in bowling. if radeja is not available than rahul sharma should get a chance now.

  • arun_mvgr on July 28, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    Is dis is gud way for indian cricket? Not droping sharma and letting a young talent tiwary on the bench. Riduculous from dhoni. If indian selectors too think in his way then dhoni till now playing to jharkand team. And lanka team is back, be careful dhoni they are too dangerous than u r helicopter shot. I think lanka vil go and win d series 3-2.

  • on July 28, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    there was a time SL fans supported India and vice versa when each team played other countries, thanks to the banter it has gone off i guess, and arrogance of some. lets hope 4 to bring it back.cheers. We have a strong odi unit now, built around a fast bowling attack, India's strength is in batting line up.so expect a good contest

  • rahuldravid_mr.cricket on July 28, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    i used 2 follow ckt earlier bt not now since dravid's exit...he ws d best player..indian ckt hs ever produced bettr den sachin...in current lot dere is no one who cud replace dravid not even kohli....he is good but for flat tracks....even in australia he scored centuries at hobart(batting track), adelaide another batsman paradise....gotta say his innings of 75 at perth ws much better den 183 at mirpur....d current indian lot is lyk if d score is 200/2 after 40 overs dey cn get to 350/5 after 50 overs...but if india is languishing at 60/4 in first 15 overs dey cannot take side thru to fifty overs dey will b restricted under 200...also 200 is only possibl if dhoni carries d bat throughout d innings....if u want 2 c talented batters check out kallis devilliers and amla....nd also hussey....god please give dravid his age bck so he cud play longer..miss him badly...sayin about todays match india gonna win but not as easily as lankans did d other day..dey r true fighters....not lyk ours

  • Master_Mihil on July 28, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    Indian's are flat-track champions, there's no question about. (I think bullies is the annoying word here.) Even Gambhir accepts it and is hopeful for a flat track in Premadasa, which it is. SL can't afford to make flat tracks and expect home advantage when Indians are so good at it. And the vulnerability in famed indian batting line-up is pace and bounce. So bit of grass in pitch and Short of a good length deliveries is a recipe for a SL win.

  • NUNA_1980 on July 28, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    I want to see Jeevan Mendis for Udana, because Perera and Mathews doing god job with new ball I don't think we need 4 quick bawlers, Good luck Sri Lanka

  • g.narsimha on July 28, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    sinhaya- ur wrong man it is not the age factor see majority of established players in most of the teams are in 30s or in mid 30s , ours are not that much worse pl;ayers of fast bowling in erlier tours they performed far better in these 2 countries the stsats available in this web prove my claim , our players ave , are superior than other players from this region just one bad performance u people got lisence to tarnish their greatness, prove me wrong with stats such things happens in cricket u only rememeber just our white washes but what about eng horrible show in odis in ind , in uae u never refer them & rubbish other teams but after team india becouse majority of u people cant stomack THE DOMINATION OF INDIA ON & OFF THE FIELD u just got an opportunity to celebrat our these 2 white washes u all people always demean ind s wins at home terming them as flat tracks if batting is so easy on indian tracks than who is stopping visiting teams winning even u r team could not win a test

  • gabrialgihan on July 28, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    Lol at sasi kanthsrilanka is the team who have the best upcoming youngsters like perera thirimanne chandimal and mathews who does india have other than koli???imagine what would happen to india when gambir shewag tendulkar and dhoni gone...even with that experiance you get cosecative white washes OMG it will be worst than school cricket

  • anuragsinha16 on July 28, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    I hope Rohit Sharma plays to his potential today!

  • g.narsimha on July 28, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    sinhabahu-relax man thats an abberation on team induia ,how long u people celebrat our 2 away bad performance in decades , still we are the better team from this part of the world winning more matches in aus, sa, wi , baring the last series in eng we fared far better in erlier tours so give a break & find some other things to demean india rather than those last 2 tours , more over our bad performance was mainly due to in fighting in team india.

