Sri Lanka v India, 4th ODI, Colombo

Kohli and Raina lead India to series win

The Report by Siddhartha Talya

July 31, 2012

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India 255 for 4 (Kohli 128*, Raina 58*) beat Sri Lanka 251 for 8 (Tharanga 51, Tiwary 4-61) by six wickets
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Manoj Tiwary finished with four wickets, Sri Lanka v India, 4th ODI, Colombo, July 31, 2012
Manoj Tiwary claimed his best List A figures - 4 for 61 - to help set up India's comfortable victory © AFP
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Virat Kohli was once again the architect of a successful Indian chase, one that clinched the ODI series for India - they took an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match competition. Kohli anchored India's response to 251, and was helped along by Suresh Raina, who struck his third half-century of the series, each of which came in an India win. Both had their moments of fortune, just when Sri Lanka had fought their way back, but once set, they approached the target confidently, never allowing the required-rate to go above six and often being imperious in their shot-making. A game that promised to be close at one point eventually produced a comprehensive winner.

Sri Lanka had edged ahead when Manoj Tiwary was trapped in front trying to sweep Jeevan Mendis to make it 109 for 4. Kohli had survived a run-out chance when on 19 and after he lost Tiwary, it was Raina who went through some jitters. An appeal for caught-behind was turned down when on 2, a run-out was missed when he was on 19 and Mahela Jayawardene dropped a sitter at slip two balls later. Kohli then survived a close shout for lbw while on 77, and was put down after his century - though, by then, India's task was all but complete. Sri Lanka's fielding, though occasionally impressive, was below-par for the bulk of the game - they leaked at least 11 runs in overthrows.

Those lapses could have been decisive but were rare incidents of discomfort for the two batsmen. On a track favourably disposed to batting, such moments of anxiety were easy to put behind, as both Kohli and Raina drove assuredly through the line, used their feet well against spin and found it easy to step up and go over the top when a victory seemed within striking distance. Kohli played the supporting role when Virender Sehwag was going strong, was an equal contributor in a rebuilding stand with Tiwary and took the lead in the company of Raina. The transition from one role to the other was seamless.

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  • India won their third consecutive bilateral series in Sri Lanka. Their last loss in a bilateral series in Sri Lanka came in 1997, when they lost 3-0.Since 2006, India have gone on to win all five bilateral series against Sri Lanka (home and away).
  • The six-wicket win is MS Dhoni's 22nd against Sri Lanka in 38 matches. He goes past Imran Khan on the list of captains with the most ODI wins against Sri Lanka.
  • Virat Kohli's century is his eighth in chases and 13th overall. It is also his fifth century against Sri Lanka. Among India batsmen, only Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir have more centuries against Sri Lanka.
  • Only Tendulkar (14 centuries) has more hundreds than Kohli has (13) before turning 24. Chris Gayle is a distant third with nine centuries.
  • Kohli's average of 61.02 is the best among batsmen who have scored 1000-plus runs in chases in ODIs. He is already joint-sixth on the list of batsmen with the most centuries in ODI chases.
  • The 146-run stand between Kohli and Suresh Raina is the third-highest fifth-wicket stand for India against Sri Lanka. The highest fifth-wicket stand of 223 between Mohammad Azharuddin and Ajay Jadeja also came at the R Premadasa stadium.
  • The partnership run-rate of 7.82 during the stand is the second-highest for a fifth-wicket stand (100-plus partnerships) and the seventh-highest overall for India against Sri Lanka. The same pair holds the record for the best run-rate (13.09), which came during their 120-run stand in Hobart earlier this year.

Kohli began his innings with an audacious pull off Lasith Malinga but in a partnership of 49 with Tiwary, after India were 60 for 3, struck just one boundary. Both ran well between the wickets, pressing for twos with the field spread out and Tiwary appeared to be in the groove, flicking a couple of fours through the leg side. His first batting stint this series was preceded by the loss of Sehwag and Rohit Sharma in quick succession. Sehwag, after appearing set for a long knock, was caught smartly at extra cover off a leading edge and Rohit, nervous from the outset and fighting for his place in the XI, was lbw when playing across to debutant seamer Nuwan Pradeep. The umpire's call to double-check for a no-ball only prolonged his anxiety, but he knew soon he'd fluffed another chance.

Raina was shaky to begin with but a generous dose of length deliveries gave him several opportunities to free up. After being dropped, he gradually settled in by picking off singles as Kohli was becoming increasingly dominant at the other end and eventually, in the batting Powerplay, accelerated with a sliced boundary over point off Pradeep before dispatching him for a straight six. At the start of that over, India needed 78 off 14 overs. After Raina had kick-started India's race to the finish, Kohli made the rest of the innings a one-man show.

With the fielding restrictions still on, Kohli entered the nineties, smacking Thisara Perera over midwicket, followed by a six over the sightscreen. He reached his 13th ODI century with a pull off Malinga before thrashing Rangana Herath to different parts of the ground for four fours in an over to all but seal the game. Extra cover, square leg and deep midwicket were his preferred scoring areas, the bowlers having no answers against his powerful, and skilful, wristwork.

Though Sri Lanka finished on a high in their innings, they would, presumably, have fallen short of their desired score after choosing to bat. India's decision to leave out a frontline bowler in Rahul Sharma - instead of the struggling Rohit - to make way for Tiwary raised eyebrows but, as it turned out, Tiwary played a crucial role in restricting the hosts.

Dinesh Chandimal was going along fluently but his knock was cut short when he swung a Tiwary long hop straight to deep square leg. The innings began to stagnate when Jayawardene miscued a sweep off Sehwag shortly after and India's part-timers proved so effective that Zaheer Khan, their best bowler, bowled just six overs. Angelo Mathews consumed 32 deliveries for his 14 before holing out, Mendis was bowled playing the reverse-sweep and Perera was caught in the deep - all off Tiwary. This slide undermined an opening stand of 91 between Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga, and India's non-regular bowlers picked up five wickets in 22 overs, conceding 112. Tiwary was an unlikely bowling hero for India; the stars with the bat had already built a solid reputation.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s PP1 PP2 PP3 Last 10 overs NB/Wides
Sri Lanka 171 17 4 45-0 35-1 (16-20) 22-1 (21-25) 66-4 0/13
India 132 24 3 52-2 31-0 (16-20) 55-0 (36-40) 28-0 (42.2) 2/6

Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Sinhaya on (August 3, 2012, 0:26 GMT)

@praveen4honestremark, balls pitching outside off can be given LBW as long as the ball hits the pads in line. So Kohli got a big reprieve due to an umpiring howler along with Raina I am afraid. Had DRS been there, we would have been the winners.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2012, 23:15 GMT)

All bowlers have poor record against Ind and all batsmen have great record against Ind bcz Indian batting is the world's best and Indian bowling is world's worst.............There is false perception that the pitches on which India play are batting friendly but the fact is that on the same pitches the avg scores in Indian matches are 50 runs per inning higher compared to non Indian team matches.

Posted by serious-am-i on (August 2, 2012, 20:10 GMT)

come on cricinfo team close this comments box, this article has done its course, other than bashing nothing is happening over here.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2012, 18:08 GMT)

Sri Lankan middle order shown poor batting display at last few games.but there were no changes.poor captaincy.

Posted by Sinhaya on (August 2, 2012, 16:24 GMT)

@Last_ride, yes SA are the most consistent side lately. You all have not lost an away test series since you all last toured Sri Lanka in 2006. Looking forward to you all coming to Sri Lanka in July next year as per the ICC FTP. I know 4 out of our 5 test wins against SA have been at home and that the last time you all came to our shores, we won 2-0 but next year will not be like 2006 as SA are far more improved.

Posted by cricfan100 on (August 2, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

@Nampally, It is true that the ball pitched outside off stump. no arguements there. But the impact was in the line of middle stump not in the line of leg stump.see the replay. And the ball was rising, point taken. But to say there was six feet from the stumps to the position of impact is ridiculus. Because the batsman was on the backfoot and well within the batting crease and the ball hit him in the backfoot . So how on earth, the distance between batting crease to the stumps being 4 feet, could there be 6 feet altogether for the ball to travel. And according to hawk eye the ball was not clipping the top of leg it was hitting the top of leg. May be you better watch the replay again.

Posted by bravetigersmustwin on (August 2, 2012, 13:54 GMT)

@Mahanama. I understand tht u r really frustrated after srilanka suffering terrible defeat. Dont expect too much from your team when they are playing against india. Its really tough task for the lankans to win india.. Yeah india was defeated badly in the second ODI but look at the come back man.... they have won the series in ur home ground. Indians have responded in the own way for that defeat. Thats what makes us champions. and i also see that lankan cricketer still didnt recover from their world cup defeat. Srilanka perforning in foreign is different task. First let them perform in their own soil. But i appreciate your confidence level (though insane) to speak as if it was Srilanka who won the series

Posted by   on (August 2, 2012, 13:43 GMT)

Mahaanama, Indian Bowlers with weakest bowling gave 320 runs , what abt srilanka then? boasting of kula , mala and others? had full 50 overs been bowled, India would have scored over 500 against your bowlers, which shows, Lanka has the weakest bowling unit of all Discussion closed for ever dont speak of murali and vaas, Learn from Carribeans who NEVER Ev er rant of Dominating opposition when They were strong

Posted by   on (August 2, 2012, 13:04 GMT)

i told d lankans.........once u bleed and ind smells...........den nthng can stop them

Posted by Mahaanama on (August 2, 2012, 12:27 GMT)

@Eat_sleep_play_cricket: Dude I'm surprised by your comments. Why are you still talking about India chasing 321 runs in 37 overs. The reason why Indians had to chase down such a big target was SL still managed to put 321 runs though they lost the match. Don't you remember SL chased down Indian total in just 19.5 overs few days ago ? lol. In terms of number of balls remaining the most shameful defeat in ODI history is India losing to SL when 209 balls still remaining. SL did far better than India outside the home soil last year. Yes we were allout for 43 runs in the 1st match in SA but still managed to beat SA in 2 ODIs & SL could have even won the ODI series as they had the edge by the time rain arrived in the 3rd ODI. SL also beat SA in SA in the 2nd test. SL also defeated Australia in Australia several times last year. SL didn't do as bad as India in England though rain interrupted some matches. SL have never lost 8 consecutive away tests since SL got test status.

Posted by Last_ride on (August 2, 2012, 12:04 GMT)

Poor srilankan fans what ever you keep ranting nothing is working.I am not an Indian fan but even i can tell by looking at the facts India has given srilanka a proper hammering every now and then.Me as a Saffer.Can proudly tell we are the best touring side.I can also point out to Indian fans we have played briillantly there.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2012, 10:40 GMT)

Srilankans saying"Had sanath, sanga,murali, vaas,aravinda were there, we would have easily Won and thrashed India" is like West Indies saying "We would have Won 90% of Matches has Sir Vivian Richards, Alvin Kalicharan, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Brian Lara, Shivnarine Chandrapaul,Malcom Marshall, Michael Holding, Andy Roberts, Garfield Sobers, Clive Loyd,Derrick Murray, Lary Gomes, Curtly Ambrose, Courtney Walsh, Joel Garner All Playing together" Lol lankans, dont Crib and Cricinfo, Please Post this comment

Posted by   on (August 2, 2012, 10:35 GMT)

Cricinfo: These are Your stats, so please Educate the lankan fans- Even during Late 90's in Triseries involving India and Srilanka, SL seldom Dominated India 1. Singer Akai Nidahas Cup - India Srilanka Newzealand Winner India H2H Stats: P 4 Ind 2 SL 1 Abandoned 1 This was in their Home ground when they were called World Champions 2. Coco Cola Champions Trophy: India Zimbabwe and srilanka, uff, sl came a poor third losing all 4 games including to minnows Zimbabwe while carrying the tag "World Champions" Really World Champions they are !!! Between India Won this Title 3. pepsi Cup in India: India Pakistan, Srilanka SL as world champions again Couldnt reach the finals although they were World Champions

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Posted by   on (August 2, 2012, 9:57 GMT)

The saying "Catches win matches" have to be instilled in the SL players at all times. It was also an object lesson in Batting by the Indian middle order as compared to the helter skelter attitude of the Sri lankan batsmen.Congrats India for a fine allround performance and series win.We hope that the Sri lankans will learn from their mistakes and perform to expected levels in the future.

Posted by FM97 on (August 2, 2012, 9:51 GMT)

@steveridley,English_Cricket_fan & Jonathan(whatever ur stupid name is)and other glory-hunting "BARMY ARMY" fans please stay out of cricket which doesn't appeal to you. Looks like the English always want to put down India (Its been happening since the 18th century in every field :( ). Learn from Pakistani,West Indian,Kiwi and Protea fans not to poke your head and put comments in articles not related to your country's series. Its a known fact that your team will lose the Test no.1 and one-day no.1 ranking easily by the end of the year and England won't even defend their T20 WC title (Coz they don't know how to play on flat tracks. LOL ;)

Posted by   on (August 2, 2012, 9:26 GMT)

To Cricinfo, Please Publish my comment though this One is really Harsh on lankans. Best Bowling figures for An Opposition Bowler: 5 wickets for 1 run for Fast Bowler Courtney Walsh on a flat placid wicket at sharjah against the Greats Aravinda De Silva, Arjuna Ranatunga (Actually they are legends)

Posted by Narbavi on (August 2, 2012, 8:25 GMT)

@Dasith Sean Wijesiriwardena : you said u beat south africa in south africa but u lost that series but we drew against them in south africa in jan 2011, if not for kallis we would won the third test too instead of a draw, u can check it here on cricinfo if you want, fine and u said your team has done better in england and australia, really funny isn't it?? your team is yet to win a test match on aussie soil then how? and your team is yet to win a test series in england, whereas we have done both!!

Posted by kirankumar55 on (August 2, 2012, 7:54 GMT)

Sri Lankans are always afraid of with indian batting line up anyways congrats INDIA . ...

Posted by superstar100 on (August 2, 2012, 6:46 GMT)

sri lankans dont blame umpires we also seen that pak lost 1 test match due to poor decisions and at that time you are not taking about DRS !!!! it was poor game by lions !!!

Posted by enok on (August 2, 2012, 6:30 GMT)

Kasun@Rock- First I Congrats to India. But I think there is some consolidates of match bestowal.(not a Sri Lank an Cricket's - Cricket Board ) Because, there in huge of money problem. If India canit play the green track why sri lanka prepare the brown pitch? . If kettarama can't prepare the green pitch why there not playing more matches in kandy? SLCB must give for priorities for win to matches. This is big hassle. & othe thing pls give more chance to amateurs. ( Banuka,anjelo perea etc) I think president want to concern sri lankan future cricket. Other wise we down to Zimbabwe. I assure If sri lankan cricket have not any out side problems they can rise to No one in ranking of any format.

Posted by Dwarak84 on (August 2, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

For all the SL and IND fans...Please see the statistics b/w SL and IND since last 4 years(ODI)

ODI

2012 - India In Srilanka - 3-1(4) Asia Cup 2012 - Winner Pakistan, SL defeated by all the three tems. Asia Cup, Jun 2010 (Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka)Winner India Sri Lanka Triangular Series, Aug 2010 (India, New Zealand, Sri Lanka)Winner Sri Lanka Sri Lanka in India ODI Series, Dec 2009Result India 3-1 (5) Compaq Cup, Sep 2009 (India, New Zealand, Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka)Winner India India in Sri Lanka ODI Series, Jan-Feb 2009Result India 4-1 (5) Asia Cup, Jun-Jul 2008 (Bangladesh, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, UAE in Pakistan) India in Sri Lanka ODI Series, Aug 2008Result India 3-2 (5) Commonwealth Bank Series, Feb-Mar 2008 (Australia, India, Sri Lanka in Australia)Winner India

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (August 2, 2012, 6:17 GMT)

@Mahaanama...and what ur great SL team achieved in the same 'ages' :P. Lost all matches - thats all.

Posted by DINESHCC on (August 2, 2012, 6:02 GMT)

COOL2COOL: Exactly, the same comments was in my mind also.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2012, 5:59 GMT)

@NP_NY are you forgetting non bilateral series or matches in foreign countries? I forgot that indian batsman only perform once in a blue moon in those. Every side has up and down periods. Do you remember the beatings you guys used to get in late nineties and early 2000 period. All out for 52 in sharjah? That was a bit embarrasing wasn't it. Specially when you call the opposition weak and still lose by 250 runs in an ODI. Your team's weakness is pace and bounce and we don't have the bowlers to expose it. That's not an excuse but a fact. That's why your batsmen do well in sub continent conditios. In these conditios your current batting is better than us. But our batsmen adpot better to foreign conditios than yours and our bowling is better. We did a lot better than you in England and Australia. We even beat the best Test team in the world (SA) in their own country in a Test. So this young team is doing very well. While you have sub continent specialists we have a more all round team.

Posted by Sugath on (August 2, 2012, 5:35 GMT)

I think there is more to it on Sri Lanka team performance than what meets the eye. While the long run without a break is a reason, the major factor is not that. It is about conditioning the mind. All physical actions have mind as the conditioner and are mind made. classical example was Pradeep taking the first wicket. He started bowling well up to that time but afterwards faded away. The reason being that he had grasped it and allowed his mind to to be over reactive and the result he lost control. It is here the captain must step in, calm the mind of the new boy and tell him there is a long road ahead and to have just one pointed concentration ans make sure that he is in control. The other matter is sending Thisara late ans as it was there were not many overs left. had he been sent earlier before Mendis he would have destroyed Indian attack. I cannot believe that Thisara with his build and stamina and ability to hit the ball out of the ground being sent so late.

Posted by kripscric on (August 2, 2012, 4:58 GMT)

OMG.... How many more chances you will give for ROHIT SHARMA.., I can hear indian commentators say 'HE IS SUCH A TALENT' everytime he walks into the cricket field.... Dont they understand that its International professional cricket & all are non-talented people except Rohit.... He is such a blunder i wont pick him JUST FOR HIS ATTITUDE & HIS REACTIONS, not even the street cricket we play.

Posted by g.narsimha on (August 2, 2012, 4:56 GMT)

The rigidity ,arrogance of our captain DHINI is cousing irreprebable damages to our team INDIA , by percisting with ROHIT , HE IS NOT ONLY making teams batting weak by playing an out of form player ,he is also spoiling the youngester carriar as he is at present low on confodent , it may take considerable time to recover from from these nightmares ,the apropriate way for ROHIT to regain his confident, form is to play in domestic, INDIA A team in some foriegn countries , but by percisting with him the captain, it seems only boosting his personel ego , as resources in bench strenght particularly in batting is not a problem for us , as RAHANE is far better choice , the same rigidity of our captain in playing 11 in ENG AUS lead our humiliaton , as he percisted with USE LESS KUMAARS & reapited failures in those tours .

Posted by Narbavi on (August 2, 2012, 4:55 GMT)

@Mahaanama: Just one question to you!! Where were you when pakistan lost the test series to you a month back because of bad umpiring decisions against them? atleast in our case it was just one or two decisions which does happen in cricket, but in the case of pakistan u know what happened don't you?

