Sri Lanka v India, 4th ODI, Colombo

Sri Lanka strive to keep series alive

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July 30, 2012

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Match facts

Tuesday, July 31
Start time 1430 (0900 GMT)

Irfan Pathan takes a break during a training session, Colombo, July 30, 2012
Irfan Pathan played a crucial role in India taking the series lead © AFP

Big Picture

India's win on Saturday has left Sri Lanka needing to win both remaining matches if they are to take the series. None of the players involved in the series had made their ODI debuts when India last lost a bilateral series in Sri Lanka - that was way back in 1997, when Sanath Jayasuriya and Aravinda de Silva were at the peak of their powers.

India's successful chase of 287 was the sort of result which would have been extremely unlikely on the pre-World Cup Premadasa track where batting under lights was a challenge. On Saturday, on a pitch with little in it for the bowlers, both sides showed off some high-class one-day batting. Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, as they have done countless times before, revived the Sri Lankan innings with unhurried ease, knocking the singles around. That set the stage for Angelo Mathews and Jeevan Mendis to explode at the end, as India leaked 97 in the final ten. For India, it was Gautam Gambhir who top scored with a controlled innings of 102, where he highlighted his nifty footwork against both pace and spin, before Suresh Raina extended a rewarding recent ODI run, with this third half-century in five innings.

The run-fest raised questions about the strength of both sides' bowling. The spearheads, Zaheer Khan and Lasith Malinga, did their job, but the support seamers rarely threatened and the spinners could, at best, contain the runs. Isuru Udana hasn't been an adequate replacement for the injured Nuwan Kulasekara, and India's gamble on Ashok Dinda didn't pay off either.

Form guide

Sri Lanka LWLWW (Completed games, most recent first)

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Jeevan Mendis took 5 for 76 in the last two ODIs he played in 2011 before he dropped off Sri Lanka's one-day plans, perhaps because he failed with the bat. Given another chance in the final ODI against Pakistan last month, he stepped up with a tight spell, and also a steady 19 towards the end of a tight chase. He boosted his case for a longer run in the side, with a hard-hitting 45 on Saturday, which justified his promotion over the in-form Thisara Perera.

India's death bowling has long been a problem area. In the third ODI, Zaheer bowled eight of his overs in the first two Powerplays, leaving Irfan Pathan and Dinda to finish out the innings. With the strategy of using two fast bowlers to end the innings not working for India, perhaps it is time they used R Ashwin at the death.

Team news

There have already been plenty of headlines about Rohit Sharma's prolonged lean spell, and his golden duck on Saturday is likely to have opened the door for Manoj Tiwary. Legspinner Rahul Sharma did well enough to merit another chance, but Dinda didn't, which could mean that Umesh Yadav will return.

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

Sangakkara's finger injury means he will miss only his second ODI in more than two years. The only other one he sat out was a one-dayer against Scotland in 2011. He could be replaced by Lahiru Thirimanne, with Dinesh Chandimal stepping in as wicketkeeper. Udana could be left out after two underwhelming matches, with Nuwan Pradeep as his replacement.

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

Stats and trivia

  • If Gautam Gambhir scores 11 or more on Tuesday, he will become the second quickest Indian to reach 5000 ODI runs.
  • Lasith Malinga is four wickets short of 200 ODI scalps. He is on track to become the fifth fastest bowler to reach the milestone, and easily the fastest Sri Lankan.


"We had a plan to score four to five hundreds as individual batsmen and we have done it twice. Virat [Kohli] and Gautam [Gambhir] scored hundreds, Viru (Virender Sehwag) fell short but, our goal is yet to be reached."
Suresh Raina says the batsmen are chipping in, but the task ahead is to close out the series.

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Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 18:04 GMT)

Striving is no good... lankans need to do better than that to save the series..

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 10:28 GMT)

Still Rohit Sharma? This is called as lady luck and i think Rohit Sharma is blessed to have a captain like Dhoni. Its always there with Dhoni it was RP Singh first and now its Rohit Sharma.

Posted by Bigizzy on (July 31, 2012, 10:01 GMT)

@woodhaven24 - Sachin has 33 hundreds (out of 49) which have resulted in India winning. This is more number of 100's in wins than any other player in the history of the game. The next highest is Sanath Jayasuriya (25 hundreds in wins) and Ricky Ponting (24 Hundreds in wins). Link to the stats is given below;filter=advanced;orderby=runs;result=1;runsmin1=100;runsval1=runs;template=results;type=batting

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (July 31, 2012, 9:55 GMT)

@chathuradil. Proved again and again! where? SL beat India in CB series Austraia?? SL is not good enough for India in Green either!