  • on July 28, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    As a true fan cricket & cricketing legends like Kapil, Gavaskar, Richards, Lara you fans are just like milk-man, i.e., I mean to say you keep the cows till it gives milk, then you send them to butcher shop. Just like Sachin single-handedly took the batting responsibility of the entire nation not for just 1 or 2 years but between 1989-1999 till the establishment of Ganguly & Dravid. & he'll retire once he thinks he no longer enjoys cricket. This is not only for Sachin but for every cricketer who is proud to represent his country in the international arena.

  • begusaraiguddu on July 28, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    De have never won a test series in india also forget about saf,aus o eng,and de cant beat dis weak windies side in windies,and now de r showin attitude after jus 1 win,god save slanka

  • praveen4honestremark on July 28, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    Please Note :(Posted by praveen4honestremark on (July 28 2012, 03:37 AM GMT) With reference to this post; I was just saying to only those Srilankan fans who are just provoking that not to do that and i didn't mean all of the Srilankan fans. All the best for both teams for 3rd ODI. Thank you.

  • on July 28, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    hey Devashish, why do you highlight that stat about Angelo Mathews?

  • begusaraiguddu on July 28, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    I jus want to know 1 thing,hw many series slanka have won outside srilanka?i think its 0 if we take out zimbabwe n bangladesh ,and ur talkin abt fast and bouncy track

  • CoverDriveSL on July 28, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    @ Eat_sleep_play_cricket wait few more hours mate u'll see ;).. lol After this match I'll answer you.. ;) anyways be prepare for a big time loose again :) coz it'z not so long before Indians were ALL OUT FOR 139 ;) lol ( LIONS ROARRRRRR) :)

  • on July 28, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    pheeeew thank you kholi for scoring a 100 so the the curse will kick off when ever you score a 100 even though you win that match, team India definitely looooooooses the series thank god kholi you are the man!!

  • Sinhaya on July 28, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    @praveen4honestremark and loks07, I am a big time Sri Lankan fan and hope my comments are diplomatic by your standards. @loks07, why do you say that Sanga is not playing in the right spirit? Cant recall when he went against any norms.

  • on July 28, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    Who is Gambir to tell who should play and who should not, Rohit is lethargic and his fielding is also poor, Too many chances has been given where as Kaif was shown the door after a match failure, Rohit will be better playing club cricket. It is time Tiwary is given the number of chances as Rohit.

  • on July 28, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    Indian players doesn't bother about the wickets either pace or flat pitches. The current players have done outside the country in the recent past. Don't underestimate the talents and judge the team and anticipate the day match results. Whoever, plays with more confidence, techniques and put forth great team work, they would win at the end of day. Avoid biasing comments. Everyone in India and Sri Lanka respect players of each side. Making comments like this would fire the interest of people on their opposite counterparts.

  • Charos on July 28, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    Sasi Kanth Tummalapalli says "but looking at the attitude of the SL public..I may have to change my opinion". Please go backward to see where this so crappy stuff generated, before you change your mind. (Kays789/ Sinhabahu/ Sinhaya)< (piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda/ Eat_sleep_play_cricket)< nilankaraja< Anirjgd< ranilranathunga "PLS make green wickets, we can bolw indians away...no batting wickets please" Is there anything wrong with the first comment, to make this such a mess?

  • on July 28, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    Please leave whatever grass on the pitch available and Sri Lanka can win easily

  • praveen4honestremark on July 28, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    @ Srilankan fans(who just provoke others for no reason)...Yes, be proud of your win but don't humiliate others constantly and speak or debate in the context of ODI's Remember this series is tied 1-1 and on our day if we start humiliating you like you are doing now then this comment section will be pain to read for you again.