Posted by g.narsimha on (August 2, 2012, 4:34 GMT)

I am not at all exited on this series win, apart from silencing some die hard india haters nothing to gain ,the 8-0 humiation in ENG, AUS is haunting ,it is not easy to erase from our memory ,even our team manages to win home series later against ENG, AUS it will not be enough to substanciate those humiliations , that was the worse ever out side performance by an indian team ,the irony is the team is not a that low inferior as result shows ,gone to eng with no-i tag ,but performance wise worse pathetic cant find words to discribe ,even club levei teams from india might have performed better, till india proves its worthinenss in those places by winning handsomly, i am not the one to give credit to this team even one % on its sub continental wins irrespective of its opponents , MR DHONI & CO the 8-0 is a blaot on u r face it can only be erased by winning out side india , till than u will be branded as home tiger , at present an other team ENG is competing with us in this categery

Posted by QingdaoXI on (August 2, 2012, 3:50 GMT)

continue........ and sehwag and gambhir should work on there technique for next round of foreign series if they dont work they will flatter agian, i know sehwag will hit atleast 3 daady hunderds and and may be a quick match winnings innings in 4th Innings 2-3 time dduring this time but he should be able to genearte same score on foreign soil too, than only he will be called a great batsmen at the end of his test carrier. Rohitshould get the chance for 2 test series vs NZ becuase we will come to know how he builts his test innings if he fails in that too, send him back to domestic cricket for year or two and play him in more a tours. Rahen and Pujara should play becuase we will come to know who handles better pressure and score runs than one of them could play vs Eng. Sehwag will return vs eng so one will sit out. Zaheer shoulbe rested for big season over ahead vs ENg, pak and AUS. Dhoni, Gambhir, Kohli and Tendulkar should play all matches.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (August 2, 2012, 3:38 GMT)

Ok we have win the series and have to play one more, match give chance to reserve players in this match. Now its time to think about the test series vs New Zealand at the end of this month, in this test India should test more New Blood as they will get the experience of test match before they are called as replacement for any vs England and Australia series. Test Team vs New Zealand: Gambhir, Rahane, Pujara, Tendulkar, Rohit, Kohli, Dhoni, Ashwin, Aaroon, Yadav, Ojha. If aaroon is unfit than awana or Shami Ahmed. Laxman needs to think about his carrier his carrier is already over if he prolongs and retires at the end of Australia series it will be huge loss for India as Youngsters will debut in Foreign series, becuase first youngsters should get chance to debut in subcontinet series as they will get some runs ehhind them and most important is confidence. continue

Posted by Yasassri on (August 2, 2012, 3:21 GMT)

Mahela need a break and to reconstruct the his future in ODI. Batting at no. 5 to 7, Arjuna and Arnold got best batting averages for Sri Lanka. Mahala's batting average is 25. Batting at no. 1 to 3, his batting average is 40 , it is even better than 'Sangakkara'!.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (August 2, 2012, 3:04 GMT)

@ Mahaanama on (August 02 2012, 00:29 AM GMT).. Thank you so much brother for giving us a series win. If you feel Srilanka team loosing is a help you are doing us then keep doing it always. We will grab that opportunity with 2 hands. Kind of you.

Posted by Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on (August 2, 2012, 2:56 GMT)

@Mahaanama : Yes dude! You are correct.. here are some of the facts of LANKA outside your own territory hope this helps you remember some of your teams achievements a) 43 all out in south Africa b) Failing to defend 321 when your neighbor successfully chased it in 37.2 overs c) White washed by three teams in one Asia cup LOL! There are many more stats but this is to tell you what happen in last 12 months!

Posted by maddy20 on (August 2, 2012, 2:28 GMT)

I have expected this ranting regarding Raina. What did you do when you got a chance at 19? You fluffed a sitter and let him score a 50. Its not like SLC could afford DRS anyway. So why all the fuss about it?

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (August 2, 2012, 0:57 GMT)

@cricfan100 on (August 01 2012, 17:32 PM GMT)..Nampally's answer is more explanatory to you. Read it. Now, if it looks to you as if that i am denying facts then you are mistaken.And anyways thank you ; i will come up with more appropriate explanation on an issue so that it just never looks as deception to you.Thank you :)

Posted by Mahaanama on (August 2, 2012, 0:29 GMT)

Allowing Indians to achieve something outside their home soil for the first time in ages means SL are doing a favor for their neighbours here. After loosing consecutive series with big thrashes and knockouts throughout the last year (in England, Australia and also Asia cup) this series win might give India a feeling like a drop of water in the desert though they already know they are still not out of the desert.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (August 2, 2012, 0:09 GMT)

@cricfan100 on (August 01 2012, 17:32 PM GMT)..Nampally answer is more explanatory to you. Read it. Now, if it looks to you as if that i am denying facts then you are mistaken.And anyways thank you ; i will come up with more appropriate explanation on an issue so that it just never looks as deception to you.Thank you.

Posted by Ra_Thore on (August 1, 2012, 22:53 GMT)

We can't rule that there was a flat pitch advantage for either side because there were lot of unexpected swings from last over with SL to first 15 overs with Indian innings. Both spells were comparable to any spinning/bouncy tracks outside subcontinent. Although, it may appear to be flukes Rain's contributions, but I feel that he has an unconventional way of angling bat for drives. Kohli is a collective batsman. Early in his innings, Kohli takes his time in judging bowlers' ability and pitches' predictability, and opts for defensive plays with few risks. Once feeling confirmed, he looks for opportunities to hit around with the full use of that conserved energy and hurt almost every bowlers' confidence. There are other class batsmen out there who would do the same, but Kohli is the best at it since his energy levels are different for the bowlers to carry on with later in the innings.

Posted by Ra_Thore on (August 1, 2012, 21:49 GMT)

Thank god! there is no DRS. Otherwise, SL would be white-washed.

Posted by rock.rockyin on (August 1, 2012, 20:58 GMT)

Congrats India... no matter u win or loose always put up a fight! make us happy

Posted by Nampally on (August 1, 2012, 19:35 GMT)

@cricfan100: I watched the game on PC. It appeared from the slow motion replay, the ball pitched just outside the off stump line & hit Kohli in line with the leg stump. The ball was on the rise & over the next 6 feet could have missed the leg stump. Umpire Dharmasena gave the benefit of doubt to the batsmen as he seems to have judged the same way as I did. So The DRS ball trajectory projection(hitting the outside edge of leg stump at the top) is unreliable & flawed, as admitted by the Inventor of DRS, Dr. Taylor. I feel that it was a fair decision by an excellent Umpire who is a Sri Lankan, too. It requires guts to be fair in front of your home country Fans. Hats off to Dharmasena! Yes Umpires are human & do make mistakes sometimes. So the Fans must not over play such close decisions.

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (August 1, 2012, 19:04 GMT)

@Mahaanama: Congrats..u figured out why we oppose DRS...By the way the whole world knows why SL said no to DRS for their series agnst PAK...No $$$$$ to pay. Even though SL is not oppossed to DRS it still cannot use it so bottom line is we did you guys a favor by not opting for DRS as SL board had to pay for it. Yet u want coment abt us Indians opposed to DRS..Further I dont believe I saw ur posts when PAK suffered test series loss due to bad umpiring in SL.

Posted by dicky_boy on (August 1, 2012, 18:27 GMT)

HELLO MAHANAM, DUDE PLEASE NO SOUR GRAPES, WE ARE WORLD CHAMPS HAHA 1.EVEN IF RAINA WAS OUT OR VIRAT WAS OUT, WE HAD THREE BATSMEN WAITING LOL,remember last game 2.raina was not out , even with drs benefit of doubt to batsmen 3. VIRAT KOHLI BALL HIT HIM ON THE TOP OF HIS PAD, COMMENTATOR SAID SO AND HAWK EYE WAS TERRIBLE In THIS AND ALSO FOR ROHIT SHARMA IN 3RD ODI ,poor trajectory prediction lol, FIN

Posted by Nampally on (August 1, 2012, 17:54 GMT)

@Mohaanama: Even if both Raina & Kohli were OUT but given not out by an excellent ICC level SL Umpire, India had the best finisher, Dhoni, in the game to follow along with Pathan & Ashwin who both have centuries in the International matches to their credit. Pathan's lifetime ODI & Test batting average is around 35 against attacks far stronger than SL attack. With pretty docile SL bowling on a good batting wicket, it would have been smooth sailing for India.Also, Kohli's appeal was when he was 75 runs - not early in the innings. SL's best chance was to get one of the many missed run outs. 252 is NOT a defendable total on this wicket which was full of runs.SL was lucky to get Gambhir & Sehwag out cheaply. Otherwise these 2 were capable of scoring at least one Century between them.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (August 1, 2012, 17:47 GMT)

All subcontinent teams just don't know how to play except India to certain extent

Posted by siri12345 on (August 1, 2012, 17:38 GMT)

can plz somebody tell me where is ajantha mendis at the moment.is he injured?is he playing any domestic cricket??i mean how can we waste such a talent like ajantha mendis.agreed he lost his form a bit after the start he had in his international career but he should have been taken care of properly.he also did well in wc 2011.i think herath should retire from odi cricket.its not taking our spin department anywhere.we need to groom young spinners having wicket taking abilities.throughout the years we were number 1 in cricket in spin department.but the current crop of spinners we have need to improve a lot and taken care of properly.for ex senanayake did well in aus.why was he dropped afterwards.anyways we need to improve our bowling a lot.i am eagerly waiting to see the 19 year kid handpicked by mahela and coach for the t -20 worldcup.i hope he turns out to be the real solution of our current spin woes.and i think ajantha should also be given a last fair chance

Posted by cricfan100 on (August 1, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

@praveen4honestremark, It seems you have made a mistake here. As Virat kohli is a right handed batsman it dosen't matter wether the ball pitched outside off stump or not, the only thing to consider is wether the impact was in line and the ball hitting the stumps or not. If ball pitched out side legstump then it is a different story altogether, then it can never be given out. so in this case he was clearly out. But umpires do make mistakes and that is part of the game. So get your facts right before commentig. And don't try to deny everything. sometimes you have to accept the thruth.

Posted by Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on (August 1, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

@Mahaanama: Dude DRS did not cost you the series and please dont look at DRS as an excuse. Drop catches cost you the series. Here is a recap : 1st ODI - Dilshan dropping SEHWAG who went to score 96 and India Scored 314, 3rd ODI - Senanayake dropping Raina, who won the match for us, 4th ODI - Mahela dropping Raina, who along with Kohli WON THE SERIES. Basic rule of cricket is "CATCHES WIN MATCHES" and NOT "DRS wins matches".

Posted by 99999ggg44 on (August 1, 2012, 17:24 GMT)

sri lanka is a long suffering team.they are bullied by everyone .flat track bullies- india swing track bullies-england and newzealand.pace track bullies-australia and south africa.even the minnows bangladesh proved a bully for them in the asia cup.lets hope that other associate nations like ireland shouldnt prove themeselves a bully for them

Posted by martin000 on (August 1, 2012, 17:23 GMT)

@AlexPalmer90, is james pattinson ur relative? if we can't perform well in ur pitches, then y did u get whitewashed for 5-0 in england in the so called seamer tracks?? wat happened to ur great bowler james?? is he dead? England is the weakest team in world cricket who plays cricket like a headless chicken if there is some spin from the track. But ur great australian team is getting even worse than tat

Posted by SoulTaker on (August 1, 2012, 17:15 GMT)

@Sonya Jones: Yes ur right Ind team cant bat in fast and bouncy tracks.....vice versa for teams which u said, they cant bat in subcontinent either so it makes all the teams average teams....except SA who are more consistent than others......

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (August 1, 2012, 16:40 GMT)

@Mahaanama on (August 01 2012, 15:11 PM GMT)...DRS issue apart. Kohli was not out as ball was pitching out side line of off stump and coming back to hit the top of leg stump. It was correct decision. So if DRS was there was out because it just counts where ball is hitting but it never counts where ball has pitched. All ball was pitched outside off stump it should not be given out. So it was correct decision and coming to Raina one even if DRS would have been there, still not sure whether it would have given out. It might have given same decision what Umpire given because DRS is incomplete, need R&D more on it. And until you make it complete you need to work with other tools like replays. Dravid was given out LBW in England even there was edge then so DRS failed. When DRS can't prove itself , how to use it?? You may have your own opinion, but an incomplete and inaccurate DRS for India was a boon most of times and we will accept when it can at least prove it can help, instead it's curse.

Posted by Prem2248 on (August 1, 2012, 16:30 GMT)

Removal of Ajantha to make way for henchmen is one of the disastrous mistakes done by the selectors since WC2011. Instead of these henchmen Senanayake & Malinda Pushpakumara; the most consistent spinners in the Domestic scene should be given permanent places in the team. It's a mystery to all ardent fans why tall Senanayake has been prevented from playing (on pitches conducive to spin & bounce) even though Herath could take only 3 wickets in his last 6 ODI innings giving away 208 runs. We can't win matches by containing runs we can do it only by employing few wicket taking bowlers with good strike rates to support Malinga.

Posted by Nampally on (August 1, 2012, 16:14 GMT)

Congrats. to MSD & India for a fine win to take the series. Sometimes we analyse too much with poor results. This time MSD went with non regular bowlers who got the job done more efficiently than specialist bowlers. Tiwary's unheard & untried bowling fetched 4 wkts. whilst the regular spinner Ashwin accounted for just 2. If Dhoni had stopped Tiwary at 8 overs, his figures would have been 23 runs better off!.Tiwary also batted confidently to carry India thru' a tough phase.So Tiwary's selection was just like ONE for 2 Sharmas!. He replaced Rahul in bowling & is a good replacement for Rohit in batting. Kohli as usual was the sheet anchor of batting & Raina once again showed why he is great finisher. Raina played a very responsible innings & gave Kohli justification to open up & launch an attack.It was sad to see Rohit falling apart again.He needs to work on his Defence & Discipline.His angled bat shots are causing his cheap dismisals. Rule#1:He Must play straight bat at balls on the wkt!

Posted by bravetigersmustwin on (August 1, 2012, 16:12 GMT)

Srilanka salvage some pride for your cricket. Losing the series in the home pitch was not bad. But losing to a side which is experimenting with the bench strength is definitely a disgrace. Though im an indian supporter i pity the lankans. And i wonder if srilanka is struggling to the experimentation team, how horrible srilankan would get beaten when Sachin, Yuvi comes in.... Poor Lankans will be thrashed.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2012, 15:45 GMT)

part timers cans bowl 22 overs then why need of so many main bowlers

Posted by Cric_Tic on (August 1, 2012, 15:18 GMT)

in comes RO-HIT... crowd shout..GO-HIT.. oops..there comes NO-HIT

Posted by yohandf1984 on (August 1, 2012, 15:15 GMT)

my first commet for the series . wanted to wait till series is effectively decided (unlike others cried for 5-0 4-1 from the beining) coz we can judge it . well Congrats to India they r deserved winners . their batting was so confident than SL bowling was equal of both side while fielding is average for both . SL need cricketers with big eart who can dream big (like kholi) our new guys just play to get some runs very snail pace which will efeect team total . it was always seen that middle order had to cover lot of ground . Need to search some one to open (with Dilshan) who can maintain 85+ strike rate .Even sanga should be more run hunting in ODI s . Herath is surely not a ODI material . We missed Kle badly tooo . We have to work on such areas to improve and hope SL do well in Worls T20 S

Posted by Mahaanama on (August 1, 2012, 15:11 GMT)

Now it's clear why India don't like DRS. Both Raina & Kohli were out early (Raina's catch that Chandimal took was a clear edge & Kohli was LBW to Pradeep) but given not out by the umpire (though it's SL umpire). The match result could have been totally different if DRS was there. Lack of technology lost SL the match and the series.

Posted by Prem2248 on (August 1, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

If SL has the kind of selectors they have in England ; only Mathews, Chandimal, Thirimanne, Jeewan; (for their Batting)Senanayake&Malinga (for their Bowling) of this present ODI squad will be in a position to find a place in the final XI, because they don't pick reckless batters & half players for their sides.

Posted by golgoal on (August 1, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

@K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R : Ricky Ponting is the Virat Kohli of Australia. Virat OWNS Ricky already.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (August 1, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

We do need improve our batting especially playing in seaming pitches and hard pitches. But we can do it here itself in India the practice in that type of conditions but our BCCI and Indian team never goes there to practice. Dharmashala pitch is good pitch for practice. Seaming conditions there as it is near Himalayas. And the Mohali pitch is also good for hard bounce and swing. Hyderabad Rajiv Gandhi International stadium is good for speed bowlers, swing and seam too. We never see Indian team practice in any of the locations anytime. When ever a tour is to start Indian team practices at Chepauk stadium which is spin, turning but not speed bowlers pitch. 2-3 days training camp there. or some other pitch but only spin, slow track. Dhoni and his men practice there.Helps a lot when some one is touring India or India is touring Srilanka or Pakistan if practices there. But always practicing in slow pitches will it help?? NO.Failure in 2 tours of Eng and Aus is because of that. Even bowling.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

slow batting of Sri Lankans were nice to watch.but not enough to win matches.let them play in Test cricket and call for hard hitters to win matches.there are so many hard hitters in Sri Lanka but always play same xi.that is the reason to lost the series against India.

Posted by Scube on (August 1, 2012, 14:45 GMT)

@Siri12345: Cricinfo states "since 2006, India have gone on to win all five bilateral series against Sri Lanka (home and away)." You've come up with a 4 - 5 stat since 2007! Pls clarify who is incorrect! Also. although Ind & SL are playing each other too often to our liking, managing 9 bilateral series since 2007 is way beyond the (in)capabilities of both our cricket boards!

Posted by rajmal67 on (August 1, 2012, 14:34 GMT)

I agree with most of the comments here. We are a powerhouse in the subcontinent but a pussycat elsewhere. Even in this win kohli and raina had a lot of chances but reaped the gains of butterfingers srilankans. Winning is good I totally agree but winning with a sense of style and class is a whole dimension. Look at the Olympics and Phelps now and the Phelps in 2008 to see the difference. India still has a long way to figure out things. rohit sharma is a class batsman going through a rough patch. My appeal to the selectors, don't give up on him. kohli is good but is never going to be the ponting of India as suggested. raina is excellent, knows his limitations and plays within them. He has replaced yuvraj as our go to man. And what's up with dhoni. MS has not done much for a while which is unusual for him. sehwag is what he is , accept it and move on. He will not change and on his day will destroy any attack. gambhir is the rock of India now. Rajesh

Posted by   on (August 1, 2012, 14:33 GMT)

@siri12345 SL failed in triseries in Eng Natwest 2002, Aus CB series 2007-08 and Asia cup 2008 (and even Zim triseries in Sharjah in 1998, lol)and India made all those triseries finals and WON them. India lost JUST THE FINALS. you call that domination?? BILATERAL SERIES is DIFFERENT and your team are way below par in them.INDIA MADE THOSE TRISERIES FINALS BUT CHOKED UNDER GANGULY. SL NEVER DOMINATED INDIA APART FROM THOSE WINS IN FINALS. Jayasuriya's avg. also came down after 2000, it was good for 3-4 years from 96-00.

Posted by Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on (August 1, 2012, 14:27 GMT)

@All Lanka fans who are saying - the Great LANKA knocked us out of CB series - YOU DID NOT! Australia did. However in Asia cup LANKA knocked us out by losing to BANGLADESH!.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2012, 14:01 GMT)

@Chandrashekhar Sohoni. I fully share your view. We should look at ourselves with more honesty. And have balanced assessments of ourselves and others. If at all we want to progress. False sense of self-worth is the sign post to decadence.

Posted by Sujit88 on (August 1, 2012, 13:58 GMT)

This is very good cricket by Indian team. Indian bowling should have been more consistent. Then they would become the unbeaten cricket team in any kind of competition.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2012, 13:23 GMT)

Well, India has won and that is good. But the bitter fact remains that our batsmen do not have the technique to counter quality fast bowling. If we really want become a world class team (although we won the WC in India), we cannot be so ill-equipped against fast bowling. South Africa, Australia and England have humiliated us from time to time on their own pitches. When they visit subcontinent, they do not appear as bad as we do in their den. Their record in subcontinent (particularly Aussies and Proteas) is quite OK when we compare our record in their countries. And for that matter even New Zealand has pounded us in New Zealand. My personal opinion is that we should stop playing in the subcontinent for some time and play only in Aus, Eng, SA and NZ for a couple of years, if we really wish to evaluate our true position in world cricket.