Posted by Bigizzy on (July 31, 2012, 9:51 GMT)

@Narbavi - You are wrong. Bevan's average in ODI's which Aus won is 65.24 at a strikerate of 75.65 Dhoni's average in ODI's which Ind won is 76.52 at a strikerate of 96.38

See the below link for details.;filter=advanced;orderby=runs;player_involve=2167;player_involve=7593;result=1;template=results;type=batting

Posted by RamIndie on (July 31, 2012, 9:34 GMT)

@Venki_indian: I meant Rahane has not reached a level to be compared with Sehwag. Sehwag can be dropped depnding if his performance dips. Note that Just two matches before he has almost scored a century. What about other Indian players performance in recent OZ, England tours? That way you would agree that even Captain is not upto mark there should have been new 11 players.

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 8:38 GMT)

My dear friend @Mayank Pahuja. You are talking about Rahul Dravids argeegate avg. I am talking about that Aussie series where we lost badly at Mumbai and in second test we were suffering with follow on at Kolkata. In Mumbai Rahul scored 14 & 39. At Kolkata in first inning Rahul was clean bowled on full toss ball of Shane Warn. After that 3 failures crticks started talking about Rahul's ability. I have all the recordings as well as blogs. But we relied on Rahul and now we are saluting Rahul Dravid about what you mentioned over 50 average. But here we are not talking about any player like Rahul Dravid. We are talking about players like Rohit Sharmas. We relied players like Dravid, Sachin, Sehwag that is why only we are enjoying them today. Why cant we apply same to Rohit ? 80 ODI he played not only with the help of any God fathe but only with his tallent. When are agreed about his ability then we must rely on him. Rohit is not my any peronal relative. As an Indian only this is my view.

Posted by Venki_indian on (July 31, 2012, 8:29 GMT)

@RamIndie , If Comparsions made with Experiences and extraordinary things they made in the past no one could replace sachin,sourav, Dravid etc.. Scoring a 1 double century(against Windies) andone century (against Bangladesh in WC) in 20-30 matches wont help the team. Sehwag should be dropped

Posted by warneneverchuck on (July 31, 2012, 7:45 GMT)

Someone said SL good on green tracks must be joking. I remember only India used to give some competition to Aus in last 10 years but they also lost to us in last series

Posted by satish619chandar on (July 31, 2012, 7:13 GMT)

@KURUWITA : On flat track, your bowlers are not even upto mark of Indians.. They just need grass and conditions to pick wickets.. With such a green track bowlers, how can SL compete in ODI where the pitch generally WILL be flat(Even in England and Australia)..

Posted by martin000 on (July 31, 2012, 7:01 GMT)

Bevan, Dhoni and klusener are the best finishers the game had ever seen.. they're really great in their respective era and it is really unfair to compare their abilities.. Bevan is one of those rare friendly aussie player who doesn't get involved much in sledging..

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 6:59 GMT)

if india won this series they will reach top in ranking list.. i hope they will do dat.. all d best india.. keep rocking... i love gouthi's performance

Posted by Temuzin on (July 31, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

@ Babagorof, I am not trolling. Here is a comp between Bevan and Dhoni both career wise and also in the winning cause. The stats are available on status guru. Now you see this and let me know in what area Bevan is better than Dhoni. Look at the average and strike rate, look at the centuries and number of fours and sixes etc. And Dhoni is way better than Bevan in winning cause. Only difference I see is bevan has played more matches and therefore slightly higher number of runs. By the time Dhoni will play that many matches he will surpass that total too.

Over all comps:

M I NO Runs High Ave SR Cen HC 4 6 Catch MS Dhoni: 209 187 53 6850 183* 51.11 88.11 7 45 523 138 196 MJ Bevan:232 196 67 6912 108* 53.58 74.16 6 46 450 21 69

Winning cause: MSD: 117 102 45 4383 183* 76.89 97.27 6 28 341 100 MGB: 155 122 53 4502 107 65.24 75.65 5 32 303 16

Posted by g.narsimha on (July 31, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

BATMAN -111- childis coment its not bad selection , agree that india is better team , if its once or two times ok we can say bad selection or some thing else but it happened in 08- 3-2, in 09 4-1 , in 2010 , asia cup , wc cup, aus, dhaaka , all over the cricketing world , we have been winning against u r team now dont forget u r playing in u r own back yard , & won in all formets against pak recently .