  • Sinhaya on July 28, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    @Eat_sleep_play_cricket, to be honest India's recent disasters in England and Australia were due to the big named batsmen unable to tackle fast bowlers whilst they are too old. Tendulkar would have tackled the top bowlers better 3 years ago unlike now with his old legs and weaker reflexes. Hopefully Saurabh Tiwary, Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Rahane etc will be well established by the time your next test tour of England comes in mid 2014. On the otherhand, we Lankans have the proud label of being the last team to beat South Africa when South Africa travelled away, which was in 2006 when we beat them in the 2 tests 2-0 (sanga mahela's 624 run partnership was back then). Since then SA have never lost an away test series. I hope we can beat SA in July next year when they come this way for a test series after 7 years and have the proud label of being able to end their unbroken run of not losing an away test series.

  • Sinhaya on July 28, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    @Anirjgd, 2010 Asia Cup was never a green top. Dambulla may only favor spinners. Remember in the 2010 Asia cup we won all preliminary round games and only lost the finals ok! Sri Lanka's only green top is Pallekelle. Rest are spinning pitches except SSC the flat bed. We are not the worse players of seam and swing. We beat England in 2006 in a test match at Trent Bridge, which is a green top. We also thrashed England by 8 wickets in 2006 in Headingley, which is also a green top. So you are wrong buddy.

  • on July 28, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    @ piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda and @ nilankaraja...its good to see kapil dev back in BCCI......let us hope for good

  • mrcool on July 28, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    I wonder what is Fault of Robin uthappa if rohit is getting so many chances based on talent..Uthappa is well suited for odi game but he didn't get single chance in odi for last 4 years.

  • Sinhaya on July 28, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    @piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda Somalia and Timbuktu have never hosted international matches. But do you know that Sri Lanka were triumphant in a tri series in 2002 in Morocco, which featured Pakistan and South Africa? Check the African map thoroughly before wrigin please.

  • on July 28, 2012, 3:15 GMT

    All these comments on the Indian losses in Aus and England..I just cant wait to see the how 'well' the lankans will be humiliated in 3-4 years time..The backbone Mahela, Sanga and Dilshan are bound to retire..the only person the entire nation sees as a potential leader, Angelo, cant play 10 odis on the run without getting injured..I just hope the Lankan Lion's Roar doesn't become Lankan Cat's Meow.. I am not against SL..if the match doesn't have anything to do with India..I would always support SL..but looking at the attitude of the SL public..I may have to change my opinion..

  • Jimi01 on July 28, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    @piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda - how about India's 0-8. why are you comparing a nation that has 1 Billion people to SL a small country with 20 million.

  • loks07 on July 28, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    SriLankan fans, as I see on Cricinfo, are least humble and have built up some kind of animosity to their neighbour specially. What is surprising is their teams are known to be humble and down to earth, playing in right spirit (except Sangakara perhaps). Loved watching Murali.

  • Sinhaya on July 28, 2012, 3:00 GMT

    @Eat_sleep_play_cricket, well bro dont forget how we chased 324 against England in 37.3 overs England in 2006. So your wrong to say any team wont let that happen as England allowed it to happen in Headingley afterall. Dont say our CB series was bad because beating Australia 3 times in the ODIs in the round robin in Australia is great. Asia cup honestly we were jaded after gruelling tours and we were eager to return home asap as England were already here acclimatizing. I was happy we did not make it to the finals cos that would have stopped us winning the first test at Galle due to tardiness. Honestly, hope both teams put up an exciting nail biter and cricket will be the winner today. I will be present at the R Premadasa Stadium indeed. Hope Indians play Tiwary for Rohit S and we play Sachithra Senanayake instead of Udana.

  • on July 28, 2012, 2:38 GMT

    it will be a easy win.... for sure to the indians!!! :) kholi!! cant miss an easy chance like this to make 100 --> he has 10 overs of MALINGA!!!....its more than enough!!!

  • on July 28, 2012, 2:12 GMT

    @piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda- The 43 All out against South Africa was an ODI not a Test Match. Also, SL did pretty well against England in the Test Series, compared to India. I know the rain played a huge part during the SL tour of England, but I'd rather take a 1-0 defeat than a 4-0 Whitewash.