Posted by Hindh on (August 1, 2012, 13:18 GMT)

@alexpalmer The moment aussies land in india they play like frightened chickens.... IN 1998 tour even Mumbai cricket team defeated Aus team in one of the tour matches. Even a city cricket team is enough to beat australia in India..

Posted by siri12345 on (August 1, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

@maddy actually sometimes counting head to head wins can be quite exaggaretting.it maynot always show the real picture.okk agreed with u with 25/26 win/loss ratio for india between 1996-2007 is never a domination.but u need to count them in number of series win.in that field we have won more series than india during that period of 10 years.also from 2007-2012 although our win/loss ratio against india is 14/25.which indicates india dominated us.but once again if u count the number of series win during these period we have won 4 series against india during these period and india have won 5 against us.so based on series from 2007-2012 the score reads 5-4 which is never ever a domination as u said .cricinfo plz publish.

Posted by Sautrik on (August 1, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

India are playing brilliant cricket....now they need to just switch to football for a few minutes and 'kick' rohit sharma out of the team..

Posted by K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on (August 1, 2012, 12:22 GMT)

Congrats Virat ( Ricky Ponting of India ) on ur 13th century. I hav belief on U that one day U will breaks Sachin's record of highest centuries in ODI. I am eagerly waiting for that day. U r me seconf most fav player after DADA. Bring more laurels for our country through ur bat.

Posted by Akshaythekaxk on (August 1, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

@alex parmer even aus has not won a test in india since 2004!!!! first look at your team. And we lost 8 matches alright, but that does not mean we are the worst. If we play good at flat pitches, then you guys can't play well in flat ones!!

Posted by   on (August 1, 2012, 12:01 GMT)

Good to see the rise of Ashwin as a bowler on whom Dhoni can rely when it comes to taking wickets or slow down the runs flow. He can put pressure on the batsman thereby helping the bowler bowling from other end take the wicket. His economy rate of 4.8 is not a excellent one but one should remember he generally bowls 5 overs in powerplay and 2-3 overs in the last 10 overs.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

Agree, that Kohli batted really well, and sensibly. But if any team give chances (yes, chances, plural) to guys like Kohli & Raina, can they really hope to win? Did India win, or SL lose, in this particular match? Think it over, before we show over over-exuberance.

Posted by vishtej on (August 1, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

Funny how some people claim SL knocked Ind out in the CB series. Head to head record in the CB series for Ind vs SL is Ind 2, SL 1. Now where is the question of SL knocking Ind out? Aus knocked Ind out. That's it. Now that the series is lost, all the SL fans are going into the past and remembering the rare instances of SL beating Ind. Good luck guys.

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (August 1, 2012, 11:32 GMT)

@to those english fans who says ind batsmen are poor in swinging condition.i agree that most of the indianbatsmen are poor in green tops so as ur bowlers who don't have the ability to pick 20 wickets on flat pitches.atleast ind won a test series in england in 2007 but eng never won any test series in india for decades.ur over-rated bowlers like anderson,broad,swann will struggle to get a wicket aginst india in sub-continent.so first look at ur team and then u can bash other teams.eng going to tour ind later this year and i'm sure that they will be thrashed by ind.

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (August 1, 2012, 11:27 GMT)

another day,another match,but same result ind thrashed sl again.sl are worse than bd in sub-continent.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (August 1, 2012, 11:23 GMT)

@AlexPalmer90 on (August 01 2012, 10:55 AM GMT)..Mr Alex Palmer, appreciate your remarks that we should win outside sub-continent, but we did quite well in CB series in 2008 and test match in Perth. And many more famous wins like Adelaide test win in 2002-03. We don't want to relish on past glory. We had tough time , very tough time loosing because our team didn't prepare well, or have it planned well how to play. Even fitness issues so we lost 8-0. When we come there we will win. But Calling ordinary is what for?? Your team when plays in India also looks ordinary. Kids?? Yeah, we were kids playing with you in Kolkata test. If our team should prove as men by winning there. Your team should also come here and win when they tour and become men after they win here.

Posted by Naresh28 on (August 1, 2012, 11:18 GMT)

@alexpalmer90 - No use just only looking at England and Oz tour by India. India did well in SA tour before that. The only problem India faces is their bad bowling unit which makes the team lose more often.

Posted by no.1_multicultural_team on (August 1, 2012, 11:13 GMT)

Flat track is am myth created by and for convinience of green track teams.Fact is so called flat tracks require a different set of skill, a skill higher than batting on green tracks where if you learn to negotiate swing,you are in.On so called flat tracks you need footwork,wristwork,patience to nudge single,and hit very hard to clear the boundries.On green tracks, you negotiate the swing and then thats it,rest is done by the speed of the ball and the track.The fact that Subcontinent players have won more tournaments on green tracks than the green tracks teams have won in india proves that subcontinent batsmen and teams are more skilled.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (August 1, 2012, 11:03 GMT)

@Siddhant Kharel on (August 01 2012, 10:43 AM GMT)..Yes Irfan and Ashwin are all rounders. Both should be given responsibility of batting. 2 All rounders for a team is always a plus point especially in Australia and Newzealand like conditions where 2015 world cup is going to happen. They should be given enough chances and i feel Irfan to be moved to number 4 spot and Ashwin to number 7 in batting line up, You don't need a batsman like Manoj when you already have Irfan with you. Irfan played at #3 during Ganguly-Chappel era too. He don't need so much experience too to play there.

Posted by AlexPalmer90 on (August 1, 2012, 10:55 GMT)

You guys can brag, once you beat a strong team away from home. Do you remember, how your batsman struggled against the likes of James and co in Australia! Most of them couldn't even get to double digits, huh. Playing on flat wickets meaning nothing. Indians set a world record for losing 8 matches in a row and being made to look like kids playing against men. Indian team is ordinary, you can argue against it when you beat us in Australia.

Posted by sumit176 on (August 1, 2012, 10:50 GMT)

@sonya jones,,i can understand that u are still sulking after your quarterfinal loss in world cup....i hope pakistan give your team a sound thrashing in coming matches in uae

Posted by   on (August 1, 2012, 10:44 GMT)

Well played India. People, you need to enjoy sports in the right sprite and not resort to making fun of each other on the net just to get noticed. Furthermore, on the net people can be anonymous, so some people take advantage of this by placing silly comments to stir the pot. But such individuals are narrow minded so it's best to let them be. Support your respective teams and also other Cricket playing nations. Cheers.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2012, 10:43 GMT)

this combination works in ODI and 20 but in a test match India need 5 bowler at least to take 20 opponent wickets. Include ishant sharma as soon as possible if he is not injured. Ishant sharma is most dangerous bowler in indian team after Zaheer khan. 5 best bowlers are 1) Ishant sharma 2) Umesh yadav 3) Irphan pathan 4) Harbhajan singh 5) Ravi chandran Ashwin

Irphan , harbhajan and ashwin can contribute in batting as well lower down the order. I chose irphan and ashwin also because they can conrtibute in batting as well.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (August 1, 2012, 10:39 GMT)

@Sonya Jones. And you got lost all matches against India in the CB series and Asia cup and infact you finished last in the Asiacup. ha ha ha..poor kid trying very hard to poke on India.but forgot own situation!

Posted by csowmi7 on (August 1, 2012, 10:32 GMT)

@serious-am-i India have not lost a single home series in over 8 years not 4. The last time we lost was in 2005 against the great Aussie side 2-1.

Posted by mazii on (August 1, 2012, 10:29 GMT)

India played better cricket than SriLanka and deservedly played like winners. Kohli was exceptional during this series and Dhoni's selection was equally hilarious. SriLanka has to improve their betting and bowling further, if they want to do something out of ordinary. Right now apart from two or three batsmen, they don't have even a modicum of a batsmen. I'm from Pakistan and what amazes me the most is the fact that SriLankan fan's attitude of denial. They have to understand reality and act accordingly, instead of just whining about. India played better cricket than Srilanka, so accept this as a nice gesture. I'm little skeptical about India's invincibility abroad and Kohli hasn't performed drastically well in alien conditions as 11 of his ODI centuries have come in sub-continent. But, no doubt, he is a bright prospect for India's cricketing future. India needs to ameliorate its bowling because their bowlers are pathetic even not ranked as ordinary bowlers.

Posted by serious-am-i on (August 1, 2012, 10:16 GMT)

@stevegridley: your comments are totally uncalled for. You have a dismal record against India in India, don't you brag about ur English side. We saw how well u do in subcontinents, lost 5-0 to India in the ODI series, lost against Pak in the UAE & u r hear to comment lol !! First save your team from losing against SA at ur home turf, we at least have a good record back at home, we haven't lost a test series for over 4 years back home. We finished 3rd in Asia Cup and CB series but we won almost same no.of matches, its no excuse our players failed but hell yeah we boast of a better record than your English side - check out past 10 years record to check who played better in Neutral and Away matches, is it India or is it England. India are in a phase of rebuilding & let me assure u, when Eng come to India they are not going to go any short of losing both ODi and Test Series again - may not be a whitewash but hell yeah its going to be def. a total loss lol!!

Posted by Pissu11 on (August 1, 2012, 10:13 GMT)

wmjustin @ Indian are world champs,what makes you call them 3rd class team. They play for pride and perform and lankans should go habitual of this till now. Virat has done this before against lanka couple of times and India beat lanka in WC Final and also chased big total in 38 ovrs in australia. Indians are World Champs not a 3rd class team.Think before you write

Posted by   on (August 1, 2012, 10:09 GMT)

This lost is a disgrace to Sri Lanka cricket as the host nation.time has come to changes.if Sri Lanka lost to India this way how win the T20 World Cup

Posted by   on (August 1, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

We have won the series but what Rohit Sharma is doing there.and why captain cool is pleased with him to retain him in the final squad without performing.Thank to Virat otherwise Mr Dhoni has no answer to his critics

Posted by shaantanu on (August 1, 2012, 9:57 GMT)

wmjustin: Tsk.tsk....a case of sour grapes i suppose.please vent your frustration somewhere else and not here and make a fool of yourself.Srilankars are a talented bunch of cricketers but somehow they are not getting their act together.Btw losing regularly to a 3rd class team doesnt put your team in great light either......Uaetigers:appreciate your comments buddy.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2012, 9:51 GMT)

@wmjustin: Classic case of grapes are sour. If u categorize India as 3rd class team then wonder in which class will Sri Lanka come 4th, 5th, 6th class may be..... Why dont u take the series result sportingly. Instead of hoping for Sri Lanka to improve u are criticizing Indian team of being 3rd class. Grow up buddy

Posted by Hindh on (August 1, 2012, 9:48 GMT)

@wmjustin Your comment is Most stupid comment ever on cricinfo....

Posted by rahuldravid_mr.cricket on (August 1, 2012, 9:47 GMT)

great win by d indians...showed d world who r d world champs...its good 2 see dhoni showin his trust in irfan rather den backin dat useless jadeja....once yuvi comes bck dis side wud b worth watching...1.sehwag2.gambhir3.kohli.4.yuvraj.5.dhoni.6.raina.7.pathan8.ashwin.9.zaheer10.balaji11.dey cn choose whomsoever....but d real problm starts wen sachin comes in...d ques is whom 2 drop???

Posted by Hindh on (August 1, 2012, 9:43 GMT)

Some of the lankans are on about CB series ,asia cup all the time here coz they have nothing else to say about the sound thrashings they recieve from all the time. @SL fans India are 5 TIME ASIA CUP CHAMPIONS and have won the CB SERIES in 2008 which SL havent. BE GRACIOUS IN DEFEAT @SL fans. you reap what you sow...

Posted by siri12345 on (August 1, 2012, 9:42 GMT)

@sam screaming obviously as sanga said the results between india and srilanka were quite equal in last 3 years.u dont tremember when did srilanka beat u in last 3 years??okk let me remember some of it to u.agreed u beat us in a couple of bilateral series in last 3 years but we have also beaten u in many triseries in last 3 years.three of them were in 2010 itself lol.u can check it in cricinfo.one was idea cup final(where third team was bangladesh),2nd one was at srilanka involving newzealand as the 3rd team(where u guys cried that sehwag couldnot score his 100) and the 3rd one was at zimbabwe.did u forgot how we guys knocked u out from cb series.we really dont care u beat us more times.wat was more important and the bottomline was out of the 3 teams there india was ranked 3 .

Posted by Fijicricket on (August 1, 2012, 9:42 GMT)

Sonyajones- Australia today is NO MATCH for India . Play inOZ or India or on ularu mountain. Apart from Mike Clarke- who is a known guy in Australia at the moment? Can anyone in Australia compare to Kohli? (silly question-Not rocket science!) U R wasting your time commenting on Indian matches. Just let the useless ozzies have a rest from the 5-0 whitewash in England.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2012, 9:39 GMT)

@ UAETigers ... Loved your comment, dude. Straight from heart ! And what amazes us about Pakistan Team is its exceptional bowlers. Earlier it was your fast bowling and now spin bowling.

Posted by g.narsimha on (August 1, 2012, 9:38 GMT)

UAE-TIGERS- Well said brother , these poms , kangaroos cant digest the domination of our teams , i cant under stand what for this arrogance even after white wash by pak in uae , it appears only their wins in their country counts ,

Posted by Gozunder on (August 1, 2012, 9:32 GMT)

India played well, with a bit of luck. Sri Lanka have played well as a team, and have some equally good players for the future in Thisara Pereara, Thirimanne, Jeevan Mendis and some others coming through the ranks. India really needs to find a good bowling combination, and learn to put the ball in the right areas even on dead pitches. I'm not in favour of the new rule for two new balls in ODIs which has hugely affected guys like Zaheer and Malinga who use the reverse on the old ball, even someone like Umesh Yadav can get reserve due to his action. Everything seems to be in favour of T20 cricket these days, I hope tests and ODIs are here to stay!

Posted by QingdaoXI on (August 1, 2012, 9:28 GMT)

If there is a proper rating than India and South Africa are the two dominant side in the world in ODIs and Sri lanka is the dstance third but they are third. But England and Australia are not a good One-Day side Even West Indies is becoming good, Most diaapointing is that Pakistan and New Zealand are not Playing good in ODIs in past 3-4 years, But i still believe if Pakistan plays with right combination they are 4th, Australia 5th, WI 6th, Eng 7th, Ban 8th, NZ 9th, zim 10th and Ireland 11th.In test cricket SA is first by a distance, Aus, Ind, Pak and Eng all are in mix for that 2-5 position, becuase all of them are dominant in home. 6th SL, 7th WI, 8th NZ, 9th Zim and 10th Ban.T-20 Eng no1 rank is big joke. It should be Pakistan or West Indies(But both teams always struggle for right combination in team), India and South Africa ,Plays less number of T-20, Sl can dominate because of there allrounders ,but they need good spinner and than comes Australia and England. This is real truth.

Posted by cskfangg on (August 1, 2012, 9:27 GMT)

@wmjustin: Are you out of your mind, kid ?..may be you lost it because of yesterday match..please grow up to give the comments in a proper way..accept your defeat like a 'man!

Posted by martin000 on (August 1, 2012, 9:25 GMT)

@ wmjustin, u r too late for the discussion kiddo... Go, go to school.. all ur lankan friendz are already running for places to hide... lolz

Posted by renuka440 on (August 1, 2012, 9:22 GMT)

mind ur words wmjustin..india is not a 3rd class team.India is far better than srilanka with players like sehwag,gambhir,kohli,raina,dhoni.I think it is far better than srilankan line-uo

Posted by PPL11 on (August 1, 2012, 9:19 GMT)

@wmjustin: Oh Definately SL should not loose to 3rd Class India team. Not sure how come they loose to india in WC Final, Not sure why they loose in Australia againts india and yeah in Asia Cup??? I wonder sometimes how come they not win series againts india in OWN BACKYARD SINCE 1997??? Oh and still india is 3rd Class team? if yes then mate SL must be 4th Class as rule of Thumb!!!! LOL

Posted by itsankush on (August 1, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

@wmjustin..what do you mean 3rd class team India...If India is 3rd class..then SL should be 4th class...loosing to India all the time

Posted by aryan_ab on (August 1, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

@wmjustin: So it proves that SL is not even a 3rd class team LOL !! Watch your words dude, they may backfire !! LOL

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (August 1, 2012, 9:07 GMT)

I also plead my fellow Indians who are seeing comments of @wmjustin not to respond. They just come and take nonsense and never come back. Just understand if India was 3rd class team then what is Srilanka which never won a bilateral tie from past 15 years. The answer is in itself who said it. Let's not react to that comments. Let's move on...Let's enjoy the 3rd ODI win.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2012, 9:05 GMT)

Indian team is ordinary, and always will be. You can make excuses but we noticed how good your team was in Australia, where our bowlers made you look like kids. Why didn't your so called greats do well? Our team is in transition right now but we still humiliated you. You loose 8 matches in a row, get kicked out of CB and Asia cup and you still talk big. haha. Even Scotland is better than India. 1.2 billion people and you still can't compete in Cricket or other sports.

Posted by maddy20 on (August 1, 2012, 8:59 GMT)

@Siri Between 1997-2007 The win /loss of India vs SL was 25 / 26. Is that what you call domination? No Thrashing the opposition 25 out of 40 times drawing 1 and losing only 14 is what you call domination or rather demolition. The fact that your best bowler who has acheieved great success against other teams was toyed with by a 23-yr kid repeatedly, shows how good we are!

Posted by aryan_ab on (August 1, 2012, 8:58 GMT)

@ siri12345: So all the pre-series talks by SL fans of Lanka being better than India in today's scenario has changed to Lanka being better than India from 1996 to 2007. Awesome,...................... waiting for the next change in your stance. And yes, please dont stop from commenting, you are providing enough tax-free entertainment !! LOL

Posted by wmjustin on (August 1, 2012, 8:55 GMT)

It is not the way that Sri Lanka should perform. Lacking of class of Sri Lankan cricket. loosing for 3rd class team like India is not acceptable to our standard.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (August 1, 2012, 8:54 GMT)

Now ODI series is almost completed, last one being not so important as far as result is concerned. So real problem for Indian team is what will be team combination when Sachin comes again?? Whom should we drop?? If Dhoni was really thinking so much about 2015 world cup and taking Rohit to play in all these matches then if Sachin comes Rohit has to go, or may be Pathan has to go. So is Dhoni really serious on making team for 2015?? Is Sachin serious about 2015 WC or just is he playing as long as he feels so?? So, who is serious about team combination of 2015 ODI team?? And who is serious of test team combination?? Is Dhoni seriously thinking on it?? NO is answer. Then is BCCI thinking?? Is Sachin thinking?? Then who is thinking??? It is only we normal Indian fans are serious and they are just moving on with out strong decisions. Dhoni will not give chance to Rahane and Dhoni will only play Sachin, so is this called taking strong decisions for sake of team?? Compromise formuale we see.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2012, 8:52 GMT)

India/Srilanka the most boring cricket series.. we atleast play 2 series every year..No improvement in other non test playing nations..cricket is in the verge of decline(execpt few top teams.). of course not T20.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2012, 8:49 GMT)

Kohli would have to be one of the most exciting talents in world cricket at the moment.

Posted by Hridoy_77 on (August 1, 2012, 8:48 GMT)

Kohli is a good ODI batsman no doubt, specially in the subcontinent. But he has to prove himself in the test arena and also in England, Australia, South Africa etc. Otherwise he will not be replacement of Great Rahul.

Posted by UAETigers on (August 1, 2012, 8:40 GMT)

I am a Pakistani and I am crazy about my team but I love Cricket as a sports too, I admires all the great and fascinating cricketers serving the game. So please respect all the players coz they brings falir, excitment, style and passion with them. I admire Indian team because of their batting fire power which amazes me every time they can reach any score while chasing and in all matches someone will simply finish the game on his own. If we Asians are labbled as bunny at fast and speey european pitches then these enlishmen (AUS, ENG, SA, NZ) are mare dinner and lucnh for spinners is sub-continent. So it's an equal balance of fast bowling and spinning bunnies :)!! Please admire and love the sport.