Posted by sum_06 on (July 31, 2012, 6:33 GMT)


Posted by chathuradil on (July 31, 2012, 6:31 GMT)

If it is a flat track once again in RPS, surely India gonna win the game. Kholi and the rest are masters in the world on flatty surfaces. They are unstoppable there. So this time pitch would be bit greeny. Then itz SLns once again, proven again and again they are good on green.

Posted by RamIndie on (July 31, 2012, 6:30 GMT)

@Venki_indian, Should not the stats and experience of players be verified to open discussion on Sehwag vs Rahane ? So far Rahane has not done anything significant as that of Sehwag to cement his place in playing XI. Sehwag may be ordinary player but has achieved extra ordinary feats which includes a double century in one day and triple centuries in tests. So far Rahane has been pretty ordinary in the 10+ one day opportunities provided. I do not think it would be fair and right comparisons. But that said Rohit could be replaced by Rahane to give him more opportunities.

Posted by g.narsimha on (July 31, 2012, 6:22 GMT)

SAUL TAKER - wow how many world class players PAK produced in recent past the present lot of pacers are even worse than ours , we all seen in sl , few wins in uae with the help of spinner friendly pitches doesnt mean great what about sl loss to india in aus , in asia cup lost all matches , had it been india i believe people like u might have rubbished our team but see sl & pak fans, they are always behind their team , yaa i agree with u r aurgument that talented players like RAHne, tiwari are being EGNORED , that can be atriutted to our arrogence captain.

Posted by ranuk on (July 31, 2012, 6:04 GMT)

No matter who is playing and how many runs are getting scored, India will win the series as planned.Apperently this series was planned to boost the moral among Indian players ahead of 20-20 World Cup as they have not won a series outside India after WC 2011.

Posted by guest12345678910 on (July 31, 2012, 5:49 GMT)

should win this one !! i think u should bring rahane

Posted by P.D.DESAI on (July 31, 2012, 5:48 GMT)

@bobagorof- Plz explain how 2282 is greater than 2750. Reference: Your comment -"and scored more runs (2282) from his 81 innings than Dhoni (2750 from 81 innings, 3040 from 91 at present)". Better strike rate. More runs. What more do u need? Plus, Dhoni has additional responsibilities of Keeping wickets & Captaining. So Bevan can't even come near Dhoni - the player. As for a finisher its close. DHONI IS PHENOMENAL.

Posted by Narbavi on (July 31, 2012, 5:43 GMT)

@Sinhaya: Everytime doesn't mean 10 out of 10, in this case it means 7 out of 10 times we have beaten lanka, its a fact, when was the last time lanka won a bilateral series against india? u lose to us when we play in australia, u lost to us when we play in india and you again lose to us when we play in lanka too, isn't that the true fact??

Posted by MathewsAdelaide on (July 31, 2012, 5:36 GMT)


Posted by veerakannadiga on (July 31, 2012, 5:32 GMT)

no not Tiwary. at best he is ordinary. Rahane in playing XI please.

Posted by Venki_indian on (July 31, 2012, 5:17 GMT)

Everyone discussing about Rohit vs Towary, why not Sehwag vs Rahane? Sehwag is super ordinary player, Rahane should replace him.

Posted by Venki_indian on (July 31, 2012, 5:15 GMT)

@kprashant1 Keep Dreaming, he should have been dropped, luckily he scored 90 runs with 2 lifes and he will not play for next 25 matches

Posted by hnlns on (July 31, 2012, 5:01 GMT)

Leave out Sehwag and Rohit and bring in Rahane and Tiwary, they represent exciting talent for the future and have done enough in the recent past to merit consideration. Give them their due and show the courage to drop the more established, struggling seniors.

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 4:14 GMT)

my cash is on rohit today... coz if not today .. itz sometimes never for him !! but on the other side ... evn gambhir had a big break ... only after which he became the gambhir we see now !!...also Remember dhoni gave a 4th chance to kohli in the australia test series despite loud voices against him ... dint it work ! So ! WAIT N SEE !

Posted by chaitanya1219 on (July 31, 2012, 4:00 GMT)

TEAM INDIA responded awesomely aftr dere second ODI debacle batting has been our strength and probably we have one of da best batting lineups in da world and third odi is evident we need 2 sort out our death bowling issues and seal dis series here itself well SANGA'S loss is a big blow he is one of da best batters in da world and he has been consistent performer and has played crucial role in lankan victories so now it wud be interesting 2 c how lankans respond 2 loss of dere PREMIER batsman.......