  • India_One_Rupee_Country on July 28, 2012, 1:53 GMT

    If India Bat Well then India will win otherwise Lanka will win it easily

  • Kays789 on July 28, 2012, 1:36 GMT

    @ eat_sleep_play_cricket: since you so unashamedly compared the indians' performance with sri lanka's here's a few more facts that you conveniently ignored. yes SL was bowled out for 40 odd but then came back to win the next test and if not for rain wouldve won the ODI series as well. yes india chased down 300 odd in 40 overs, and still SL reached the finals having beaten india and australia pretty darn comprehensively multiple times. so what about india's performance in england and australia? haha yup thats what i thought. thrashed around the park like a bunch of club cricketers. put a few grass clippings on the pitch and your flat track bullies wouldnt even beat a women's team. the indian 'fan' surely has to be the main reason for india's lack of neutral support in world cricket.

  • Sinhabahu on July 28, 2012, 1:15 GMT

    @Eat_sleep_play_cricket, oh and what happened in SA after the first Test and ODI's? At least we didn't get whitewashed, unlike your flat track world champions. And here you are bragging about the tri-series in Australia...which two teams played in the final? I don't think India was one of them.

  • Sinhabahu on July 28, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    @piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda, You seem to have forgotten that we thrashed SA in the next match. But of course, the greatest achievement of team India was whitewashing England and Australia 4-0 in successive series. Oops wait a minute...

  • Nampally on July 28, 2012, 0:52 GMT

    If Dhoni & Gambhir are determined to play Rohit Sharma despite his 5, 0 in 2 ODI's, then let Rohit play #6 & let Dhoni bat at #4. Despite all the potential talent Rohit has, he is very low on confidence. Let him bat lower down & watch others how they bat. He needs a couple of big scores to regain his confidence. Is he capable of doing it? He should be told that he is on his last legs & failures will knock him out of the squad permanently. You get a chance in XI by scoring runs consistently. Rohit has made it a habit of consistent failures, lately. I feel very sad for Rahane, Tiwary & Rahul Sharma never making the XI on a consistent basis due to team politics. Others can fail as much as they like yet retain their spot under the excuse of "Talent" - which amounts to low single digit scores. I do not like Rohit in XI but if he does play I still wish him all the luck.

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on July 27, 2012, 23:34 GMT

    @ranilranathunga -- All you managed to win is 1-2 matches in Hambantota, Dambulla, Somalia and Timbuktu, and you dream of "blowing Indians away". Very conveniently hiding your face when SL chokes in major games against good teams mostly INDIA.

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on July 27, 2012, 23:32 GMT

    @nilankaraja -- Well the mother of all humiliations is your Lankan team getting knocked over for 40 runs in an innings in a test match in SA recently. Slight juice in the wicket and SL team turns test matches into T20. LOL.

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on July 27, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    @nilankaraja: Thank you for reminding our humiliating tour of England and Australia. Lets recap LIONS scores in their amazing last AWAY three series. Against South Africa: 43 all out and lost the 1st odi by 258 runs (Wow! this is a very definition of humiliations) Triangular series in Australia: Losing to INDIA by 7 wickets when India managed to chase 321 in JUST 36.4 overs (I dont think any team would even let that happen to them) and Asia cup: LANKA with all super stars could not even manage to win a single game(Such a shame). - Good luck LANKA!.

  • TeamSelector on July 27, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    [1] Drop Ojha & Rohit. [2] Bring in Rahul Sharma & Tiwary. [3] Dhoni needs to lead by example & bat higher up the order (#4).

  • on July 27, 2012, 23:18 GMT

    its all depend on pitch.india should win tommarow.