Posted by shaantanu on (August 1, 2012, 8:36 GMT)

English and Australians have no business commenting on this post specially after their performances of late.n well said rohit thapa.even nepal would give a good fight to the english in sub continental conditions....LOL.

Posted by TRIN999 on (August 1, 2012, 8:15 GMT)

I am an Indian and obviously a Indian cricket team. I accept we lost 8-0 , but please consider the facts. @ All England Fans to England we were playing with our B teams(definitely our fault for not being match fit),but what have you achieved in the last three Indian tours,the humiliation of (16~1)win in ODIs ,the last win came in way back 2005 or06,atleast we have a test series won in 2007 a trination series in 2002,hope Nasser never forgets.Just wining one series does not make your team a strong one. @ Australlia Fans: Guys you speak a lot ,u have your great Ricky Pointing ,such a successful captain ,yet to win a test match as captain in India , anyway in this life time he cant achieve that,Last time you toured India even you lost 2-0 to test and lost the ODI,so u have just forget or dont try to remember the facts. Yes, I have lot of respect for your greats. Anyway ,your problem is that not only u consider yourself as great teams ,rather consider other as ordinary teams

Posted by Narbavi on (August 1, 2012, 7:47 GMT)

@siri12345: to u and your fellow lankan friends, please take a rest from cricinfo, i know its hard to lose to us all the time, when sanath vaas murali were playing u have beaten us only in your home not in our home and away games, murali played till 2011 world cup and u say u have dominated us more on the overall front, i would suggest u to check stats in cricinfo, india had beaten lanka on more than 70 matches and lanka beat us only 50 times!!

Posted by   on (August 1, 2012, 7:38 GMT)

Dissapoint with srilankan Performance...I dont know what happend to Srilanka..SL Have some talented batsmans and bowlers...but still Sl is losing matches..even their body language,tactics on the field is not so good these days..I hope they come out good next matches..

Posted by karthik666 on (August 1, 2012, 7:34 GMT)

@ siri12345 - u r a comedian ! thanks for the entertainment

Posted by Vijay51982 on (August 1, 2012, 7:34 GMT)

@siri12345- Please read the yesterday commentary by cricinfo. 1.35pm Hello all, game four of Sri Lanka v India coming up. Here's our preview for the game. India haven't lost a bilateral series in Sri Lanka since 1997, and a win today will extend that run. Hope you and your sl fans may keep quite after reading this message.

Posted by chaitanya1219 on (August 1, 2012, 7:30 GMT)

oh yeah we did it yet again the INDIAN BATTING mi8 is just 2 gud for others so congratz MS and boyz for pocketing another series...well now i see many POMS echoing dere voices and are talking abt our debacle recently on dere home soil yeah i accept our defeat but u knw wat u took 15 yrs to beat us at ur home and den ODI series was blessed wid rain changing of overs and D/L helped u and ma points getz some weight coz aftr 2 weeks u were trashed 5-0 by our SECOND STRING team and den u r referring our 8-0 yh point taken but ur already 4-0 folks (3 from pakisthan and 1 frm saffers) so dunn u wry u 2 are following our footsteps come dis DECEMBER and i promise our team will show u HELL and all matches getting completed in 4 dayz

Posted by siri12345 on (August 1, 2012, 7:26 GMT)

@maddy we havenot won a bilateral series since 1997 ok fine.but u check how many bilateral series and how many triseries was played between these 2 teams from 1997 to 2012.the number of triseries played between these 2 teams is almost double of the number of bilateral series played between these two teams in last 15 years .and except for a couple of occasion we have won all the other triseries with india.we won somethink like 5 triseries against india between 1999 to 2005.within these period india only won 1 series against us.and we also won 2 asia cup one in 2004 and one in 2008.so based on last 15 years the conclusion is that srilanka were always ahead of india from 1996 to 2008.its only last 3 to 4 years india somewhat dominated us after the retirement of our greats.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2012, 7:25 GMT)

I have not played Test Cricket nor ODIs for India ( In my time ODIs did not exist ). But I have decent knowledge about the game. So I am unable to understand the logic of Indian Cricket's Brain Trusts in continue to play Rohit Sharma inspite of failures after failure. We keep taliing of bringing transparency in Indian system. So will some one please come clean and explian to the cricket loving people of India what influence Rohit Sharma has to be kept in the playing 11 of Indian team. Any one else would have lost his place many innings back but not The Special Rohit Sharma. Why ? Why ? Look around your local street ( Mohalla) / neighbourhood team ) and you will find players with the same if not better talent than Rohit Sharma. is so special about him that he plays for India without performing ( Unless Zeros are now ccalled performance ) while several others from the India under 17, 19 and 21 keep languishing.

Posted by Rezaul on (August 1, 2012, 7:23 GMT)

Raina was OUT, caught behind when he was on single digit. Had it been given, the outcome of this game could be different.

Posted by dicky_boy on (August 1, 2012, 7:19 GMT)

VEERAKANNIDIGA, WE BEAT BOTH PAK AND SL IN ASIA CUP , WE DESERVED TO BE IN FINAL, WE LOST JUST ONE GAME TO BANGLADESH DUE TO SACHIN SELFISHNESS WE BEAT EVERYPNE IN THE WORLD CUP , WE ARE NOT JUST BETTER WE ARE THE BEST

Posted by Naresh28 on (August 1, 2012, 7:10 GMT)

@steveGridley - keeps mocking Indian batsman. As we said before India has tons of batting talent. Its the bowling which destroys the confidence of our batsman. In England and Australia our team were out on field for almost two days cause the bowling wilted. Batsman then bat are tired and low on confidence. The reason for large scores by Oz and Eng batsman.

Posted by vertical on (August 1, 2012, 6:53 GMT)

@siri12345 Statsguru Jan 1996 -Dec 2007 ODIs Total Ind SriLanka 1996-2007 57 25 26

That is even.Hardly dominating!!And Sri lanka have never won a SINGLE TEST MATCH IN INDIA let alone a series. From Dec 2007-Aug 2012 ODIS Total Ind Srilanka 43 25 15

Posted by maddy20 on (August 1, 2012, 6:46 GMT)

@siri12345 Reaad the Smart stats on this page. It says SL has not won a bilateral series against India in the last 15 years. I may be wrong but cricinfo is always right when it comes to stats!

Posted by ShivramIyer on (August 1, 2012, 6:41 GMT)

Virat Kohli will beat Sachin's record for centuries and runs in at least the ODI formats (because we do not know how many tests will be played in future and whether playing 3 formats plus IPL will permit him to be fit for all test matches). Kohli has got to 13 centuries in only his 86th ODI, whereas Sachin took all of 78 to get to his 1st. I am sure Sachin knows it too well and is secretly planning to raise the bar to the extreme... good luck to him... but Virat Kohli is coming fast (and so is Alister Cook of England)!!!

Posted by   on (August 1, 2012, 6:34 GMT)

Well done India. It's time the selectors figures out which group of players they will take to the upcoming ODI world cup being held in Australia/NZ. Early preparation will be the key, because the playing conditions and everything else will be difficult. So the earlier we plan and find ways to get our players to adjust, the more successful we are likely to be. All the best.

Posted by NIPPY_89 on (August 1, 2012, 6:32 GMT)

@ Ravi Darira. For your information Pakistan just lost both the odi and test series to Sri Lanka. So i guess Sri Lanka is the team to beat :P

Posted by veerakannadiga on (August 1, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

well played India. Pak beat BD in Asia cup. BD beat Ind & SL. SL beat Pak & now India beat SL. Even Stevens. On their day all teams do well. Nobody is better than the other.

Posted by mathewjohn2176 on (August 1, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

Posted by siri12345 on (August 01 2012, 04:32 AM GMT), you need to accept the fact that srilanka never won an odi or test series in india even with jayasurya ,muralidharan and vaas .Srilanka couldn't win bilateral series against India in srilanka (home) since 1997 until now.This clearly says India ahead of srilanka head to head.please accept the fact.Just by bringing old players name doesn't prove anything ,other than the facts,those players failed to win a series or even a test match in india.

Posted by satish619chandar on (August 1, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

@johnathonjosephs : Embarrassingly kicked out of CB series and Asia cup? CB series, we were in frame until the last game and a good game by SL won them the spot.. By no means i would say Asia cup as embarrassment.. India did win two out of 3 and lost out the finals spot on NRR.. Whereas, SL though they were good team in CB series fumbled like anything in the finals of CB series and did you guys win anything in Asia cup? BD fan has the credentials to speak of Asia cup and boast but certainly not SL fan.. Sorry for that..

Posted by Bay-Lagaam on (August 1, 2012, 6:17 GMT)

M a Pakistani.... but Cricket has no nation... hats of to u team india... Specially KOHLI and RAINA... i respect ur class.....

Posted by Alam.Shah on (August 1, 2012, 6:11 GMT)

Kohli has a great talent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (August 1, 2012, 6:06 GMT)

@ Balumekka : Being an Indian fan, I feel SL players need rest badly. It's not that your batting is weak. Sanga, Jaya, Dil, Matthews, Perera, Chadimal, Tharanga - Quite good batting line-up. SL has been playing too much Cricket without any BIG GAP. Players need to be rested so that their body and mind both get fresh.

Posted by drjustinrobert on (August 1, 2012, 5:46 GMT)

KOHLI, RAHANE and RAINA will be the next SACHIN, DRAVID and SAURAV, while KAPIL DEV Paaji will be the next GARY KIRSTEN. NOHIT SHARMA, NO NO; JADEJA NO NO, DUNCAN, GO GO. Kapil paaji should take the coaching or managing helm of Indian cricket as soon as possible & groom truly talented Indian cricketers as all-rounders and pace bowlers. Imagine a team coached by a world cup winning captain Kapil paaji, led by another world cup winning captain Dhoni with the likes of Kohli and Raina forming main cogs in the wheel of Indian team. If Kapil paaji can groom 2-3 excellent all rounders and develops a battery of 3-5 pace bowlers; for a decade India will be the only champions of cricket.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2012, 5:46 GMT)

Common! beating lanka is not a big deal, we beat them every time. We should send our A team to Lanka next time. I am waiting for Ind-Pak clash later this year. Pakistan is the team beat with the great bowling attack they have, even after some top bowlers being unavailable.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2012, 5:40 GMT)

MattyP1979: I am from Nepal and considering the form of Swann, i am sure he will not make it to the Nepali team. Keep you overrated spinner with you. If England plays us in our home ground which is very similar to indian pitches we will beat you.

Posted by chapathishot on (August 1, 2012, 5:38 GMT)

All those talking about DRS is not used because of India should comment on why it was not used in Pakistan Srilanka series .Because SLC cannot afford it.Even if the decision on Kohli LBW was given in favour of Srilanka also (decision by their home umpire) India should have easily won from that point as the bowlers were terrible.What cost Srilanka is not UDRS or Kohli decision but poor fielding may be because of continuous cricket .I also feels that the series was not warranted but for the revenue to SLC and vote for BCCI as both the teams and fans could have got some rest

Posted by guest12345678910 on (August 1, 2012, 5:38 GMT)

raina and kohli did a great job.But we should not also forget sehwag and manoj tiwary and ashwin they were also a part of this awesome win! but one thing sri lanka should improvew alot !! their fielding and bowling was so bad yesterday !1 keep trying mahela and sanga! maybe better luck next time. :P u sl fans thought that u would have defeated us like pakistan.its not possible because in odi format india is world 3 ! and we are not like pakistan team! now we are strong in both batting and bowling

Posted by   on (August 1, 2012, 5:37 GMT)

@ stevegridley: You obviously could not digest India's win. :) The very same England got whitewashed by India 5-0 in India and Pakistan 3-0 (in UAE) in both ODIs and Tests resp.. Remember ? And we all witnessed how SA batsmen made mockery of so called Englsih fast bowlers in your own backyard. Obviously your 'Fast Track Bullies' can't play Spin Bowling as it is an art. At least India wins in sub-continent. What happened to Eng, son ? Such a HUMILIATING DEFEAT in your own backyard against SA ? And World Knows English Team consists of players of different countries. Man at least don't import players !

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (August 1, 2012, 5:28 GMT)

TO ALL SL FANS & ENGLISH FANS . YES INDIA SUFFERED 8-0 IN AUS & ENG BECAUSE OF OUR AGEING BATTING LINE UP , LAZY SLIP FIELDING , BAD BOWLING . INDIAN TEST SIDE IS IN TRANSITION PERIOD THIS TIME & WILL REMAIN FOR ANOTHER 2-3 YEARS . THIS HAPPENS TO EVERY TEAM . LIKE SL HAS BEEN UNABLE TO FIND A PROPER REPLACEMENT FOR MURALI OR VAAS . BUT SAYING INDIA HAS ALWAYS BEEN A FLAT TRACK BULLY IS WRONG , INDIAN TEAM HAS SOME MEMORABLE PERFORMANCES IN OVERSEAS VENUES DURING 2000-2010 . I M QUITE CONFIDENT THAT INDIA WILL ONCE AGAIN DO WELL IN OVERSEAS . VIRAT KOHLI & UMESH YADAV HAS ALREADY SHOWED IT BY A GOOD AUS TOUR .

Posted by VivtheGreatest on (August 1, 2012, 5:03 GMT)

@steve gridley, yeah and we saw how mediocre ur batsmen were when facing spin over here getting hammered 5-0 and how ur so called pace attack was exposed when there was no help from the pitches. Just face it England is the most mediocre no 1 team ever calling India ordinary . Nowadays u cant even win at home. LOL

Posted by Narbavi on (August 1, 2012, 4:59 GMT)

i have one question for all you lankan fans who whine about india not good at overseas, HAVE YOU EVER WON A TEST MATCH IN AUS?? A TEST SERIES IN ENGLAND?? answer is big no, but our team has done it, you have always lost, a team which couldn't even win a test series for 3 long years have no business to talk about a team which was ranked no.1 in tests 12months ago!! TALK NOW!!

Posted by Mr_Anonymous on (August 1, 2012, 4:57 GMT)

Good victory. For the last ODI, would drop Rohit and bring in Rahane. Move Raina to no. 4. Rohit really does a dis-service to his talent and needs to sit out until he gains confidence and drops his casual attitude (maybe Sehwag can help because he is also often accused of being casual in his stroke play even though he has also managed to score 2 triple hundreds and 1 near triple hundred and weather a few "casual attitude" criticisms/storms). Would prefer to have Gambhir/Sehwag continue at the top as its a long season and would like to have these two back in form.

Also maybe rest Zaheer Khan (he can be injury prone and this is just the start of a long season where he is a critical player especially for the upcoming Test Matches) and perhaps bring back Yadav or Rahul Sharma (in which case Dinda/Pathan open as medium pacers).

Posted by SamRoy on (August 1, 2012, 4:51 GMT)

Manoj Tiwary isn't good enough for test cricket. More like Murali Vijay with an additional weakness against spin. Seriously, which Indian batsman in recent memory compulsively wants to sweep every ball the spinner bowls. But may prove to be a fine cricketer in ODI Format with his batting, fielding and part-time leg spin.

Posted by ARJa on (August 1, 2012, 4:51 GMT)

Seriously, I do not understand why we are playing 5 ODIs and 1 T20 for a series. What the heck happened to test cricket. Both these teams are poor in test cricket and have only risen up the rankings thanks to inconsistencies in other teams. Now watching Sri Lanka vs India has become so boring. They play all year every year as if there is no other team around. India will always be on top of Sri Lanka due to the "Mental Submissiveness" of SL team against India. Everyone so what happened in the World Cup final. Can you imagine any one with Malinga and Murali in the team loosing a final after scoring 275. SL are just programmed to loose to India. Everyone time SL win against India, it is just an malfunction in the program. These two teams seriously need to find different nemesis. India Vs Pakistan series please. At least then we won't be bored to death like this.

Posted by Balumekka on (August 1, 2012, 4:39 GMT)

I'm a SL fan, but that doesn't affect me to accept that Indians are playing much better cricket than us. Sri Lankan players have lot to learn from Indians. Specially batting. Sri Lankans showed that they do not have the proper tactics and application when it comes to crucial situations. See how Indian youngsters like Raina and Kohli handle pressure situations. I think Kohli is the best ODI batsman I have seen (even better than AB and Amla), simply because his consistency, aggressive approach and ability to adjust according to the situations. Although he is fairly new to international cricket, the cricket he plays is of a veteran batsman. I don't think any SL fan should blame the fielders for dropped catches or missed run outs. Its simply the irresponsible and weak batting that let the Sri Lankan team down. I think this SL team need psychological support very much. Thanks India for exposing SL's weaknesses, and as a SL fan I hope they will focus in improving the weaknesses soon.

Posted by siri12345 on (August 1, 2012, 4:32 GMT)

@to all the indian fans who keeps on bragging how india used to own srilanka and how its habit of the indian team to beat srilanka u guys need to just refresh ur memory a bit here.remember the days wen we had jayasuriya,vaas ,murali ,aravinda.during those days we used to dominate india like hell.during those days winning against india was like a cakewalk for us.u guys can check it urself.from 1996-2007 except for a 6-1 series loss against india in india and a natwest series loss involving england we guys have won all the other series played between the 2 teams between these 10 years.what jayasuriya has done to india over the years ,even 10 kohlis cant dream of doing that.lol.more importantly india that time had some of the greats like sachin,ganguly,dravid and yet india were our bunnies over that period.its just that after sanath,vaas,murali retired india had somewhat dominated us but not even half like we use to dominate them.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (August 1, 2012, 4:32 GMT)

@all English fans see the record of Our Subcontinent teams 1.India Win CWC-50 Over 1983, 2011, World Championship 1985, T-20 World cup 2007, Champions Trophy 2002(Shared with Sri Lanka) and Runner-up in 2003 World cup. 2. Pakistan Win 1992 50 over World cup, 2009 t-20 world cup and runner-up in World championship 1985, 50 over world cup 1999 and t-20 world cup 2007.3.Sri lanka win 1996 world cup and runners-up of Cwc-50 Over in 2007, 2011 and t-20 world cup 2009. England only Won 1 t-20 world cup and it also because of Pietersen and have lost in finals 3 time last in 1992 vs Pakistan. Since 1983 world cup only once the subcontinent teams have not played in Final its 1987. What have your poms achieved, this all flat track bullies have won outside tooimp thing is in 1985 World championship(Australia and t-20 world cup 2007 (South Africa) they were Subcontinents team playing in finlas whereas all other fast track bullies were coolong there heals in home watching Finals. Ha ha

Posted by sam_screaming on (August 1, 2012, 4:21 GMT)

The result is as per the expectation. I dont understand the statement made by kumar sangakkara that over the last 3 years india and sri lanka have been equal (in results) in IND-SL matches. How? where? when? I dont remember SL beating india over the last 3 years. coming to 4th odi i was surprised by mahela's captaincy. he brought malinga back in the 35th over only as if malinga will only bowl in the powerplay. It was always known that if india can keep wickets in hand they wud win. malinga shud have been given a 2-3 over spell at around 25th over when india still needed 130 odd runs to win. poor captaincy i wud say. i can see a lot of england south africa comments here. i am not interested in them as south africa is gonna beat england black an blue. England should first consider of making a team that has 11 players from england.

Posted by maddy20 on (August 1, 2012, 4:12 GMT)

@MattyP1979 2 innings defeats. Regardless you will lose 4-0 , just like you lost 3-0 to Pak and are about to lose 3-0 or 2-0 at home. You have already lost 5-0 in ODIs and it is just a taste of things to come. Come december, you are in for a full course meal(AKA 4-0 drubbing). With Swann gone there is no hope for you and your fast bowlers will be bunnies on non-seaming wickets. May our batsmen have mercy on your bowlers!