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (July 31, 2012, 3:57 GMT)

I do not think Lahiru is good enough. We need KAPU to bat at No 3 so that he can show his skills in FLAT PITCH as he is one of the FLAT PITCH KINGS in SL team. (Of course INDIA got all batsmen, FLAT PITCH KINGS)

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 3:31 GMT)

I think Sri Lanka can beat india. Last ODI was a lucky win for india. 80% of boundries came at the death was edges. Sri Lankan bowlers also ball much fuller to indian. I think Nuwan Pradeep will ball good length and shor of a good length against indian batsmans where they always find problems. Win in 4th odi will help to a series win because pallakele is more seaming pitch than premadasa where 5th odi is held. Ball bouncers to upset gambir,shewag,raina,dhoni. They always have problems with short length balls.

Posted by Ameeega on (July 31, 2012, 2:59 GMT)

IMO the third game was a prime example of 'never give up' attitude of both sides. Indians were conveniently cruising by 35th over until Malinga did the breakthrough. Then Indians overcame the loosing cause with some brilliant comeback of Raina. I am pretty sure that even people like Sonia Jones were watching the match while eating their words. As nilankaraja mentioned "They must be intelligent enough not to underestimate SL" for sure, sense correct to me coz, MSD came in at No4, taking the game seriously (which would have been severely criticized if India lost the match). My gut feeling is it would be SL day considering the oscillations of both performance and luck. Good luck both teams. Btw, where does this Beven thing comes to the discussion from?

Posted by satish619chandar on (July 31, 2012, 2:44 GMT)

Remove Rohit, Bring in Tiwary.. Though Rahane is in decent form, Gambhir as a opener is in good form and let us not disturb him.. Bring in Tiwary and keep rest of them same.. SL, i expect Thirimanne in for Sanga and bat at 6..

Posted by bobagorof on (July 31, 2012, 2:41 GMT)

@cricketsunami: I'm not sure if you're trolling of if you actually believe what you wrote, but in either case you're wrong. Dhoni is a great ODI batsman, no doubt, averaging 51 in chases (at a strike rate of 82). Bevan, however, averaged 56 while chasing (at a slower strike rate of 67, in days of generally slower scoring). Bevan scored 3 hundreds in chases, to Dhoni's 2, and scored more runs (2282) from his 81 innings than Dhoni (2750 from 81 innings, 3040 from 91 at present). So I'm not sure by which criteria you're claiming he's 'far superior', as he's not as good (but still phenomenal) in the one you've mentioned (ie batting average) or 2 of 3 others.

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 2:40 GMT)

I like to see thirimanna operning with dilshan today, send in tharanga at no 3. seem tharanga is a bit inconsistant in the early overs.

Hope to see a Sri Lanka win - insha allah :)

Posted by satish619chandar on (July 31, 2012, 2:28 GMT)

@woodhaven24 : Bevan looks better than Dhoni.. Where Dhoni scores more than Bevan is, he can score 50 off 26 balls whereas, Bevan can't.. Bevan is more reliable and better batter as he won matches with likes of Lee, Warne and Bichel but if you have tail of that standard, even Dhoni might do it.. As of match winning performances, Dhoni is on par with anyone who had played ODI cricket..

Posted by golgoal on (July 31, 2012, 1:34 GMT)

@woodhaven24 Bevan mostly played crucial innings in Aus conditions only. In other conditions he was just an accumulator. Dhoni has actually played great innings in crucial games like world cup finals - that's under much more pressure. And don't forget that Dhoni is India's captain - so he plays every game with 10000 times more pressure on him than Bevan ever did.

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 1:19 GMT)

Bevan is highly rated like Indian team... we already see what Indians are in ENGLAND and AUSTRALIA...

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (July 31, 2012, 0:37 GMT)

Manoj Tiwary will be playing i feel. Because this match will be a decider and playing out of form Rohit will be a huge risk. Indian team management knows this. And if Umesh is taken in this match ;then it will be tough ask for Umesh to contain Srilankan batsmen; but if he has improved from his experiences then he can bag 2-3 wickets on this track easily. Srilanka is under pressure, so this is match where India need to use this condition to attack Srilanka. Should attack Srilanka and should be posting around 330 score on board if bats first or if bowled first, the score should be restricted below 250. Should take wickets in middle overs. Rahul and Ashwin are doing god job, they can complement each other well. Now , fiedling..India need to improve it's ground fielding and avoid some overthrows and also stop bowling extras like wides and no-balls.