  • BustIPL on July 27, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    Both the matches were similar just in the first one SL missed early opportunities and then let Dhoni, Kohli and Sehwag cut lose. In the end there was slim margin of win for Indians to enjoy for short time then the second game was business as usual. Series is not delicately balance keeping in view the effectiveness of Indian bowling and SL should win this comprehensively. Also, SL just had a series against the asian champions and this practice India lack anyway.

  • Logical_Voice_SL_Cricket on July 27, 2012, 22:29 GMT

    JEVAN MENDIS! JEVAN MENDIS! JEVAN MENDIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHY ISNT HE PLAYING FOR THE PLAYING 11... HERATH IS A GOOD SPINER... HE IS DEF OUR NUMBER ONE TEST SPINNER BUT HIS BOLWLING LACKS THE ABILITY TO MAKE A DIFFRENCE IN ODI CRICKET... im not saying that jevan is a better spinnier but he has the ability to bat making him a bowling allrounder... his precense will add more fire power to our batting unit... Rangana is out of shape and an awful feelder... MENDIS is quick aglie and has hands like buckets... GIVE THIS GUY A FAIR CHANCE!!!!!

  • on July 27, 2012, 22:14 GMT

    Can't wait for the 3rd ODI! It's anyone's series right now because both India and Sri Lanka are great teams and both are on highs. Excited and hoping that Gautam Gambhir and Kumar Sangakkara will make some big runs!

  • on July 27, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    If Team India wants to give another chance to for Generation Next Rohit Sharma, they should also include Manoj in Playing XI in the place of Ojha. 4 bowlers and Raina, Rohit and Veru can test handle 5th bowler option. Manoj needs at least 3 games. So Dhoni and Co please try Manoj instead of he warming the bench. Whole nation is seeing you Rohit. Perform of perish Mr Rohit. You are playing for Country not for your self.

  • nilb on July 27, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    @Anirjgd Someone forgot about the more recent absolute humiliation Indians faced in tours in Australia and England. Here let me refresh your memory:

    India lost 196 runs v England Lord's 21 Jul 2011 India lost 319 runs v England Nottingham 29 Jul 2011 India lost inns & 242 runs v England Birmingham 10 Aug 2011 India lost inns & 8 runs v England The Oval 18 Aug 2011 India lost 122 runs v Australia Melbourne 26 Dec 2011 India lost inns & 68 runs v Australia Sydney 3 Jan 2012 India lost inns & 37 runs v Australia Perth 13 Jan 2012 India lost 298 runs v Australia Adelaide 24 Jan 2012

    if you're interested compare the most recent tours by Sri Lanka and pakistan in Eng, SA and Aus and rethink your claim. India is worst subcontinent team in bouncy tracks period.

  • fr600 on July 27, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    Sri Lanka do not need fresh start multiple times.

  • Anirjgd on July 27, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    @ranilranathunga : Yes lets make green wickets and lets see how SL lions turns into mice. Flashback, remember 1999 world cup, 2010 Asia Cup, on all occasions seaming wickets have made Lankans dance in mid pitch. Lets go for it... to be honest, Lankans are the worst players of seam and swing.

  • on July 27, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    To all thz who criticizing Rohit sharma . . . 2015 world cup will be hosted by Australia nd newzealand . . . So India needs quality player lyk Rohit who can bat well in any surfaces unlyk Dhoni,raina,sehwag,tiwary who can shine only in asian conditions . . . Rohit has pure talent no doubt in it but he didn't had ny luck to show his talent many times . . . An Inside edge gets 4 runs for Virat kohli(lucky) bt d same inside edge disturbs d bails for Rohit sharma(unlucky) . . . When luck favors rohit as it favouring kohli now he'll show hw dangerous he can be . . . Encourage d talent guys not fortune!!! Tommorow India will win as premdasa is pure batting wicket and it didn't assist perera or mathews by tht srilankan bowling attack will be weakend :)

  • on July 27, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    Indians they can play only batting pitch and in India but Sri Lankan they can play any where.they didn't lost test 4-0,ODI 5-0 anywhere....