Posted by NP_NY on (August 1, 2012, 4:12 GMT)

@Dasith Sean Wijesiriwardena: "Every side has its ups and downs". Looks like too many "downs" for SL against India Dasith. They haven't won a single bilateral tournament against India in India or Srilanka in over a decade. So you've got to admit there is something else wrong other than India's luck, dropped catches and inside edges.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2012, 4:11 GMT)

Congrats India... Pls drop Rohit for Next match....

Posted by NP_NY on (August 1, 2012, 4:05 GMT)

@MattyP1979: You did lose the last one-day series in India 5-0 and the one before that 6-1. India still has a 43-33 win-loss record against England in one-dayers. As for the test matches the team England beat 4-0 was the India C team, if I may refresh your memory. The only first choice players were Dravid, Kohli and Dhoni. From the Oval test match against SA, we know what England can truly do when they play an international side with first-choice players.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2012, 3:57 GMT)

Tendulkar scored only 11 century before turning 24. So kindly correct your stats.

Posted by RahulPatil89 on (August 1, 2012, 3:56 GMT)

Indian have two strong,dependent pillars like Gambhir and Virat.They are fabulous.They just set up strong platform specially while chasing and obviously Raina seems more mature..With Yuvi I think we will have best match finishers Yuvi,Dhoni,Raina....

Posted by satish619chandar on (August 1, 2012, 3:33 GMT)

A game to be won for SL heavily impacted by bad planning.. Thirimanne was playing mostly in lower middle order and no need to promote him(If Sanga comes, he will be back to middle order or back to dug out). He should have stayed in middle order.. Mathews eating up overs(Precious part time overs for which they took the BPP early).. And, losing 4 to Tiwary is something even Tiwary wouldn't have dreamt of.. Fielding was very poor.. India had a easy game - which went as per the recent script.. One opener out early, Kohli building innings at his own pace, Rohit as usual missing out, middle overs recovery with stable batter and explosive fast finish.. SL need to pick up intensity or prepare a greenish track.. Or even try bowling first..

Posted by bhrangi on (August 1, 2012, 3:26 GMT)

@johnathonjosephs : How long SL fans going to tell that 8-0 defeat., ?? Please take some rest., i know its hard to digest the continous defeat. Btw i felt pity for Mahe and sanga they were always scratching their head with dull face and red eyes, when india defeat them. SL is good team but not against india. India is vulnerable in overseas but not against SL., SL fans talk about IND vs SL., ur not in positions to advise IND fans. LOL

Posted by Ameeega on (August 1, 2012, 3:17 GMT)

I am a SL fan, and 1st congratulate IND for the series win. @praveen4honestremark, thanks for your efforts to make this place nicer to everyone. @ All SL fans questioning why India can only beat SL; if there is such an issue, let them raise it and let them solve it. By questioning that, does it make any good for SL? Try to figure out the matters SL have, just like Tusker17 has done. @Tusker17: Good effort mate. Agree with the most. My two main concerns are; 1) Openers: Tharanga, who cannot cope up with the seamers. Eventually this builds up pressure on the others to follow, while helping opponents to raise their confidence. Dilshan is no more a competitive candidate for the opener's slot. He cannot take the pressure, or release his strokes freely & confidently (similar to Sehwag these days). 2) Middle order: They should know how to squeeze singles. You cannot say Indians were bowling very well. SL even failed to rotate the strike when part timers in operation.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (August 1, 2012, 3:17 GMT)

@Johnathonjosephs & other England fans: You guys fail to understand that India are a 'consistent' ODI side. Please refer to the Oxford dictionary for the meaning of 'consistency'. It means they manage to win every other game regularly. Just like a few days ago when they were beaten by SL. Two consecutive games in a row India managed to win and now have secured the series. They will always be DAMN good in 50 overs cricket. Something which England can never boast of. Sure England have done the same in test cricket which India (outside home) hardly manage to do. So you see, 2 disciplines, 2 strongholds. There is no use of abusing the Indian team and its fans. The facts are there. In the end some English fans are just like some of the Indian ones - stubborn to accept their teams' poor performances when the time comes.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (August 1, 2012, 3:14 GMT)

@MattyP1979 on (August 01 2012, 02:32 AM GMT)....You want to prove to world that England can win at it's home too?? But even that it is a small possibility now against SA. An English man whose team which has just lost so badly a test at home is teaching lessons to Indians how to play??? It's so funny mate :D...You are disqualified to make comments on how to play at home. Sorry, come again next time when England wins at it's home.:) Thank you.

Posted by sumit176 on (August 1, 2012, 3:06 GMT)

@sonya jones...apart from2-3 players no one even knows the name of ur current australian players....lol...@stevedridly its no point arguing with you

Posted by Romenevans on (August 1, 2012, 2:47 GMT)

@Meety - How about pathetic "Public Humiliation In Oval"? You were toyed by Proteas, and wait for Headingly you'll be thrashed there too. Funny poms! LOL 'nuff said!

Posted by Romenevans on (August 1, 2012, 2:44 GMT)

Im tired of watching Mr. Lazy and Sir. Rohit The Super Talented Sharma Ji. This like living in distress for Rahane who has light years better records in Domestic circuit. Feel very said for poor Rahane. :( Rohit you don't deserve what you are getting, say thanks to your Lord Sachin for playing in the team.

Posted by Romenevans on (August 1, 2012, 2:40 GMT)

What does Dhoni mean by saying that "Until we dont find a Perfect all-rounder, we will play 7 batsman"...He wants Dr. Sir Ravindra Jadega (Your Highness)? ROFLMAO!

Posted by   on (August 1, 2012, 2:33 GMT)

Simply majestic performance by our Indian National Team, but I'll still persist with Rohit since he is a class act & all he should plan a strategy to himself that if he's going to face a spinner he has to look for singles & if he's facing pacers (except Mallinga) got to thrash them for 4's in all the balls in an over (especially the 1st 15-20 balls he faces) whenever he gets an opportunity.

Posted by MattyP1979 on (August 1, 2012, 2:32 GMT)

Lot of Ind fans that love English cricket here it seems. Go to love comments like '75%' of our team is foreign lol. Cook is the lightest Jamacan I have ever seen. Bell is actually Chinese, Swann from Nepal, Broad/Anderson/Bresnan are from Mars. Strauss/Prior i give you, once visited another country once. We are coming soon enough don't worry, lets see if we lose 4-0 (3 by an innings).

Posted by the_blue_android on (August 1, 2012, 2:18 GMT)

@ Stevegridley, not sure if you're an England fan but what are your thoughts on the statistically worst humiliating 1st test defeat against SA in your own backyard?

Posted by sandp641 on (August 1, 2012, 2:18 GMT)

WHY STILL ROHIT SHARMA IN THE PLAYING X1 ?

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (August 1, 2012, 2:11 GMT)

Indian fans need to accept defeat where it is due. Yes, they are a powerhouse in the One Day formats (though they did lose in England and Australia embarassingly, but in Subcontinent Conditions/Flat Pitches they are undeniably King), but they are nowhere near the Top 4 in terms of Test cricket. Maybe a while ago when Ganguly the Great was Captain, but after MS Dhoni became captain, the Indian team has taken a blow to Test Cricket. India> all countries in ODI's, yes, but they are nowhere when it comes to Test Matches. The fact that out of 8 overseas Tests, they couldn't even DRAW a single match is a testament to that. Stop your whining. Your Hobart achievement was amazing, even though it was a flat pitch (Sri lanka were 300-2 at some point), but don't go saying you are Number 1 in the world after 8-0 defeats and getting embarassingly kicked out of the CB Series and Asia Cup

Posted by MadhavY on (August 1, 2012, 2:06 GMT)

@stevegridley Yes Steve I agree with you, India with 1.2 billion people managed to produce at least 11 decent cricketers, and England with all it's greatness have 3-4 players who doesn't count for nothing and plays around the imports. What England have done after getting to No.1 Status played 9 tests , won 3 and lost 5 and you know against who they won them. 200 years of legacy all England managed to achieve is a No.1 Ranking for 4 months. you know that's not gonna be staying with you for long.

Posted by Yoker111 on (August 1, 2012, 1:57 GMT)

SL has a good team they just need to make the correct adjustments and combination and play like a team unlike Inda where they depend on one bat and luck in the field. its SL's weakness to blame against the indian win, the current era of cricket is dominated in south asia by india, not long ago it was the pakistani's and the future it will be SL..

Posted by Tusker17 on (August 1, 2012, 1:56 GMT)

.......and finally I appeal to both SL and Indian fans to stop bashing each other. Its getting us both especially the SL team no where. End of the day what matters are the results and they speak volumes for themselves ! Thank you.

Posted by sunnymate on (August 1, 2012, 1:52 GMT)

Congrats to Indian team. It is so funny to see sri lankan Fans comments. they are saying Indian Are flat track bullies or Can only win at HOME. So poor Lankans They even Cannot win AT home. since 1997 INdia won All the series against Lankans. ANd for VB series recently in Aus even their we beat them badly.. CMon LaNKAN kEEP ON Barking and shouting.. and if someone are commenting indians are not good in abroad. this is just ur misconception. INDIA have FAr better Record then any sub-continet team in Abroad. expect recent whitewash in AUS or ENG we played good amount of cricket. Draw the series in SF, WIn In NZ, won In WI , WOn in ENG 2007. Draw in AUS in2002-03 ,

Posted by Yoker111 on (August 1, 2012, 1:52 GMT)

Kohli made Chandilmal and Thirimana look like untalented fools..

Posted by GeorgeAndrews on (August 1, 2012, 1:37 GMT)

Beautiful Language for a sports writing.

Posted by maddy20 on (August 1, 2012, 1:24 GMT)

@Sonya We will see how good you reall are when you visit India early next year. We have thrashed your ordinary side 2-0 twice, this time the thrashing will be even more sound, for they will be hungry to avenge the disaster in Aus. Also the fact is, Aus has been in transition since the past 4-5 years, where as India is in the phase for about 1 year now and a great team is in the making. Pujara, Kohli, Tiwary are the big three of the future. You got a taste of Pujara last tour, this time you will get a full meal! @EnglishCricket Actually a team that has not won an overseas series in India, SL, Pak since Princess Diana came to the throne is the one that should hand over its test status. What's more since they became no.1 they have not won a test series, whitewashed by Pak, drawn with SL. and have received the most soundest thrashing in 200 years of test circket(yes the avg/wicket is the worst in the history of cricket). Add to that 0 WCs to their name, they are fully qualified bunnies!

Posted by rajnarula on (August 1, 2012, 1:08 GMT)

I am very happy for India's win. My concern is Rahul Sharma, I don't know why would somebody be given so many chances when he has been failing time and again. I don't know who is his Godfather who is not thinking of the country rather giving him a chance to put India's pride down.

Posted by lovepork on (August 1, 2012, 1:01 GMT)

Kohli - we salutes you, you are a feerless champ!

Posted by YS_USA on (August 1, 2012, 0:38 GMT)

Let me remind you all: SL has 4 stars and two of them, Jayvardan and Sanga have more than 10,000 runs in OIDs and tests. Not a single Pakistani or British player have that distinction, so, give them some credit. Then, remember, Murli, all time great with highest wickets record. What more you want, they cant compete with Indian bench, resources and money but with whatever they got, they have done well.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2012, 0:31 GMT)

congrats virat for comfortable victory........

Posted by Des_65 on (August 1, 2012, 0:28 GMT)

Every one talks about flat wicket. But, the match is played by 2 teams. So. conditions are the same. On grassy wickets also, conditions are same for two teams. Cricketers who play on flat pitches may not play well on grassy pitches and vice versa. There are few exceptions and hence these exceptional cricketers are great. Currently, only South Africa plays well in all conditions. A year back (before the English tour) it was India. Tomorrow, it will be some one else. Please enjoy the game and don't pass derogatory remarks. Tennis is also played on different kinds of grounds. Why hockey is played on astroturf? Try playing it on grass (in cricketing terms grassy wicket). Will India win hockey played on grass? They used to win in the past.

Posted by Meety on (August 1, 2012, 0:28 GMT)

@kumarcoolbuddy - how about just enjoying a series win? "...AUS is collapsed currently..." after countless series around the world undefeated, Oz's last 18mths puts India to shame. Why not remark about Kholi's brilliant innings per 100 ratio? @DeepakDixit - good comments, however the recent barrage India have copped for 8 straight losses in Tests on the road is still warranted. It is up to the players to fix that.

Posted by bigdhonifan on (August 1, 2012, 0:24 GMT)

And what is England fans doing here. Here this is a thread of 2 World cup finalistls. One is 2 time champion and 3 time finalists. Other is one time champion 3 time finalists.

Posted by bigdhonifan on (August 1, 2012, 0:19 GMT)

Last 10 Years England won one test match in India and India Won 2 Test Matched Ingland. So India is better than England as always. And England is the most over rated team, hyped by their own media. Cant win in Sub continent, Sub continental tema can win more games in England. ENGLAND CRICKET TEAM = PATHETIC, OVER HYPED

Posted by Tusker17 on (August 1, 2012, 0:15 GMT)

I mean give or take these are things MJ should have and could have done but he's almost trying to prove a point to the so called "Arm chair critics" by going against conventional wisdom like these days chasing at the Keththarama is a more favoured option. Its almost like trying to prove "his" point wether right or wrong at the expense of the team! And this is certainly not the 1st time Mr. Jayawardena the almighty messed it up !

One day cricket is all about momentum. Hope someone has the wisdom and frankly grow a pair to get rid of all "slow - momentum - killing - steam - coaches" !!!

Cricinfo please publish…………..Thank you.

Posted by Tusker17 on (August 1, 2012, 0:14 GMT)

7. Perera has to be groomed carefully and his talents harnessed properly and definitely should not be wasted like today, where he could have come in earlier to get some momentum going which was the main issue today!

8. Mendis and Herath offers good spinning options which a guy like Senanayake or Randhiv should be brought forward.

9. Someone should have a chat with Malinga and see if he has his priorities straight when playing the Indians at the Int. Level. If you guys know what I mean……….

10. Mendis is good. He's emitting good vibes but perhaps the coach or Atapattu should remind him that he's a freaking left hander and not the other way around , no matter how much he likes to be otherwise!

Our strength has always lied in spinners. Perhaps its time we stuck to our strengths and work around situations like we've also done which has helped us reap rewards.

Posted by Tusker17 on (August 1, 2012, 0:13 GMT)

3. Chandhimal needs to be given a good "Tokka" and taught not to throw his wicket when he's set. This guy truly reminds me of the great "Ara" in the late 80's and early 90's !

4. Our 4 down is a constant issue. Maybe some like Karunaratne, Rajapaksha, Serasinghe, Angelo Perera or Jayasinghe should be groomed to handle this slot.

5. Mathews failed in todays match but he's done a good job and should continue at the 5 down position with Perera and Mendis to follow

6. Bowling department needs a serious revamp. We need no more than two specialist seamers, lets say for example like Malinga and Kule. Mathews and Perera can also bowl medium pacers so we do not need any more seams as it is. This would also allow us the option to drop one specialist bowler if the need that drastically need be as both Mathews and Perera can open with the new cherry.

Posted by Tusker17 on (August 1, 2012, 0:11 GMT)

I hate to say this but Im beggining to think that MJ is loosing his competitive edge in terms of captaincy. Here's a list of why, SL fans please advice your thoughts :

1. Taking the batting powerplay was a mistake. Even one of the Indian commentators (Lal I think) was bemused to say the least.

2. Tharanga has an average or an Okay record but then again do we need to become an Okay team ? He has to be gotton rid of and his place should go to Thirimanna. Tharanga is not getting any younger and he has a terrible weakness outside his off stump and playing swinging deliveries. Dont forget, we are playing the next world cup in Australia and not in some Indian dust-bowl ! This guy is killing momentum upfront and wasting balls and it eventually rubs off on the whole lineup in a very negative way more often than not !

Posted by   on (August 1, 2012, 0:08 GMT)

Wow it's amazing to see all these indian fans with such a defensive mindset. I know you don't win a lot so be gracious when you win the odd one. Congrats to your team. They played well. But Fact is it was dropped catches and poor umpiring that won you all 3 games. Sehwag was dropped when he was under 10 and then was given not out when caught in the first game. Raina was dropped twice and had more runs in inside and outside edges than the middle of the bat. In the 4th game Raina was given not out and was dropped. No wonder you don't want DRS. Even your captain admits your batsmen can only play in friendly conditions. Except for Kohli your other batsman can't even bat for 50 overs. Don't worry about SL cricket. We are fine. We have 1/50th of your population and we still have matched your team. We love our team regardless and we have lives that don't revolve around cricket. That's why we enjoy cricket and not the result. Learn to chill. Every side in has ups and downs.

Posted by avi10001 on (August 1, 2012, 0:08 GMT)

love these guys who are cussing india and how ordinary they are, talking about asia cup, the tri series in australia and what not. the only team i really respect except india is south africa. australia and england have had their fair share of shame and are very susceptible to foreign conditions too. and please, india just won the world cup so please give them their due respect.

Posted by bigdhonifan on (August 1, 2012, 0:06 GMT)

@ stevegrid How many time England got white washed in a test series. I think even bangladesh didnt lost like that. When will england win a match in Sub continent?? India jsut lost 2 series. before that we won many tournaments in England. England is not a home track bully also. They are jsut over hyped by English media. Whole world knows England is the most pathetic team ever.

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (July 31, 2012, 23:53 GMT)

@Sonya Jones, one tough question for you.Who do you think is a so called good team then, I mean who plays well everywhere? ENG is a funny team that everyone knows, AUS is collapsed currently, SA is on the way then who else? I do agree India lost against/in ENG but Indian team was completely weak psychologically at that time and ENG won the game psychologically mostly, of course that was ENG's luck. ENG cannot be strong even at their home if the opposition is strong at that time. Before that India won against/in ENG, also in NZ, WI and in AUS almost won the series (logically India won with that series with good performance and after all performance matters). One thing is for sure India is doing well and so critics are increasing day-by-day especially after winning world cup. I don't criticize SL for losing because they are currently in transition phase.

Posted by DeepakDixit on (July 31, 2012, 22:28 GMT)

TEST Matches last 10 years WIN/Loss ratio by teams ( away or neutral venues)

AUS ----2.38-----Champs of last decade by a far distance SA------1.42-----Best touring side after Aus Ind-----0.95----through rough patch before Eng series ratio was 1.54 Eng----0.75----pretty average touring side Pak----0.67---Can be a better tourist SL----0.57---poor tourist

yes i am talking of TEST matches for a good span of 10 years that too away from home...Cricinfo please publish

Posted by DeathKnell on (July 31, 2012, 22:28 GMT)

@EnglishCricket - ya right.. the founder of the game is yet to win a world cup?? this is the biggest parody on earth..so England should renounce themselves from playing this game and give them all to a more deserving nation like Namibia.. may be after a couple of generations when the english gets some maturity on the game - have to take a lesson or two from the Namibians and start playing again...

Posted by Bruisers on (July 31, 2012, 22:22 GMT)

@EnglishCricket - (If you are an English fan too) India can atleast win in familiar conditions. What about England? They suffer humiliating innings defeat at home despite playing cricket for about 200 years (going by your logic) to a side that reentered Test arena only about 20 years ago. And guess what? 75% of their current team are imports (from South Africa, India and even Ireland).... Bet you have an excuse for that too. xD

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 22:15 GMT)

Well for a change I am seeing lot of Pakistanis supporting us for our win. Thank you all, looking forward for Ind VS Pak.