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 0:14 GMT)

i wish sachithra senanayake tom instead of isuru udane but i think nuwan pradeep will be replaced for isuru udane.nuwan pradeep is a one of the worst bowlerin srilanka but sachithra senanayeka is a good arm spinner and he got ability to improve his skills in future not only but also he is a good batsman and good fielder...i wish him to play tom and wish srilanka to win the match...........................

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 0:04 GMT)

@woodhaven24 , Here is stats for successful chases in neutral or away matches[Qual-25 innnings]. BTW, Sachin's AVG is 56+, which is great[with SR 93].;filter=advanced;home_or_away=2;home_or_away=3;innings_number=2; orderby=batting_average;qualmin1=25;qualval1=innings;result=1;template=results;type=batting

Also I don't want to compare them Bevan & Dhoni, since they belong to different ODI era. For me both are good. And Dhoni did most of the successful chases in away matches.

Posted by Temuzin on (July 30, 2012, 23:55 GMT)

Wow there is something about this Nohit Sharma that a few jokers still want him to be in the playing eleven. This is amazing. So Nohit Sharma is not only best in the nets but he is also best in a few minds who want him to be part of the team no matter what happens. Simply amazing. I heard Nohit Sharma has made a triple century in the nets, so he deserves to be in the playing

Posted by Temuzin on (July 30, 2012, 23:43 GMT)

Bevan was seriously over rated. Dhoni is far superior than bevan any day. His average in chases are phenomenal.

Posted by nilb on (July 30, 2012, 23:04 GMT)

@ Rathan-Santhavath Wasn't it a miracle for you before, if SL wins the second match? But in the end it ended up in a throughout thrashing? Please, if the Indian team does actually underestimate the Lankan team like you do we will be in for funny result. But I don't think they are like you. They must be intelligent enough not to underestimate SL. It's fans like you and your media who put too much pressure on your team. Because if they don't they end up being humiliated. Remember what happened to Tendulkar? All the two games India won, SL gave a good fight. I agree India is a strong team in SL conditions, but SL will give a good fight. Good luck Sri Lanka.

Posted by woodhaven on (July 30, 2012, 22:53 GMT)

How many match sachin won with his century? Bevan and dhoni comparison is like comparing lara with monoj probhakor. Bevan is genius of genius

Posted by dheerajshetty on (July 30, 2012, 22:45 GMT)

Without Sangakkara SL are gonna loose this one easily.

Posted by Hardy1 on (July 30, 2012, 22:32 GMT)

I too would prefer to see Rahane opening instead of Sehwag, who 219 aside has been in woeful form for a long time now, in both tests & odi's. The guy's technique, temperament & fielding is just not there & a youngster like Rahane with great averages, sound technique and good fielding capabilities deserves a chance.

As for Sri Lanka, without Sanga it's gonna be difficult for them, although their middle order always seem to hit the Indian bowlers out of the park so who knows, Sanga's injury could even be a blessing in disguise...unlikely though.

Posted by Hardy1 on (July 30, 2012, 22:24 GMT)

I can't see Rohit being dropped in this series.

Posted by vrn59 on (July 30, 2012, 22:07 GMT)

Rohit Sharma should be given free passage for the rest of this series... If he still fails, then we can look at Manoj Tiwary against New Zealand. I feel that Rohit has the temperament to be a Test player though, and would like to see him in the Test side soon.

Posted by Rathan-S on (July 30, 2012, 21:10 GMT)

It will be a miracle if SL pullout this match. But hopefully India can easily win this series.

Posted by bigdhonifan on (July 30, 2012, 20:39 GMT)

Dhoni or Bevan.... Its MSD 100 times better than Bevan... Bevan is over rated played in a strong team!!!

Posted by sumit176 on (July 30, 2012, 20:01 GMT)

@jindal,l well i have confirmed it from various sources that my stats are correct,,,dhoni's average was 104.89 after adelaide odi against lanka(which was tied) his avg around 106...

Posted by   on (July 30, 2012, 19:39 GMT)

@TheGame666able That's the average in successful run chases as the list was displayed on the sports channel showing the match, so does not include wins when team batting first and bevan is not even in top 10 dhoni is right at top with 105 as you said, became a bit less after last match though, lol.