  • on July 27, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    Indians they can play only batting pitch and in India but Sri Lankan they can play any where.they didn't lost test 4-0,ODI 5-0 anywhere....

  • Sinhaya on July 27, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    Hope tomorrow's wicket will be a spinners' paradise so that Sachithra Senanayake, Herath, Ashwin and Ojha all can excel. Any team that bats first and scores 240 is in safe zone. Weather will be perfect for cricket.

  • channab on July 27, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    Sri Lankan will wrap the series easily. First they were boasting they can make a white wash. Surely, Lions will roar at the Premadasa Stadium tommorrow. I will be there to witness a great game of cricket :)

  • sidh78 on July 27, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    india win tommorow becoz badday (2nd odi) not always come.now ind bounce back quite sure about that.

  • Prakmca on July 27, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    How many chances jadeja got? Atleast Rohit bagged player of the series two times. But this would ne his last chance. If he performs, he will stay else will be replaced.

    May we he can tried for Tests.

  • praveen4honestremark on July 27, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    I am Praying to rain god of Srilanka from yesterday so that there will be no match and all comments here become useless and i will feel happy, happier and happiest :D :D :D :D :P :P :P

  • wolf777 on July 27, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    Drop Rohit Sharma and pick Manoj Tiwari...it is that simple.

  • Azweer on July 27, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    i feel Rahane can replace Rohit more than Tiwary... Both Rohit & Tiwary has bowling i accept... But still both may be considered as part timers... there are already 2 part timers there with the likes of Raina & Virat... Even Sehwag can be a part timer and sehwag has better experince too in Sri lankan pitches... If am not wrong he has won a match for India in the same ground with his bowling vs the home team some 8 yrs bac... again i accept that was long time... but the experience he has is enormous aftr that... so Dhoni can keep faith in Rahane or Tiwary more than Rohit in Colombo

  • sumit176 on July 27, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    @coverdrivesl ....u have such a great cricketing knowledge....u will be great coach,,,now i am your biggest fan

  • K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on July 27, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    India must play in this match with a +ve mode. The result of this match will go in india favour if they will pick the follwing playing 11 :- 1.Viru 2 Gambhir 3.Virat 4.Raina 5.Manoj 6.Dhoni 7.Irfan 8.Ashwin 9.Zak 10.Dinda 11.Rahul Sharma.

    1. Rohit Sharma should be dropped, he is not able to dispaly his talent so giv him a break to study his faults. Manoj Tiwary is the best bet agnst Rohit. This lad has hunger so let him prove that plz.

    2. Ojha should be dropped, he is not able to stop the run flow when in the other end Ashwin is doing a marvelous job.So giev a chance to Rahul Sharma and lets see how does he partner with Ashwin.

    3. Ashok Dinda should replace Yadav. Yadav is leaking runs whenever he gets bowl in death so let him learn through watching how to stop the run flow when Dinda bowls in the death.

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on July 27, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    @CoverDriveSL: Well said mate and i'm just returning the favor: Tarang: Chasing outside the off stump ball caught in the slips (Usal Tharanga way), Dishan - a high towering catch at Mid-on (These days Midon seems to be the farthest distance Dilshan can go), Mahela - Padel sweep hitting on to stumps (Too cheeky is too dangerous sometimes), Chanda / Thirimanne - have shown they can get out in most bizzare ways one can imagine. Angelo / Perriera - Too much pressure on these guys to score so they eventually give an easy catch at long-on or mid wicket. Only batsman that remains not out is Sangakara - He is too good to get out and too slow to score. Good Luck Lanka!

  • on July 27, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    India will easily win tomorrow...srilanka lacks quality spin and fast bowling...wicket will be always FLAT...let finished them!!