Posted by DeepakDixit on (July 31, 2012, 22:15 GMT)

ODI Win/Loss ratio of all teams in last 10 years ( only Away + neutral venues) min 100 matches

AUS 2.57 SA 1.34 IND 1.24 PAK 1.12 SL 1.05 NZ 0.89 ENG 0.87

Now tell which team can play only at home

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 22:09 GMT)

Kohli is in prime form of his life. Pakistan needs to tackle him down if want to win series in Dec else he will simply thrash our bowlers just like in Asia Cup. SL and India has played against each other so much that Malinga looks bunny in front of Indian batters...they now thrash him all over the place and I believe he has lost confidence against Indians or probably he needs a break. Indian batting is mighty strong,they should be made batting first since they fancy their chances in chasing down any total.

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 22:08 GMT)

being pakistani cricket lover i will say simply there is no question mark on Rohit Kholi class,he is the man who is not Pitch oriented.

Posted by Thoths_rajs on (July 31, 2012, 21:59 GMT)

@stevegridley

Hope yuvraj doesnt see ur messages. If he sees , England will be out in this year T20.

hehehe =)

Posted by Bruisers on (July 31, 2012, 21:58 GMT)

@johnathanjosephs - SL missing Sanga and Kula can't be even half as big as India missing Sachin and Yuvraj. Anyways what did SL achiwve when the two did play? Kula played the first game and India won it. Sanga played first three games and India won 2-1.

Posted by wonderstar1 on (July 31, 2012, 21:58 GMT)

Nohit sharma is as ordinary as Bangladesh cricket team.

Posted by EnglishCricket on (July 31, 2012, 21:55 GMT)

I have sympathy for Sri Lanka because they have been playing non-stop Cricket in fact they have played by far in all forms this year more games than anyone else but this ordinary India side who have been playing Cricket for almost a 100 years are only winning in conditions similar to theirs and less confident playing abroad in fact the next few series are all at home wonder why? haha...I think India should remove themselves from all forms of Cricket and give it to a more deserving team like Ireland -_-

Posted by AlexPalmer90 on (July 31, 2012, 21:55 GMT)

Also, if there is any competition for population growth, no body can challenge India. Joke of the day by Steve. Lolz. Awesome.

Posted by wonderstar1 on (July 31, 2012, 21:51 GMT)

@jonathonjosephs.. sour grapes mate. so luck has saved India.what a lame excuse .. get a life man.. why do u always go back to England and AUs series.do u think SL are kings in bouncy wickets. SL were bowled out for 43 runs which itself is a gr8 record. can anyone ever break that record? Just talk abt the current series and at any place Ind will beat SL. mark my words.

Posted by AlexPalmer90 on (July 31, 2012, 21:50 GMT)

@Steve. Also, if there is any competition for population growth, no body can challenge India. Your are a funny guy. haha. India lost 8 matches in a row, came 3rd in the Asia cup and 4th in the CB series. Yea, India is doing well all right. haha. Indians are delusion. They have a average team but still feel, they are better than the Aussies. Keep at it eh.

Posted by just_chill_chill on (July 31, 2012, 21:48 GMT)

@yorkslanka I am sure that by Lankan standard entering finals of tournaments even if they are in Somalia are great achievement. Congratulations, now that you managed to enter some tournament finals, you can go back to your losing ways while other teams fill their cabinets with trophies.

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 21:47 GMT)

@samincolumbia...hahaha This 'ordinary' team destroyed you at the Asia Cup and oh yeah Bangladesh are ranked 10th out of more than 200 countries worldwide so that looks good to me or doesn't the world play Cricket? Wonder why? :)

Posted by wonderstar1 on (July 31, 2012, 21:45 GMT)

@EnglishCricket.. yes England is the only team which can lose to us like 5-0 or even 7-0. even Ireland would give us better fight on flat tracks. seriously the ICC must cancel all the England's sub-continent tours so that we can at least see some competitive cricket and their fans don't get humiliated. @stevegridley yes we had a good laugh when ur ordinary England visited us on 2006,2008,2011 as we were so bored of beating Eng again and again. we were even thinking that whether England really qualified enough to play ODI Cricket on sub-continent.

Posted by Bruisers on (July 31, 2012, 21:44 GMT)

@EnglishCricket - Weren't you the same person who had predicted an EASY series win for Sri Lanka?? Haha. And I don't have to remind you which team recently lost to Scotland and Netherlands.. Or do I?

Posted by Stanmclean on (July 31, 2012, 21:44 GMT)

Do you Indians remember that your team came 3rd in the CB series. They also finished 3rd on the Asia cup and set a world record of losing 8 matches in a row. How can you make excuses and say that India is still good, when they clearly are in a state of decline. You guys can barely play on flat pitches. Admit you are ordinary and nothing. Most people already know these things about India. India is zero.

Posted by AnoMaLy on (July 31, 2012, 21:41 GMT)

@Sonya Jones - What about SL batsman then? They can't even win on flat pitches forget pitches with movement. LOL have you forgetten the CB series bum whooping.

Posted by wonderstar1 on (July 31, 2012, 21:40 GMT)

@EnglishCricket.. yes England is the only team which can lose to us like 5-0 or even 7-0. even Ireland would give us better fight on flat tracks. seriously the ICC must cancel all the England's sub-continent tours so that we can at least see some competitive cricket and their fans don't get humiliated.

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (July 31, 2012, 21:39 GMT)

@ani. Yes, I am indeed an Indian cricket fan and yes he has scored 1 century in Aus I guess. He still needs to prove in n test matches and against some hostile short pich bowling. Then IMO he will be a complete cricketer.

Posted by Hello13 on (July 31, 2012, 21:39 GMT)

SonyaJonea- why did Australia get whitewashed not their last tour to India?

Posted by wonderstar1 on (July 31, 2012, 21:38 GMT)

@EnglishCricket.. yes England is the only team which we can lose to us like 5-0 or even 7-0. even Ireland would give us better fight on flat tracks. seriously the ICC must cancel all the England's sub-continent tours so that we can at least see some competitive cricket and their fans don't get humiliated.

Posted by Stanmclean on (July 31, 2012, 21:36 GMT)

Indians can't take constructive criticism. If you point something out to them, they start posting silly comments. Grow up.

Posted by Stanmclean on (July 31, 2012, 21:34 GMT)

India has just managed to win one medal in the Olympics, haha. 1.2 billion people and one medal. Anyway, England will be touring India this year. Get ready for another whitewash and don't just prepare flat pitches to suit your batsman. Bye

Posted by jrox7913 on (July 31, 2012, 21:28 GMT)

@big_cheese - its way better than blaming the pitch as Dhoni does ...lol

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 21:21 GMT)

@Ya_hoo. Your team is ordinary and overrated. Deal with it :) Australia is going through a transition right now but we are still better than your ordinary players.

Posted by Bruisers on (July 31, 2012, 21:19 GMT)

Good fight from the Lankans this game. They did much better than what I had expected.. The best batsmen for SL today were most certainly Malinga and Herath. Haha.. And the excuses from the SL fans are hilarous. Thats what they are good at - making big pre-series talk and then pulling out excuses once they start losing badly. I see a few comments saying the series was played on flat tracks LOL. Those people are either delusional or have absolutely no knowledge of cricket. To them, every venue India win on is a flat track haha. Feel for them.

Posted by samincolumbia on (July 31, 2012, 21:17 GMT)

Sri Lanka should play more against very ordinary teams like Bangladesh. Or better still like Bangladesh, play against non test playing nations and then come here and shout how good they are, even though they are at the bottom of the ICC rankings! lolz.

Posted by yorkslanka on (July 31, 2012, 21:11 GMT)

@golgoal, the same excuse as you have for not reaching the CB finals a few days before..we knocked you out of the tournatment..and beforeall these trolls start about head to head matches, were you in the final?NO we were...

Posted by yorkslanka on (July 31, 2012, 21:11 GMT)

@golgoal, the same excuse as you have for not reaching the CB finals a few days before..we knocked you out of the tournatment..and beforeall these trolls start about head to head matches, were you in the final?NO we were...

Posted by yorkslanka on (July 31, 2012, 21:11 GMT)

@golgoal, the same excuse as you have for not reaching the CB finals a few days before..we knocked you out of the tournatment..and beforeall these trolls start about head to head matches, were you in the final?NO we were...

Posted by serious-am-i on (July 31, 2012, 21:07 GMT)

@Sonya Jones: yes, India usually doesn't do really good overseas in fast bouncy wickets, its because of the fact they are not used to it but apart from the previous 2 tours of Eng and Aus, they have generally fared well. We never said India was the best in the world, I am an Indian btw!. Honestly speaking, if I have to pick fav. for next world cup based on today's performances then I would pick SAF to be favorites even though they are world re-known chokers. The prob here is the FTP, for next 2 years I don't think India is going outside subcontinent unless BCCI holds matches out of FTP, which it usually does - to squeeze as many matches as possible. I hope BCCI sends more "A" teams to Aus/NZ especially to get used to the conditions.

Posted by karthikfromchennai on (July 31, 2012, 21:05 GMT)

@Sonya Jones ..please check your english and cricket knowledge as well.

Posted by karthikfromchennai on (July 31, 2012, 21:04 GMT)

India won their third consecutive bilateral series in Sri Lanka. Their last loss in a bilateral series in Sri Lanka came in 1997, when they lost 3-0.Since 2006, India have gone on to win all five bilateral series against Sri Lanka (home and away).

Posted by Stanmclean on (July 31, 2012, 21:04 GMT)

Indians do really well at practice sessions and playing in flat wickets. If you ask them to play in challenging conditions, than be prepared for a laughing marathon. We all had a great laugh at seeing so called Indian great players struggling and losing in England. lol. Also, if there is any competition for population growth, no body can challenge India.

Posted by karthikfromchennai on (July 31, 2012, 21:03 GMT)

India won their third consecutive bilateral series in Sri Lanka. Their last loss in a bilateral series in Sri Lanka came in 1997, when they lost 3-0.Since 2006, India have gone on to win all five bilateral series against Sri Lanka (home and away).

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (July 31, 2012, 21:00 GMT)

@golgoal are you forgetting that India ranked 3 out of 3 in the CB Series? And then you guys got were 3 out of 4 in the Asia Cup. Not to mention you have lost 8 test matches in a row on the trot. Sri Lanka may not have the power to beat India on FLAT pitches, but given any day in the Test Arena in sporting wickets and the flat track bullies are hopeless Kohli should concentrate on his batting in Test Matches instead of on ODI matches. Like Yuvraj Singh once said "Nobody remembers a player who hasn't performed in Tests"

Posted by Rapchiik on (July 31, 2012, 20:58 GMT)

@Sonya Jones -Wow, Australians still criticize. Yes, Indians have struggled overseas but those have been mostly in 5 day'ers that too recently. Having said that - which team is playing good overseas? What happens to Australia when they come to India. Ask Steve Waugh.. Same is the case with England. In One dayers - No team is dominant overseas. Only two teams are better i.e. India and South Africa. Sorry to say but I do not see any team going on a tour and dominating there .. Atleast India is doing it within the sub continent.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (July 31, 2012, 20:56 GMT)

India not using the UDRS has helped them again. Kohli out on a LBW during a crucial point of the match and Raina edging a ball but both were not given. Add to that the dropped catch of Raina in the last match when he was still in single digits and this series could have easily been Sri Lanka's. I like how many Indians feel that they are "too good" for Sri Lanka when a HUGE factor in their wins is LUCK (many run out chances and dropped catches, and also the Sri Lankans lost Sanga and Kulasekara)

Posted by mark2011 on (July 31, 2012, 20:55 GMT)

@COOL2COOL,@EAT_SLEEP_PLAY_CRIKET,@CRICFAN_99: u all hav only to talk about Indi wining agaist SL. what about Indi's performance in Eng and Aus?? according to u r analysis SL is weaker side, then beating a weaker side is not much to jump on..so u accept that agaisnt stroing side India is not good, thats why they lost in 0-5 Eng & Aus, ahh?? As world champs India r expected to win CB seris, Asia cup, big events, but in both cases Ind was thrown out of da series not even came to final. is it a champions way ??? when thing r like that u just jump too much beating SL a team in a rebuliding process with half of the side consist with inexperience/ newcomers, that too condition similar to India, just bcos of it plays in SL,it wasn't alient to Indian team.when SL was very strong, SL beat them very badly when Ind team also very strong.Dont forget Indian worst defeats from SL including recent 138 bundle out, and top 4 lowest score out of 10, against SL...dont be too fool only looking at wins

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 20:49 GMT)

@Sonya Jones : I know you are not happy with Indian team but for your knowledge India won the First world cup and T20 in Lords. What ever you say we are 3 times world Champion.

Posted by zimmby on (July 31, 2012, 20:48 GMT)

@ EnglishCricket... I absolutely adore the fantastic result England produced against Pakistan in UAE in Tests and also in India last time they toured India. And yes, Kohli's century did put smile on the face of people of India. We are extremely proud of him. Also, blackouts are unheard of in the west, right?

Posted by AlexPalmer90 on (July 31, 2012, 20:47 GMT)

Another meaningless tour played by two average teams. Both teams will get beaten when facing stronger sides like Australia. Indian side is a joke.

Posted by Hello13 on (July 31, 2012, 20:42 GMT)

Sonya Jones- rememebr Australias whitewash when they came to India? Remember Englands whitewash when they came to India? remember Australia losing at home to England in the Ashes? and losing away in England just recently?

Posted by zimmby on (July 31, 2012, 20:42 GMT)

@ SLGirl, ha ha ha that's pretty good 'reason'. Read happy-go-lucky's list of 'reasons' reason no. 5. You can also make 'reason' no 6 to defend your defeat. :D BTW, that luck has been running for the last 15 years! ENJOY. :)

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 20:40 GMT)

@ Sonya Jones: As they say, 'People who live in glass house should not throw stones'. Lets see the other side of coin. Ur batsmen can't play spin - Universal Truth. Even Sehwag can destroy your team - I mean his off-spin against your batsmen. India were the favorites to win WC because India generally plays good in sub-continent and Dhoni's men just proved that. Yeah next WC will be played in Aus and NZ. So Australia must win this WC as it will played in its backyard (just like India did in its backyard ). :) All those wickets your fast bowlers take in Australia are meaningless, yes they are INDEED MEANINGLESS as any fast bowler can claim to be a Lion on FAST n BOUNCY pitches. He gets tested in sub-continent and unfortunately your bowlers get hammered here for PLENTY unlike Zaheer who picks wickets even on flat tracks. Remember Ind vs Aus in WC last year ? And if Flat Tarcks are so easy to score then why ur batsmen fail here ? Aww ! I forgot they can't play spin. Only SA is good.

Posted by bigdhonifan on (July 31, 2012, 20:39 GMT)

@EnglishCricket can your team ever win in Batting friendly on spinning conditions?

Posted by Ra_Thore on (July 31, 2012, 20:39 GMT)

@Sonya Jones, You always the same post with the same stat. Your stats never change despite India keep winning, disappointing you more and more.

Posted by bigdhonifan on (July 31, 2012, 20:36 GMT)

@Arulanthomas90 India where with out their best batsman ( Sachin), and their Chanpion all rounder (Yuvi). Sri Lanka is not able to win against India A team, that a fact and results for last 15 years showing that.

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 20:35 GMT)

Virat kohli is simply the best ...........

Posted by the_blue_android on (July 31, 2012, 20:34 GMT)

Last 50 ODI resutst between India and SL. 47-3. Still have SL people questioning Indian's ability...

Posted by SuperSaj on (July 31, 2012, 20:30 GMT)

Sonya Jones (who ever you are)...other than our horrible result last year in Eng and Australia...(the former heavily impacted by 8 stars being injured at some point and overall through an ageing batting line up that just had passed its sell by date)...India was the 2nd best team after Australia in its away test record between 2000 and 2010..(go check on cricinfo stats), we won tests everyhwere and won series abroad everywhere except Aus (where we drew and nearly won in 03/04) and SA again where we should have won in both 07 and 11 in deciding tests.

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 20:30 GMT)

@sonya jones . let it be . And every country has an advantage when they are playing at home , take an example of Kiwis and Bangladesh series just before Asia cup and you know the result what happened there . Same case is applicable with Team India in Australia . You are talking about flat pitches where everyone can score then why Aussie , African , English , Kiwis didn't do well in 2011 World cup .Why Aussies suffer a Painful series defeat when they had the best bowling attack with them last time when they toured India . So next time please make your facts right and ensure that you are covering all aspects . Thanking you :)

Posted by Divinetouch on (July 31, 2012, 20:30 GMT)

Arulanthomas90

Please look back at your comment to see if it makes sense. If you are still convinced that it does, I will ask my 4 year old grand-son to read your comments and give his opinion.

SLGirl,

Please look back at the game and count how many edges Dilshan, Tharanga etc. when they batted. Remember luck is a nebulous thing.

Posted by bigdhonifan on (July 31, 2012, 20:30 GMT)

If India wins next match, India will share 119 rating with Aussies but with higher points than Aussie, India will be Ranked #1 in ODI's. All the best Words Best ODI Team

Posted by cool2cool on (July 31, 2012, 20:27 GMT)

Sonya Jones: If you say 'a good team performs everywhere', then except SA, no current team including ENG, Aus is a good team. Check the stats of all the team home and away for last 12 months or so, and you will accept it.

Posted by TheGame666able on (July 31, 2012, 20:25 GMT)

@Dbatsman He was talking about how Manoj Tiwary was asked to bowl in the nets so that he can be picked as a part-timer.So no he wasn't talking about Irfan Pathan.Good to see Irfan pathan regain some form though,India desperately need some bowlers to come good.With Kolhi,Raina and Dhoni in the middle and Sehwag hopefully finding form soon,our batting is pretty much invincible ... at least in the subcontinent

Posted by Vilander on (July 31, 2012, 20:23 GMT)

Every team is gracious in defeat except SL and BD.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (July 31, 2012, 20:20 GMT)

Guys, i request that let's not humiliate each other. And to my fellow Indians especially i would like to say that, " Yes, they might have provoked us but result is best answer for what they said. So let's not humiliate them please. let's us show restrainment " , Thank you.

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (July 31, 2012, 20:20 GMT)

I am happy for India. SL I thought played well. Perhaps it is the fatigue and injuries to the key SL players which took its toll on final result. So Team India may not want to be to self- congratulatory. So soak up the win, boys, and keep improving instead of getting too laid back.

Posted by Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on (July 31, 2012, 20:17 GMT)

@SLGirl : LOL! Well said mate and according to me Lanka should improve in their BOWLING, BATTING and FIELDING (which are basics of cricket) to be LUCKY. And also please practice CATCHING too. LOL!

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 20:16 GMT)

This is so funny that India can beat only Sri Lanka ??? Why you can't beat other teams ??? What happened to you guys in England and Australia ????

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 20:14 GMT)

Having plenty of experience with India, still SL cant find a plan to beat India. If SL score at least 300 runs, they can fight (dont forget 340 in 34 overs). Tharanga plays for his place. Slowly score a 50 every other game and protect the place in team, Chandimal has been exaggerated unduly. He is an average cricketer. Mahela is losing his talent now. Tries for paddle sweep all the time and get out. Thisara perera is not an option in conditions like sub continent. He got 2-3 lucky chances to get some wickets. he is too slow without a swing. Since Murali/Vaas left, SL still struggle to find a bowling attack with Herath. That is why players like Nuwan Pradeep with average 345 is still playing in national team. No doubt 4-1 for India.

Posted by Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on (July 31, 2012, 20:12 GMT)

@Sonya Jones - LOL! Dude you have good sense of humor. Remember 43 allout! (This should be on your wall of F(SH)AME. Remember CB series when India Chased 320 within 40 overs (When your excellent side was at the mercy of VIRAT Kohli). Remember white washed by 3 countries in one series(Asia cup). I understand mate.. Constant "MEOW"ing is often overlooked for an occasional "ROAR". By the way good luck to SL for the t20 worldcup (Sure Zimbabwe and SAF will fancy their chances in your group after looking at LANKA's AMzing performances) and Aus tour (No wonder OZ picked perfect team to regain their lost confidence).