Posted by Nampally on (July 30, 2012, 19:38 GMT)

The present squad has 3 candidates for #4 batsmen- Rohit Sharma, Tiwary & Rahane. Rohit failed in all 3 ODI's. His problem has been poor discipline & defects in his defence.He should be rested to work on both. India has good top 3 in Sehwag, Gambhir & Kohli. They also have good finishers in Raina & Dhoni but lack a sheet anchor at #4. Best #4 - C.Pujara- is not even in the squad. Tiwary & Rahane have been benched when they should have been playing. Finally it looks like Tiwary may replace Rohit for ODI #4 - if MSD decides!.It is sad to see Rahane, Tiwary & Rahul being wasted on bench(each 20 games) even when they deserved a chance.India still lacks bowlers in death overs. At the moment 2 most experienced guys are ZAK & Ashwin. Munaf Patel is another likely guy but not in the squad. Each time a squad is selected there are gaping holes in them. Why can't the Selectors choose a squad with no missing Needs? Huge hole exists @ #4 spot+@ death overs! There is no second W/K in the squad!.

Posted by Lovedegame on (July 30, 2012, 19:25 GMT)

India will this one and loose the last

Posted by i_am on (July 30, 2012, 19:11 GMT)

tomorrow match will be played in nets and NOHIT oops ROHIT will score triple century alone lol

Posted by   on (July 30, 2012, 18:52 GMT)

srilankans are going to win todAY's match

Posted by TheGame666able on (July 30, 2012, 18:33 GMT)

@Narbavi Lol the irony of that statement.I think Bevan averages in the 60's while M.S Dhoni averages a staggering 105!Dhoni is actually far ahead of any other player in this regard.

Posted by CRKS on (July 30, 2012, 18:22 GMT)

@Jindal Priyank..yes you can compare using cricinfo's statsguru..Bevan in matches won (155) batting avg 65.24, Runs 4502..Dhoni in matches won(117) batting avg 76.89, Runs 4383.

Posted by   on (July 30, 2012, 18:13 GMT)

my feelings are saying that sri lanka is going to keep series alive.....:p

Posted by Natesan333 on (July 30, 2012, 17:59 GMT)

@wonderstar1 Buddy enough of this BD bashing. You post this same thing in every article, regardless of whether it is about Bangladesh or not. First off I am an Indian fan, but BD is improving and it will take them a while to be with the big boys, but this type of snide remarks helps no one. If you can't give them construcitve criticism then please don't post anything. Thank you.

Posted by   on (July 30, 2012, 17:58 GMT)

@Narbavi- Kindly check the statistics before making predetermined remarks. Dhoni averages 76.52 in 114 matches that India has won, which is significantly higher compared to Bevan's 65.24 in 155 matches Australia has won. If you take only the successful chases - Dhoni's average is a whooping 101.40 which is nearly double that of Bevan (56.40)

Posted by   on (July 30, 2012, 17:53 GMT)

@ Anand Palwankar What? Still there are jokers who believe Rohit needs to be backed more? And what did you say that dravid was a flop till that Australia series? haha.. I would suggest you to go and check statsguru and check. And this tells me why you want to back Rohit Sharma, its because you have no knowledge for the game of cricket. Till that Australian series Dravid had an average of above 50 and he justified his talent from the word go. Rohit on the other hand is a flop. His two hundreds have come against weak opponents. Even Venugopal has more talent than Rohit Sharma.

Posted by SoulTaker on (July 30, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

SL are producing some wonderful allrounders which is what keeping them on the game in most of the matches...Pak is producing some world class bowlers and what our Ind team is producing? guess what...gud 4 nothing players like Rohit Sharma...hate to see gud players like Rahane and Tiwary are getting wasted because of this so called talented player....

Posted by Nnskrish on (July 30, 2012, 17:30 GMT)

@Narbavi u r mistaken bro nd Jindal Priyank here is the link;filter=advanced;orderby=batting_average;result=1;template=results;type=batting Dhoni avearages 76.89 with strikerate of 97.27 in 102 innings nd scored 4383 runs in matches INDIA won whereas bevan avearages 65.24 with a strikerate of 75.65 in 122 innings nd scored 4502 runs in matches australia won clearly Dhoni comes out on top Kohli is also there at the top so is Amla among current batsmen Dhoni is clearly the finest finisher nd wicket keeper in ODI cricket..

Posted by kprashant1 on (July 30, 2012, 17:28 GMT)

i bet on sehwag century tommorrow....................

Posted by hy2934 on (July 30, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

@Narbavi @Jindal Priyank: I just did a quick statsguru comparison for MJ Bevan and MS Dhoni. Criteria was the matches when their team won batting second (to compare their averages while chasing and winning). Bevan's avg: 79 ; Dhoni's avg: 101.0

@Narbavi: Please try to check the stats before you ridicule somebody's genuine question. I know one's gut feeling might say Bevan because in that era he was easily the best finisher. But stats say something else. This doesnt mean Dhoni is better finisher or vice versa, but just some stats thrown at you.

Have a good day!