  • on July 27, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    I gotta feeling that Sehwag is gonna make a huge score tomorrow. Anyway, I'd like to see a nail biting contest. Lasith Malinga is now useless against india in ODIs. It is a big plus for India. And Nuwan pradeep in place of Isuru Udana will be a good choise for Sri Lanka.

  • CoverDriveSL on July 27, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    Indian's will loose this match ezily.. Rohit dun know how to contact the ball with the bat ..Dhoni always swinging da bat for everything same with Shewag ... ONE GOOD short ball for Raina and he'z over... Kholi's purple patch ended in last match..one in swinger from leg stump for Ghambhir an he'z done lol ... pooor indians will suffer in the hands of LIONS badly tomorrow...Pooor FLAT TRACK BULLIES ...(LIONS ROARRRRRR!! )

  • nickcarter80 on July 27, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    Prepare a 50:50 wicket which helps both batsman and bowlers. Game over. India will lose every time.

  • on July 27, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    ohja should drop, and play any spinner

  • on July 27, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    C'on guys. we can win this series. India bat only flat tracks..... :D

  • Nampally on July 27, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    India has to remain positive, in the present & forget the past. This is real battle in the middle where one mistake costs you a wicket. In nets there are no tactics & it is relaxed carefree batting. If Rohit Sharma still plays despite his failures, he is on a very short leash & running out of chances. He has to prove his critics wrong. Yadev, Ojha & ZAK have been wild, erratic & undisciplined. India cannot afford 3 wild bowlers in XI with economy rate close to 7 runs/over.It would be best in the Indian interest to play Dinda for either Yadev or ZAK & Rahul for Ojha. Rahul is an economical bowler similar to great Chandra - quick & accurate leg breaks, googlies & flippers. He is consistently in the squad because the selectors think he deserves to play. But was benched by Dhoni for at least 20 games.The same applies to Tiwary & Rahane. If you do not give youngsters a chance to play, they get disheartened & lose confidence. This approach is killing all Indian talent. MSD, Pl. Wake up!.

  • yorkslanka on July 27, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    lets have another bowling friendly pitch please mr curator and then we can get our noses in front in the series...

  • ranilranathunga on July 27, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    PLS make green wickets, we can bolw indians away...no batting wickets please

  • on July 27, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    No More Chances To NoHit Sharma Pls....Playing XI Should be like-Sehwag,gambhir,Virat,Tiwary,Raina,Dhoni,Irfan,Aswin,Zaheer,Rahul Sharma,Yadav

  • on July 27, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Give chances to all players in the squad.test them prior to T20 world cup.

  • on July 27, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    uniguy....Skilankan pitches are sea pitches...and india always beats Ski Lanka in Bowler friendly tracks! It's actually Ski lanka that can't bat! LOL good at your home and away differences! The most in the world!

  • on July 27, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    Recognizing the role that each player should play according to the situation is the most important thing for the Sri Lankan batsmen. I won't much impressed with the half century of upul in the last game because it came in a zero pressure situation. while dilshan is the aggressor out of two openers, upul need to be more aggressive if dilshan goes early which didn't happen in the first game because u would expect sanga or mahela to anchor the inning. so i'm keen on seen india compiling a 300+ score and testing sri lankan batsmen. :D

  • on July 27, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    India should be looking for a new captain. Dhoni has lost respect of his team mates. They view all his team selection decisions with skepticism. There is bias involved in it. Sehwag has been the worst fielder in the Indian side so far. He dropped two sitters in the slip so far in two matches and with him putting on weight he does not even look like an Athlete anymore. He often converts "2" into "1". In my view India's weak links are Sehwag and Dhoni.

  • Solace1 on July 27, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    Lions will surely win, and i really hope atleast after this win our neighbour fans will agree that lanka is the better team now!!