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (July 31, 2012, 20:11 GMT)

Congratulations to all my fellow Indians and Team India fans across globe upon this win and thus wrapping up series 3-1. Time to celebrate :).We love you Team India.

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 20:10 GMT)

@ Arulanthomas90: Oh dear, the very same teams, your favorite Aus and Eng, which thrashed India, got thrashed themselves by India in India 2-0 and 5-0 respectively. And Eng World No. 1 test team ehh ? We saw how they got WHITE-WASHED by Pakistan in UAE. Hehe .. And how SA batsmen made mockery of Eng bowlers in 1st test match. U must have seen that. Even a domestic Bangladeshi spinner would be difficult for ur so called high-profile English batsmen to handle. In Asia cup, B'Desh beat us, I admit that gracefully. But hey, Didn't the same BD thrash your Eng in WC last year ? ;) and so did Ireland. And hey, to construct your team, STOP importing players.

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 20:09 GMT)

Both sides are ordinary. India is worse, because as soon as, they play on pitches with movements, they crumble and get humiliated. Look at what happened to them in Australia. James made the Indian batsman look hopeless, which most of them are. India; can only play on flat wicket.

Posted by cool2cool on (July 31, 2012, 20:06 GMT)

@SLGirl: But India won the match and lead the series 3-1 and that is what matters. In score-book, it will go as India won, Raina scored a fifty and neither as Raina edged nor India's luck nor SL's unluck.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (July 31, 2012, 20:03 GMT)

I'm sure Nohit is a recommendation candidate, courtesy Statchin.

Posted by serious-am-i on (July 31, 2012, 20:01 GMT)

well played India, looks like SL had 2 off days. I used to rate Mahela's captaincy pretty high but some of his recent decisions have been just baffling. No offense, but please BCCI and SLC - stop having matches between Ind vs SL for at least 2 more years, we are tired of watching these 2, who ever wins that doesn't matter but too much of Ind vs SL is boring. @Arulanthomas90: seriously you are making immature comments sire, please correct yourself - I have come to to this conclusion based on your recent comments. You talk as if SL are very good at swinging conditions winning series in Eng, Aus, SAF. Indeed SL has never won a series in either of these 3 nations in tests and never won a single test in Aus and India so far. But hell yeah, I am not criticizing SL for it, since u pulled out ur unnecessary comment I put this up for you. @fr600: where is ur BD in either test or ODI rankings ? Stop your comments here, you don't deserve to criticize others, period.

Posted by cool2cool on (July 31, 2012, 20:00 GMT)

@EnglishCricket: Your team was demolished by PAK 3-0 in tests in UAE. Lost to India 5-0 in ODI where in 4 matches your team was not able to bat-out the 50 overs on pitches what you call as flat-tracks. So your team is also not that good as you think. And yes, even at home you lost by one of the biggest margins (wickets difference) in the history, your so called great attack was able to take only 2 wickets, and your great batting line-up didn't overhaul these runs in two innings.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (July 31, 2012, 20:00 GMT)

For God's sake, stop this tour. Srilanka is no match for us. How many more matches should we play with them?

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 19:57 GMT)

What do Indians gain by playing in such flat pitches, when they continue to struggle when playing in SA, England etc. Yes, your batman's can score bunch of runs, but they are meaningless, when they fail overseas. Indians travelled to Australia, but they rarely got going and got humiliated at the end. India must remember that the world cup will be held on Australia and NZ, where the pitches won't be flat or prepared for them. Indian side is still average because, a good team performs everywhere, most Indians never do. India is still ordinary.

Posted by golgoal on (July 31, 2012, 19:55 GMT)

@Arulanthomas90 : SL finished 4th in Bangladesh out of 4 Asian teams. What is your excuse there? Man you guys blow so much hot air on these forums, but have no performance whatsoever to match it.

Posted by samincolumbia on (July 31, 2012, 19:53 GMT)

Sri Lanka has not won a ODI series against India in Sri Lanka since 1997! SL has NEVER won a test against India in India. Got thrashed in the WC final. Got humiliated by Kohli when he chased down 320+ in less than 40 overs in Australia. Waiting for comments from Sinhaya on yet another thrashing by India on SL soil!! HAHAHA...

Posted by Harmony111 on (July 31, 2012, 19:49 GMT)

I just can't describe the pleasure Virat Kohli gives to the viewer. He is a terrific demoralizer to the opponent. Not only does he score huge runs, he scores them consistently, he scores them quickly, he scores them as and when needed and he scores those runs in a manner that deflates the opposition. We saw just how clueless the Sri Lankan bowlers looked in the final stages of the match. And we also saw just how much the Sri Lankan fielders looked disinterested in stopping or even chasing the ball when Kohli was hitting them. It was as if the wind was out of the SL team and this was the effect of Kohli. I ask all the Sri Lankan fans today to raise a toast to the future emperor of World Cricket, Mr. Virat Kohli instead of coming with yet another set of funny excuses. Virat Kohli, you are incredible. You are awesome. You are a combination of the Tempo of Slash of Guns n Roses, Voice texture of Steve Tyler of Aerosmith and the range of Pavarotti. Kohli you are almost an aphrodisiac.

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 19:49 GMT)

@ SLGirl: LOL !!!! ..... Hehe .....

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (July 31, 2012, 19:48 GMT)

Congratulations team India!! Hard luck Srilanka, better luck next time. Indian team went with a plan and it worked out well when they had taken Manoj tiwary. It looks like Srilankan batsman can't play leg spin well, Dhoni might have found this soon after 3rd ODI. And i felt that i had a chance to watch one of the up-coming game's great player Kohli. Murderous Innings that was. Sir Viv made his 4000 runs in 88 innings and Kohli is presently with 3845 runs in 86 innings. Oh my god!.Great spectacle to watch him in full flow. I felt India had enough overs left to even touch 350-360 runs even today. Such was dominant dislay. Srilanka's fielding was sloppy, very sloppy and i don't know what Coach Ford is doing?? From this tour started fielding of Srilanka is not so good. Catches missed. Srilanka lost matches because didn't held catches well. Perera would have come little above in the batting. What he will do when he is sent so down in batting?? Only Mahela should know. Perera at #6 is good.

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 19:47 GMT)

So many many many congratulations boys well done and thank you so much for winning a series in srilanka.. We proud of you jai hind :)

Posted by cool2cool on (July 31, 2012, 19:42 GMT)

@Arulanthomas90: Nice excuses. I can understand your feelings. BTW Which team didn't win a single match in Asia cup and hence was kicked out of Asia Cup first? Which team is not able to play and win on their home soil and flat pitches? Against which team India chased 321 @ 8.75 at Hobart on 28 Feb 2012 ? Was Hobart also a flat wicket? If yes, why other team didn't score more runs? Which team has not won a single bilateral ODI series against India since 1997, home or away? hahahaha

Posted by Deenesh on (July 31, 2012, 19:40 GMT)

@aryan_ab in case of a 3-2 victory the rankings remain the same, perhaps a point something difference. In case of 4-1, India will still become number one, or perhaps number two if they are behind by a fraction. They will have 119 points tho, with a 4-1 win. You can predict for urself on ICC cricket website, ODI rankings simulator.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (July 31, 2012, 19:40 GMT)

At least India has good batting but Wt SL has is nothing

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 19:40 GMT)

i will not make ridiculous comments as you all have, all i have to say is No matter what side is playing against each other a WIN IS A WIN!!! remember that whether Srilanka had their players, or they misfielded, or india had ordinary players.

Kohli is improving so far, and if this form of his continues and takes it to the next level, it would be awesome. It's interesting how people make comments about how Srilanka did not have all their players when they were only two players short one was Sanga and the other was Kulasekara. Anyways i sign out by saying kudos to India, the better team who did not loose their nerve.

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 19:38 GMT)

Kohli is an excellent batsmen , natural stroke player, just love his batting.

Posted by ani. on (July 31, 2012, 19:37 GMT)

@IndnCrktfan (assuming you u are a true Indian fan) KOHLI scored Century in Australia (avgs over 50), century in England and also avgs 57 in south africa

Posted by jagatr on (July 31, 2012, 19:35 GMT)

And thats the second time this SL team has failed to defend a 250+ target - first time ever. And as all SL fans know, this Indian team is pathetic...so where does that leave SL?

Posted by EnglishCricket on (July 31, 2012, 19:32 GMT)

The average team may have comprehensively won against this now weak Lankan but we all know they are flat track bullies. Its their away games in FASTER CONDITIONS which they need to prove themselves on.

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

in the last 10 overs India scored only 28 runs was wrong, pls recorrect it..!

Posted by cool2cool on (July 31, 2012, 19:30 GMT)

@aryan_ab: In case of 4-1, India will become No 1.(Both Aus and India would have 119 points, but India will be ahead on decimal points :-)). In case of 3-2, SA would remain 2, India 3 and England 4. (All with 118 points, decimal points decides the ranking again :-))

Posted by thegaffoor on (July 31, 2012, 19:29 GMT)

As correctly pointed out by Tom Moody the other day on TenCricket, Sri Lanka's problem is domestic cricket. Sri Lanka doesn't have a properly domestic cricket structure. Sri Lanka is compelled to play with the players they have. Finding a good player for Sri Lanka is like finding a needle in a hay stack.

Posted by EnglishCricket on (July 31, 2012, 19:28 GMT)

India made some 600 million people in India smile for once today after the extreme "Power-Cut" by the team especially by Virat Kohli LOOL!!! :)

Posted by Temuzin on (July 31, 2012, 19:28 GMT)

Posted by fakir_jeidi on (July 31 2012, 16:38 PM GMT) This guy KOHLI making cricket a child game. If he continue playing like this people will loose interest from cricket :)

Fakir, dont worry let Kohli make it a childs game, we have emperor Nohit besharma who will keep things interesting for all of us. He is super talented in the nets and provides enough intertainment in the middle for what ever time he stays there. You may have noticed that his 4 runs were technically most correct runs ever made, and were verfy pleasing to the eyes. His batting style makes it so easy and his flow of the bat is beyond this world. When Nohit Besharma starts playing the Gods swoop down from heaven to watch him play cricket the way only he can play. And that is talent my friend. Even if he does not score any run his mere presence uplifts the mood in the stadium and a soothing calm spreads all around. Such is the talent of the man called Nohit Besharma. You and I will not understand this..

Posted by ani. on (July 31, 2012, 19:27 GMT)

@aryan_.4-1 means India will share same points with Australia currently No.1 with 119 points. at present India and SA with 118.. 3-2 means India will be 3rd. ICC will update after this series India might reach top position.actually 1st or 2nd doesn't matter India is current odi champion ;)

Posted by SLMaster on (July 31, 2012, 19:25 GMT)

Soon India's luck will end. Raina did not play a good game at all. He was similar to Rohit but was lucky to survy. SL played good but not lucky. How many edges Raina produced that never got a hit. ENJOY till it last.

Posted by SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on (July 31, 2012, 19:20 GMT)

Virat Kohli's Hunger has took him to another level.....Currently the Best ODI Batsman in the World Undoubtedly and ab de villiers is in No.2 in my opinion

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

Congrats India on winning a meaning less OSI series. Kohli has scored 5 ODI centuries in India, 3 in BNG, and now 2 in SL..Not sure Iw will jump on Kohli's band wagon yet. He needs to score every where in the world for him to be the best. If SL can collapse to such pathetic Indian bowling what does this say about their batting. SL board have job on their hands.

Posted by Arulan_Thomas on (July 31, 2012, 19:18 GMT)

SL were missing some crucial players, plus the board made the mistake of preparing flat wickets to suit the indian batsman's. sl will come back and do well. india is just a average side with ordinary players. they get hammered in england, australia and get kicked out of asia cup and still gloat. haha

Posted by mark2011 on (July 31, 2012, 19:12 GMT)

Kholis is in great touch & SL havnt way to control/get him out.certainly he is good batsman with great amount of luck going his specialy against SL, except may b for 1 occasion all his big score came after putting down chances by SL..even today run out chance,LBW and finaly at the end big catch.. so it is his luck and things r going on his way whatevr way, out of his last ten matches more than half is against SL, so he is doing wel agaisnt SL.. until if SL finds way to control hin sooner.. so it is important to see how wel he bat agisnt othr side with good bawling attack than SL..teams like ..pak ,Aus..& SA...

Posted by Dbatsman on (July 31, 2012, 19:07 GMT)

MS DHONI: " if we don't get a perfect allrounder, we are comfortable playing seven batsmen. " IS HE TRYING TO COMMENT ON IRFAN PATHAN INDIRECTLY ? I think that he does not want Irfan Pathan to play in INDIAN XI and BE part of it.

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 19:06 GMT)

Congrats Virat.I enjoyed watched yourinnings.You did proud for India.In10 consecutive innings you scored more runs than one in the history of ODI matched.

Posted by Natesan333 on (July 31, 2012, 19:06 GMT)

@fr600….hmm let's see. The winner of the Asia cup just lost a series with SL and the runner up…..well the less said the better, let's just say they barely got out of Europe alive !!

Posted by dhonicskfan on (July 31, 2012, 18:50 GMT)

fed up of rohit getting so much chances....rahane deserves a chance atleast in the last ODI...KOHLI....he is just the greatest ODI batsman now...

Posted by stormy16 on (July 31, 2012, 18:49 GMT)

SL crunched - simple as that and how good is Kholi? Simply amazing talent and SL have no answers to him. Against this Indian batting line up 300 was a minimum and SL lost it with the dismissals of Mahela and Chandimal to part timers! That was the opportuity to take it to the Indian bowlers but SL managed to lose two vital wickets. All credit to Dhoni who kept going with the part timers and SL simply didnt find a way out. Even a score of 300 looked dodgy considering Dhoni didnt bat. Credit where its due and India deserve plenty of it.

Posted by aryan_ab on (July 31, 2012, 18:48 GMT)

It was said that India would jump to no. 1 in ICC ODI ranking if they win the series 5-0. Can anyone tell me what would be the scenario in case of a 4-1 or 3-2 victory?

Posted by MadhavY on (July 31, 2012, 18:47 GMT)

OK, guys let's face it, Yes India is Bad then how bad SL is, and Bangladesh loosing to Associates and gloating over a couple of wins in Asia Cup, pakistan didn't do well against Sri Lanka, and see how NZ is faring in West Indies, then the mighty Aussies got humiliated in England and The so called World No1 England side lost 5 out of the 9 tests they played after becoming world beaters and managed to win 3, and are in line to lose another two, their media hyped them and they believed that they are as good as 90's Aussies and 80's Windies but you know they are just average. So No one is ruling here and India is not as bad as the English, Srilankans think, and who cares about the bangladeshis ha..!

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 18:32 GMT)

Another great series win on Sl soil well played INDIA, But my request to all Indian brothers is that kindly do not bash our own lankan brothers pls....................

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (July 31, 2012, 18:32 GMT)

SHARMA fails again and again and again after he was recently destroyed in W.I tour for IndiaA by our young bowling attack ! WHEN will INDIA realise this guy is not up to international game UTHAPPA is a far better option in all formats .

Posted by SoulTaker on (July 31, 2012, 18:25 GMT)

Chandima.Ceylon: You got to have a big heart to accept the defeat and praise the appostion who played better.....as far as Iam concerned both our teams are in same state..

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 18:24 GMT)

Virat Kohli is a world class batsman averages an amazing 50 like his style probably in my opinion the batsman in the world at least in ODIs.

Posted by Dbatsman on (July 31, 2012, 18:22 GMT)

MS DHONI: "iif we don't get a perfect allrounder, we are comfortable playing seven batsmen". Is Dhoni trying to say that INDIA does not need Irfan Pathan? or He just hates Irfan Pathan. Can ANYONE TELL ME WHAT IS HE TRYING TO SAY BY THIS KIND OF COMMENTS DURING POST MATCH PRESENTATION?

Posted by SnowSnake on (July 31, 2012, 18:14 GMT)

I like to see India England and Australia because all of these 3 teams have bench strength. SL and SA do not have much reserve talent. When Sanga leaves, SL is in trouble. If Steyn leaves SA is in trouble. India without Sachin, Yuvi and many other players (Bhajji, I. Sharma etc.) play totally unconcerned. Should SA or SL play as much cricket as India and England does, they will be ranked below #3 in all formats of the game.

Posted by mark2011 on (July 31, 2012, 18:13 GMT)

@sirihearth. u r correct.this is a SL big weakness, just bcos of 1 good performance they just dream it about to happnd in next game and end up with losing.this is y no consistency in wining, ther is complacing come up in SL team very quik and show prety ordinary performance.if u folow the basic u could hav much beter result out of last 2 games.thr is no disciplin in bawlling,deliveries made all ovr the pitch just to swing the bat for inform playrs like Kholi. had SL were chasing this total and had lost the 1st wiket in 1at ovr without score that wuld hav been enogh to whole innig strugel, immediately SL start bogged down and r/rate wil climb 5 to 7,8 with 5 overs span when some one like Sanga start bating at 3.See how kholi build his inning and accelarate at end.this is the different with Sanga, he let bawlrs dominate and play test type of innings & u wil run out of balls to score @ the end.even even Tharange does not have good Strik rate,finaly match is all about scoring runs to win

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 18:12 GMT)

hmm marvelous ton by kohli and i think tiwary is a better placement for rahul sharma and i think he is better than rohit sharma in this series has he proved himself

Posted by fahad3057 on (July 31, 2012, 18:09 GMT)

Virat kohli is in form of his life.....everything which he is doing in his batting is working, he is so pleasing to watch when he drives throgh the one side...Hats off to a young guy...:_)

Posted by golgoal on (July 31, 2012, 18:05 GMT)

Very very strong performance from India. Well done boys. Better luck to Lanka next time. And hope you guys have Sanga back soon. He is key player.

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

So wonder howz Sachin doing these days? Time to retire or may be take couple of years off cricket and start all over again- PATHETIC.

Posted by philipsmgp on (July 31, 2012, 18:00 GMT)

Srilankan team selection is just bizzare... they are going in with just two specialist bowlers... and the rest are all rounders who would never performl like a specialist bowler....they need to get their strategy right...4 specialist bowlers and 2 allrounders mathews and perera....and 5 batsmen....that would be the suitable combination,,,,,

Posted by mark2011 on (July 31, 2012, 17:54 GMT)

onc again same type of pitch, same toss win for SL &batting 1st & losing..strategicaly SL has doing wrong. in past they had spinners and pitches made for spin bowling and they were able to defend competitive total..but now neither spin nor good fast bawling, SL team is no whre. It is clear u cant win matchs without atleat 2 main striking bawlers. surprisingly de threw wikts fo part time bawlrs.this is poor criket from SL. some basic fielding rules r not folowed, no body is backing the wiket of bawlers end and balls threw to boundry instead of cuting singles, fetching 5 runs.aftr geting 1st wiket in 1st ovr whre is the presure, Ind scored 50 by 9th ovr, malinga balled 1st spell good, but othr end 4s r flowing.this is been the case, on the othr hand when SL bating de cudnt manage singles & bogged down.all going wrong and more important as I mentioned earlier, SL is playing for Indis strength,condition mor suits them than SL.that's why strategy is wrong ow u win matchs then??god bless SL

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 17:53 GMT)

well virat played well, but da way lankans fielded was very dissapointing, their body language was not upto standards though they hada a morethan a chance after taking wickets @ regular intervals. whatever happend its past now. dey should rest all the top guns from this SLPL and must focus on the T20 world cup !!