Posted by Sinhaya on (July 30, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

@Narbavi, India has not beaten Sri Lanka everytime. We have beaten India twice this year in ODIs. One game has also ended in a tie so you are wrong. If you say India have beaten Sri Lanka everytime, then how come Sri Lanka have beaten India 51 times in ODIs? Await your reply on that.

Posted by   on (July 30, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

Give a chance to both Rahane and Tiwary.. Shewag,Gambheer,Kohli,Rahane,Dhoni,Raina,Tiwari,Irfan,Aswin,Zaheer,Yadav

Posted by Sinhaya on (July 30, 2012, 17:23 GMT)

@Jindal Priyank you are among the Indian fans I truly respect and your views are simply amazing and yet again I fully salute you.

Posted by sumit176 on (July 30, 2012, 17:19 GMT)

@jindal...i have read somewhere..dhoni averages 106.45 in india's successful chases while bevan=86.25....(minimum 25 odis)..clarke(89.20)and michael hussey(83.87)are other 2 aussies in top 10 list

Posted by   on (July 30, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

@Jindal priyank dhoni avearages in 102 innings 76.89 @ strikerate 97.27 in matches india won with 45 notouts whereas Bevan avearages in 122 innings 65.24 @strikerate 75.65 in matches aus won with 53 notouts....Dhoni is clearly an awesome ODI player the best finisher ever wow even I am surprised !! here is the link;filter=advanced;orderby=batting_average;result=1;template=results;type=batting

Posted by Sports4Youth on (July 30, 2012, 17:03 GMT)

Sidhartha Ravindran has written about so many players in this artilcle as to whether Umesh or Dinda should accupy the 3rd seamers spot and whether Rahul will retain the second spinners spot and that Rohit Sharma should be replaced by Manoj Tiwari. But i think he should have said a few words about the 2nd seamer who was not in the original squad & got in only as a replacement for the injured Vinay Kumar, yes IRFAN PATHAN had done resonably well in Australia and yet could not find a place in the team is surprising. Also what surprises me is that when he does get into the team he shares the new ball with Zaheer. I think he has done reasonably well with the bat and with the ball. He has surely made a case for a decent opportunity. And he surely solves india's cronic problem of a genuine all-rounder at no.7.

Posted by Prem2248 on (July 30, 2012, 16:51 GMT)

Due to incompetency of jokers of last 2&1/2 decades every National team of SL has been filled with majority average players, nobody knows why some players were being included. If somebody feels class players like Samaraweera, Amla, and Trotts are not good enough to play as front-liners in all forms of the Game, then we have to regard him as unqualified to hold a post as a selector. The most fans are not aware of the fact, that all top grade batsmen of SL of last 25years such as Roy Dias, Madugalle, Mahanama, Thilakerathne, and Attapaattu have been forced to retire earlier than they should have been. The Jokers of that period have always preferred and had a great liking for reckless hitters. Apart from one or two who had all-round skills many a brilliant Schoolboy Cricketers who have excelled purely as batters or bowlers during this period weren't able to taste international Cricket. Pls note that the game of Cricket in SL is deteriorating and deteriorating very fast at the moment.

Posted by Narbavi on (July 30, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

@Jindal Priyank: No, but i don't think you need it to know the answer, if you had followed cricket closely over the last 15yrs, then by now you would be knowing that Bevan's average in games which Aus won would be more than what our captain MSD has stacked up in matches that India won!!

Posted by   on (July 30, 2012, 16:15 GMT)

Rahane should be give a chance in place of Sehwag. Poor batting, poor fielding, poor running between the wickets and "talking too much" is Sehwag's fame these days. Look at him how he regularly turns "two's", into "One's"

Posted by   on (July 30, 2012, 16:07 GMT)

Can anyone tell me how to compare the stats of two players / teams and all those comparisons you guys do on statsguru. For example :- I want to know, Does Bevan average more than Dhoni in games he won for Australia than what Dhoni did for India. How to checkout this. Please Reply if you know.

Posted by   on (July 30, 2012, 15:43 GMT)

About India: Irfan has been a positive for us in this series so far and I hope he continues to be. His decent form with ball (and bat too)has not raised the question of 5th bowler, though India still leaking too many runs in death overs, I think nothing much can be done here. Umesh or Dinda - Doesn't matter who plays, they both are proving to be expensive but as Umesh is Quick, I would select him over Dinda. In batting dept., sword is on Rohit's neck. May be we might get to see Tiwary in 2mrw's match. Lets wait and watch. Good Luck to both teams. Looking forward to the match.