  • lordrudraksh on July 27, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    i think ojha and rohit should be dropped. and india can start with batting first

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on July 27, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    Looking for an exciting game tomorrow and some how i feel this match will go down to wire. I'm sure to improve the SL records against India, Pitch Curators will take a cue from the last game and Green top will welcome India at Premadasa. I'm interested if India experiments a little bit with their batting order tomorrow and send Rohit to open with Sehwag, Gambhir at #3 and kohli at #4. This gives Rohit ample time to stay and regain his confidence (Though he always has nearly 25 overs) and might also mess up Lankan game plan. Hope to see some fight back from India and young lads to take responsibilities after having and extra half day of rest from previous match.

  • surz on July 27, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    The real problem Team India has been facing from the England series is the collapse of the middle order without good partnerships,Dhoni should be going in at no.4, where rohit currently is playing.the next trouble is the third pace bowler umesh yadav, he should be replaced by ashok dinda if the bowling has get some teeth, Dinda can hit the deck hard and extract extra bounce, which will be helpful in the Indian conditions.Otherwise the Team looks good, though would like to see replace rohit replaced by either rahane/tiwary both of whom have proved their worth.

  • Akshaythekaxk on July 27, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    As long as Zak does nt bowl too many wides...India will win!

  • on July 27, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    Yes Lions Will Beat Indians In Sha ALLAH!!

  • on July 27, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    Sri Lankan will win match. india all out under 200.....i

  • uniguy on July 27, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    It's matter of the condition of the pitch. Nothing else. We all know that Indians cannot bat on bowler friendly tracks.

  • on July 27, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    India should chase this time, as thei man in form- Gambhir, Kohli, Raina, Dhoni and Pathan holds the key for Indian batting. Persist with Rohit for 1 more match. But give a chance to Dinda in place of Ojha..

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  • on July 27, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    India should chase this time, as thei man in form- Gambhir, Kohli, Raina, Dhoni and Pathan holds the key for Indian batting. Persist with Rohit for 1 more match. But give a chance to Dinda in place of Ojha..

  • uniguy on July 27, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    It's matter of the condition of the pitch. Nothing else. We all know that Indians cannot bat on bowler friendly tracks.

  • on July 27, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    Sri Lankan will win match. india all out under 200.....i

  • on July 27, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    Yes Lions Will Beat Indians In Sha ALLAH!!

  • Akshaythekaxk on July 27, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    As long as Zak does nt bowl too many wides...India will win!

  • surz on July 27, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    The real problem Team India has been facing from the England series is the collapse of the middle order without good partnerships,Dhoni should be going in at no.4, where rohit currently is playing.the next trouble is the third pace bowler umesh yadav, he should be replaced by ashok dinda if the bowling has get some teeth, Dinda can hit the deck hard and extract extra bounce, which will be helpful in the Indian conditions.Otherwise the Team looks good, though would like to see replace rohit replaced by either rahane/tiwary both of whom have proved their worth.

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on July 27, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    Looking for an exciting game tomorrow and some how i feel this match will go down to wire. I'm sure to improve the SL records against India, Pitch Curators will take a cue from the last game and Green top will welcome India at Premadasa. I'm interested if India experiments a little bit with their batting order tomorrow and send Rohit to open with Sehwag, Gambhir at #3 and kohli at #4. This gives Rohit ample time to stay and regain his confidence (Though he always has nearly 25 overs) and might also mess up Lankan game plan. Hope to see some fight back from India and young lads to take responsibilities after having and extra half day of rest from previous match.

  • lordrudraksh on July 27, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    i think ojha and rohit should be dropped. and india can start with batting first

  • Solace1 on July 27, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    Lions will surely win, and i really hope atleast after this win our neighbour fans will agree that lanka is the better team now!!

  • on July 27, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    India should be looking for a new captain. Dhoni has lost respect of his team mates. They view all his team selection decisions with skepticism. There is bias involved in it. Sehwag has been the worst fielder in the Indian side so far. He dropped two sitters in the slip so far in two matches and with him putting on weight he does not even look like an Athlete anymore. He often converts "2" into "1". In my view India's weak links are Sehwag and Dhoni.