Posted by wonderstar1 on (July 30, 2012, 15:43 GMT)

time to drop both nohit sharma and Sehwag. looks like Sehwag can only score runs against very ordinary Bangladesh which has all the low profile players in the world.

Posted by   on (July 30, 2012, 15:36 GMT)

About SL: Would be interesting to see who replaces Sanga. I have watched Thirimane bat, although he can't match Sanga but he is ideal replacement for him considering his defensive style of batting and I really hope Thisira Perera gets promotion in batting order, he is in good form and should bat for at least 15 overs. His batting talent is being wasted by sending him @ No. 8. Also, Chandimial impresses me, He needs to imply himself first and then go for cross bat shots. Once he gets set, He plays big and attacking innings. Also, Dilshan can't afford to play too many rash shots considering Sanga will not be there to control innings in case wickets fall quickly.

Posted by   on (July 30, 2012, 15:36 GMT)

Manoj Tiwary should be given a chance in replace of Rohit Sharma.

Posted by   on (July 30, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

My gut feeling says Ind will win this match and SL will win 5th ODI.

Posted by Htc-Android on (July 30, 2012, 15:15 GMT)

thirimanne should bat at no3. chandimal no4. mahela no5. in this way middle order becomes solid. also thirimanne is capable of batting long innings. pls remoove tharanga he is been incosistent. give a chance to dimuth. im really expecing something big from dilshan and chandimal. thats the only way sri lanka can score more than 300.

Posted by   on (July 30, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

It's now open and shut case for Rohit, Manoj needs to be played and persisted with. Umesh Yadav should open Indian bowling attack. With his pace and swing he can make life difficult for batsmen. Give this match more than 100% and win and probably they can then try their bench in next game.

Posted by Batman111 on (July 30, 2012, 14:53 GMT)

Wrong team selection cost the game for SL.. Why on earth have to include I. Udana on the playing XI when quality fast bowlers are there in the bag like D.Fernando, F. Maharoof, N. Pradeep etc. Hope I.

Posted by 07SAN on (July 30, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

Rohit Sharma has all the shots in the book the world knows it.But this ability isn't justified when you forget you are representing billions of Indians.Time to make Rohit realize the value of an Indian cap.

Posted by Yasassri on (July 30, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

opportunity can be given to Angelo Mathews at the top order.

Posted by   on (July 30, 2012, 14:35 GMT)

We want Rohit to be in final 11. Bad patch can come in anyone's life. But if Rohit goes out of team now it will be a big etback for him as far as his confidence concerns. I know many fans will disagree this my statement. Naturally everyone has their own idols like Tiwary, Rahane, Pujara etc.....But if we want Rohit to be serve for India for long time, he shoul be there. Against Malinga, Mathews etc he is not playing for the first time and not in Sri Lanka too. It is just a bad patch which he can overcome after only playing more and more cricket. Just Raina had against WI in India, Sehwag, Sachin etc. Even Dravid. Remenber that historic test against Aussie at Kolkata. Till that inning Dravid was totally flop against Warn & Mcgrath. But even after heavy critics we rely on him and alogwith Laxman he created histry. I am not against Tiwary or Rahane. But I think only one good inning what Rohit needs to come again on track. He is in tremendus pressure right now. Needs just moral support.

Posted by   on (July 30, 2012, 14:33 GMT)

Well done India..... India will won again,,,,,,

Posted by   on (July 30, 2012, 14:31 GMT)

Without sanga !! No way !!!!!!!

Posted by Narbavi on (July 30, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

got to appreciate the lankan fans, i mean, come on, despite getting beaten every time by India, they still have something to say, they still try as much as they can to prove their team is better!!

Posted by cskfangg on (July 30, 2012, 14:20 GMT)

Playing XI: Sehwag,Gambhir,Kohli,Rahane,Raina,Dhoni,Irfan,Ashwin,zaheer,yadav,R.sharma Rahane is the next big thing after kohli..please give him more matches.. Its quite Questionable that gambhir hails Rohit as 'the most talented' in indian team..really?..I cant see a player of so & so caliber, can play rash shots at the beginning of their innings and gets out cheaply 4 out of 5 times.

Posted by MENDIS_Forever on (July 30, 2012, 14:19 GMT)

Best of luck to Malinga and Gambhir to reach those personal milestones on tuesday.I'm sure Gambhir will get there.But not sure about Malinga as he is abysmal against India.

Posted by   on (July 30, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

@Siddarth Ravindran Not to worry Siddarth, the men in blue will put an end to lankan strive by winning this match.

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