Posted by mucheemaann on (July 31, 2012, 17:49 GMT)

@Eat_sleep_play_cricket: I don't eat or sleep cricket; but I do see it as crazy to give easy hits to tailenders by bowling part time spinners at the end of the innings. Particularly when you have so called world class pace bowlers.

Posted by foooooooooooooooooo on (July 31, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

LOL

SRI LANKA CAN NEVER WIN FROM INDIA THESE DAYS.

THERE WAS A TIME WHEN SRI LANKA USED TO DOMINATE INDIA BUT NOT ANYMORE !!!!

Posted by Hello13 on (July 31, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

fr600- Must be hard, not finding 11 players from your own country to represent you.

Posted by Sinhaya on (July 31, 2012, 17:39 GMT)

Congratulations India and I have to say our fielding was disgusting and pathetic! Cant blame Dharmasena's howlers but today's performance was woeful and India truly deserved to be winners. I cant understand why did n't Mahela send Thisara up the order rather than sending him in the 47th over!!

Posted by superstar100 on (July 31, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

kohli kohli i dont have words for you !!! you r such a genious !!!! i have read that sri lankans taking about drs LOL if you miss easy catches even ZIM can beat you sure !!! last time India beat sri lanka 4-1 and now also beat with same stats !!!!

Posted by half_blood-prince on (July 31, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

good work india..i know slankans will be speechless from right now as they predicted themselves to win by 5-0

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

Kohli was very lucky, he played horribly in the beginning and there were many chances that were missed by sri lankans. Still a good innings in the end though

Posted by Arunnrajj on (July 31, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

Virat Kohli rocks. He has a perfect chance to beat V. Richards record of the fastest to reach 4000 ODI runs in 88 innings. Kohli is playing his 86th innings now and already has 3845 ODI runs. C'mon Man, You can do it! :)

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 17:23 GMT)

SL facing the same problem (especially after Murali's retirement) which Team India has been and that is Wicket Taking Bowlers !

Posted by CRKS on (July 31, 2012, 17:21 GMT)

so.. get ready for excuses.....

Posted by Sarangarajan on (July 31, 2012, 17:19 GMT)

Virat Kohli's batting and his overall application to the game is very pleasing. Had the privilege of watching him leading India Under19 world cup team some time back. Truly, one could see a good leader and a very confident batsman in him.Used to point out to my sons that" here was a future captain and a very good batsman for India i n the times to come". Am very glad that my hopes and predictions are coming true through Virat Kohli.The way he applies to batting and his dominating approach to the game reminds me of the old 'Sachin day's. Keep it up Virat. You have miles to go.

Posted by Tusker17 on (July 31, 2012, 17:19 GMT)

Well played young man and well played India. Utter pathetic inexcusable guttless batting display by the Sri Lankans. India deserved to win ! Jayawardena should stop his usual learn from mistakes and come bck strong nonsence of excuses and get things right. We are playing at home not in Australia!!!

And please bloody get rid of Tharanga !

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

Congrats India and hard luck Lanka Hopefully for the last game remaining bench Players will get a chance as the series is already Pocketed

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

@ sanga_cricket_fan: Exactly my words about Thirimane; He is a kind of player who can stabilize the innings but won't hit boundaries after boundaries. There's no point in sending him @ 6 or 7 or 8. I think, he will be more successful in Tests.

Posted by Alexk400 on (July 31, 2012, 17:17 GMT)

I was talking about raina not making century but kohli making tons...now everyone talking about moving raina up. That seal rhit sharma experiment. He might get another chance at number 6. Rahane may replace sehwag and sehwag needs to lead the team with batting without sachin there with lot of youngsters in the team. He can't throw his wickets away. He needs to be more responsible and build inning. Tiwari is multi skilled cricketer but i am not sure he is the guy you need in pressure situation. That said he does his share of production. I want to see rahane making century by opening inning. That gives a replacement for sehwag if his lean patch continues.

Posted by big_cheese on (July 31, 2012, 17:15 GMT)

When are Sri Lankan captains, Sanga & Mahela in particular, stop saying - We lost because we didn't play well - We won because we played well? There is something called 'giving-credit-to-opposition', no harm in praising your rivals if they played well. The whole world knows that, "you lose if you don't play well"!

Posted by Hardy1 on (July 31, 2012, 17:15 GMT)

What's more important though is the BOWLING, in ODIs and t20s you can get away with ineffective bowling but as a fan it's so dissatisfying to see poor bowling & you won't be spared in test cricket. Yadav needs to be persisted with but it saddens me that India & Sri Lanka are so short in their bowling when you compare them to the likes of England, South Africa, Pakistan & even Australia. They had the great spinners but now even they're gone, along with Vaas too.

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

Lets NOT bash SL team, guys nd GIRLS :) . I know some SL fans really go after Team India but most of them are good. Be sarcastic, if you wish to but do NOT insult them. We all know we are good on sub-continent pitches, but when we go outside we struggle and struggle horribly. Same is with Lanka and Pakistan too. BCCI should prepare at least decent pitches that must help fast bowlers too. It will server 2 purposes :- 1) Indian batsmen will learn to survive on Fast Tracks which is needed in Test Cricket 2) It will also encourage Ind fast bowlers to bowl with more pace. What happens now our fast bowlers in domestic circuit gets PWNED by batsmen badly on 'Spinning Tracks' which lets them down. Only spinners get help. This is the main reason why Ind don't produce Fast bowlers (Umesh being exception) and why Ind batsmen (except SRT & Dravid) generally don't succeed outside sub-continent. Btw, Congratulations to India for winning a meaningless series. Fed up of seeing Ind vs SL again n again.

Posted by Romenevans on (July 31, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

Yaaaaaaawwwn! Request To BCCI - Please no more series against Sri Lanka, because we all are tired of thrashing them again and again and then hear their fans whining here on cricinfo. Even ireland will do, but Sri Lanka, Please! Btw Kohli you beauty....Yet another match winning innings.

Posted by Hardy1 on (July 31, 2012, 17:12 GMT)

Good series win for India with Kohli & Raina in fantastic form. Those 2, MS & Gambhir should be the mainstays of the batting lineup but as everyone has said, Rohit needs a gargantuan century in the last match to deserve another chance now (I'm sure he won't be dropped given it's a dead rubber now).

I think Rahane deserves a chance more than anyone else personally & tbh I know it won't happen but I'd drop Sehwag for him, the guy's been woefully out of form for too long. That would free up two spots for Rahane & another young(ish) player like Tiwary, Pujara, Mukund etc. Come to think of it, does anyone know why so many Indian batsmen have such high first class averages but never seem to play test cricket?

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 17:09 GMT)

i like his temperment and patience to hit a ball like laddo

Posted by rk_ks on (July 31, 2012, 17:08 GMT)

what happened to the lions? No one is commenting. India is a weak opposition, yes India can only play well on a flat track. But the lions lost to a weak opposition and flat track bullies. Lions cannot win on flat tracks? is that the outcome.

Posted by Temuzin on (July 31, 2012, 17:06 GMT)

Is this a Micromax cup? I thought its emperor Nohit Sharma Cup. ha ha ha ha ha

Posted by happy-go-lucky on (July 31, 2012, 17:04 GMT)

Before this series SL fans here were predicting 5-0 whitewash against Indian "flat-track bullies".

Excuses SL fans make:

1. Indians are flat-track bullies. (We all know how well SL plays on those green SA/Aus tracks. Also this is your home series, make whatever track that suites you!)

2. India won because they won the toss. (In this series both teams won the toss twice)

3. India won because of dew.

4. India won because there is no DRS. (Hellooo, isnt one umpire from SL and one neutral?)

5. India won because they are lucky

6. India won because sun rose from east (If only sun had risen from west....)

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 17:02 GMT)

Dont get too excited about the win, especially after two big umpire blunders. At least mahela will not whine like dhoni does after a loss; blaming on pitches and umpire decisions . Nonetheless hats off kohli, beautifully played.

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 17:01 GMT)

Sri Lanka has forgotten to use their spinning power and part timers to this type slow peaches specially last two matches.That's why SL lost Asia cup Indian tower.Today SL play baldly.any way Congrate... India

Posted by kaidranzer on (July 31, 2012, 17:00 GMT)

@Narbavi: Take it easy, mate. Sanga wasn't playing in this match.

Posted by Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on (July 31, 2012, 16:58 GMT)

@siriherath : YES! well said mate...We watched you guys from last 12 months and we know Lanka had an off day in CB series, off day in ASIA cup, and off DAY(s) now 1st odi, 3rd ODI and 4th ODI. I would rather call the 2nd ODI has - LANKA had an off day!

Posted by cool2cool on (July 31, 2012, 16:57 GMT)

Before the series, SL will win 5-0 After 1st match, SL will win 4-1 After 2nd match, SL will win 4-1 After 3rd match, SL will win 3-2 After 4th match, SL will win 2-3 After 5th match, SL will win 1-4......

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 16:57 GMT)

I really dont think that Rohit should be dropped... I still remember Dada had also passed through a same stage as of Rohit... When team is performing well, players should back him... Rahane and Tiwary are inform players but they are in their budding stage.. They would get their chances....

Posted by Muhtasim13 on (July 31, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

Well done India. But Rahul bowled much better than Dinda & Pathan in the last match and got the most important wicket for India (Jayawardena's), so it was quite harsh to drop him in this match. And how long is Rahane going to be ignored while Rohit gets a new chance every single day

Posted by nitharsh on (July 31, 2012, 16:55 GMT)

I heartly congragulate kohli and the Sir Mr.Kumar Dharmasena and the honest Raina.I forgot to mention srilankan cricket administrators who prepared an excellent cricket shedule and managed the workload of Srilankan cricketers.Thank you all.Sanga and Kula enjoy the rest.

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 16:54 GMT)

@ fr600: Eng and Aus were whitewashed by India 5-0 and 2-0 respectively in India, the same way Ind was whitewashed by them in their backyard. Conclusion :- Everyone plays Good Cricket in their home and struggle outside. SA is the only team that can be termed as 'MORE' consistent.

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 16:53 GMT)

Congrats virat and team India. U r the GEM of indian cricket. Tiwary by far is a better player than Rohit. He showed this today by his bowling, fielding and batting (Scored more runs than a summation of rohit's total in last 5 innings)

Posted by Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on (July 31, 2012, 16:53 GMT)

@ananthds : I wonder if you really follow cricket. Rahul was brought on to bowl because all spinners were extracting spin and Manoj was given last over was because he picked 4 wickets and well deserved to pick 5 wickets, which would have done wonders to his confidence. Next time please THINK!..

Posted by 777aditya on (July 31, 2012, 16:52 GMT)

Kohli is almost as unbelievable as Rohit - wicked steep parabola! Kohli has managed to score his 13th century already and he is yet to play 100 ODIs @ 2 centuries in every 13 games!!!! both are a truly a statistician's delight.

pooRohit beSharma is the new Trojan version of the Bombay Duck virus (Agarkar can now rest in peace) and the Lords century notwithstanding, he was not even a specialist batsman. Tiwary's 4 was not a fluke, he actually bowled some pretty good balls - but for a man who models himself after KP, he should be more attacking in his batting though. again, a wonderful hand by Raina in his 150th match - good win this!

Posted by Htc-Android on (July 31, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

whats wrong with these sri lankan batsmen. couldnt hit the part time bowlers of india. in the last 15 overs india dint use single front line bowler(except ashwin). by the way thirimanne batted well. he rotated the strike very well. remember he dint hit a single boundary and yet he maneged a strike rate of 66. thats the type of batsmen sri lanka needs. so please dont waste him by sending him at no.6 or no.7 if you want play him please let him open the innings or let him bat at no.3. otherwise please dont include him.

Posted by Chandima.Ceylon on (July 31, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

@Narbavi INDIA is very far in front of SRI LANKA.No doubt about it.But why Indian fans try to drop Rohith.Even though he fail in every match, INDIAN can win throughout the series.If you make drop Sri Lankan worse cricketers, we will end up with 2 or 3 remained heh heee

Posted by siriherath on (July 31, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

The odd win when the opposition has an off day surely cannot hide the thread-bare frailty of Sri Lankan bowling 'force'. As I've said before on cricinfo, the powers-that-be need to take that finger out and start looking for a batch of competitive bowlers. Competitive, not just guys who can bowl like hell risking even detachment of their heads. Miscellaneous factors some might point their fingers at for losing this match and the one before, such as dropped catches and fielding lapses in themselves aren't the main issues. For, when you get belted by a couple of talented but very young blokes,(twice in one week at that), the whole team inevitably is sucked into that sinking feeling - heads roll, shoulders fall and mistakes are a plenty. Effective fast bowlers need to learn to bowl wicket to wicket aiming for the top of off stump, time and again, with the odd surprise bouncer and the deceptive slow delivery. More chances of breaking down the batsmen this way. Will SLC Management learn?

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 16:38 GMT)

I told U so, Kohli will century. OH and they put the wrong Sharma on the bench. Lets see who is riding the bench the next game. Great win India.

Posted by fakir_jeidi on (July 31, 2012, 16:38 GMT)

This guy KOHLI making cricket a child game. If he continue playing like this people will loose interest from cricket :)

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 16:38 GMT)

Feeling bad for all the SL fans who forecasted a white wash for India...now plz admit it,SL is nt gud enough to win series against Ind..Kohli has bullied Mallinga and for those who were making merry for Perera...jst check his performance in last two games..yes,we may hv lost to Eng and Aus,n may b v r flat track bullies..bt v r better dan those who cant evn win on so called flat tracks n home conditions..

Posted by Narbavi on (July 31, 2012, 16:34 GMT)

Yes we lost 4-0 in england and in australia!! But we never lost to you lankans like that, we thrashed u at our home, and now over the years we are beating you in your own backyard too, talk now guys! Talk now, where is that lankan fan who gave us an education on sanga here in cricinfo, lets see if he or any other guy can give us an education on how lanka is better than India!!

Posted by CAJOSEPH on (July 31, 2012, 16:33 GMT)

Wow... some SL fans predicted a 5-0 whitewash.. how does humble pie taste? Never underestimate your opponent... especially against whom you have not won a bilateral series for 15 years... what a joke...

Posted by SoulTaker on (July 31, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

so a joker here still thinks Eng is one of the best sides...wat a joke...ya..thats y they got thrashed 5-0 in Ind...cricinfo pls publish

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (July 31, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

CONGRATS !! to the World Champions !! Yet another supreme performance against SL. SIR Virat, take a bow you beauty. What an amazing innings. Absolutely breath taking. Haters will keep hating !! India are SUPREME in ODI cricket. Who cares about the rankings. That's a joke from the ICC. Performances are what matters and India deserve this series victory. Good luck next time SL. Also, a word to Tiwary on his splendid bowling. Well done bro.

Posted by NP_NY on (July 31, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

Nicely done India! SL cannot stop Kohli. This match showed the value of Sanga, although India too played without their ace one-day player Yuvi the whole tournament. SL curators tried to make the pitch different so SL will have an advantage, but that worked in India's favor. This proves SL fans theory wrong (once again) that India can only win on one type of pitches.

Posted by Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on (July 31, 2012, 16:31 GMT)

@all SL Fans: wow! So far we know SL were the last team to beat Eng in 2010 - YES! considering the way Eng played in 2010 any team fancied their chances, even IRELAND chased 327. We also know how bravely LANKA put up a fight in SAF - Any hosting country would love to tease a little bit and entertain crowd when a visiting team was bundled out for 40 in 1st odi. Yes, we also know Lanka reached CB series finals YET! lost the final comfortably against Aus. Only guy who could have rescued Lanka was Sanga, but again he gave up hope after 3rd game. By the way, he would have justified the CYCLE man of the Series with his amazing run rate. Wishing you all the best for t20 worldcup (Sure Zimbabwe and SAF will fancy their chances for next round) and Aus tour later this year (No wonder OZ picked perfect team to regain their lost confidence). - Wishes from India

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 16:31 GMT)

Congrts to all indians............

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 16:30 GMT)

Both Sri Lanka and Indian Cricket Teams rock. :)

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (July 31, 2012, 16:29 GMT)

@fr600: Winning and losing is a part of sport. It's sad some people don't realize that. Chill buddy ! India are world champions and SUPREME in ODI cricket.

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 16:29 GMT)

Kohli..I have no hesitation in saying that he is currently the best ODI batsman of the world irrespective of anyone's consent.keep it up

Posted by mucheemaann on (July 31, 2012, 16:29 GMT)

Any doubt that Dhoni likes NOHIT and hates Manoj Tiwary? Dhoni dropped Rahul Sharma and included Manoj and puts pressure on Manoj to performa s a bowler? When Manoj got wickets, Dhoni gave ball to Rohit hoping that he could get a wicket or two and neutralize Manoj's bowling achievement. When that did not work quite well, he gave last over to Manoj when Zaheer and Irfan have 4 overs each left?

Posted by Dashgar on (July 31, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

Terrible game by SL, haven't seen a team bowl and field that badly in a long time. Also very poor in the batting considering India used mainly part timers. Overall an abysmal display by a home team. India were ok but hardly world class.

Posted by yorkslanka on (July 31, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

congrats to India on a series win..you have been the better team in the series and maybe one day we will shake our hoodoo against you guys, but for the moment, you have the upper hand on us..well done..to Sl, lets salvage some pride and at least make it 3-2..

Posted by Venki_indian on (July 31, 2012, 16:26 GMT)

ordinary batting, ordinary fielding, ordinary bowling, ordinary Srilanka, ordinary series as usual

Posted by perl57 on (July 31, 2012, 16:25 GMT)

Great Kohli. Great one. Looks like SL is better suited to play other teams. They would not like to see India. I have seen several challenges made by SL audience in this series saying "let the series be over and you would see..." but we have the same thing to see. Cybernetics: These victories are coming off the back of only Kohli. (Others were not needed). Because he can play malinga with absolute ease. As for SL, better start with Bangladesh. They are better suited to play you guys. You are no match for world champions.

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 16:24 GMT)

congrats team india and kohli

Posted by Narbavi on (July 31, 2012, 16:23 GMT)

INDIA IN LANKA OVER THE LAST 4YEARS:

2008: WON THE SERIES 3-2 2009: WON THE SERIES 4-1 2009: WON THE TRI SERIES 2010: LOST THE TRISERIES 2010: WON THE ASIA CUP 2012: WON THE SERIES AGAIN

if this isn't enough to prove india is better than lanka then i don't know what else is!!

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 16:22 GMT)

Easy win for india.. they wrap up the series in style :)

Posted by Temuzin on (July 31, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

Kohli " The conqueror of Sri Lanka" is real talent, unlike our* Emperor NOHIT Sharma" who can bat only in the nets.

Kohli finished his 13th hundred in just 86 matches and the closest to his record is AB Deviliers who took 121 innings. Go Kohli go.

And Emperor NOHIT SHARMA can remain in the team for as long as his God Father wishes him to be.

Posted by CricfanAarshi on (July 31, 2012, 16:10 GMT)

Amazzzzzing Virat!!! Congrats on ur 13th ODI hundred n many more 2 come! Loved the sixer! =)

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 16:09 GMT)

Too many faults in technique for Rohit...................He is simply not good enough

Posted by Cricfan_99 on (July 31, 2012, 15:43 GMT)

India Vs SL- the last 5 ODI series against each other Sri Lanka in India ODI Series, 2005/06 Result - India 6-1 (7) Sri Lanka in India ODI Series, 2006/07 Result - India 2-1 (4) India in Sri Lanka ODI Series, 2008/09 Result - India 4-1 (5) Sri Lanka in India ODI Series, 2009/10 Result - India 3-1 (5) Compaq Cup, 2009 (In Srilanka) Results - Winner - India Do i need to say any more to SL Fans?? when was the last time your team won a ODI series against India - even at Home??? I have not even mentioned the most important ODI of ALL - World Cup Final 2011 !!! Enough said

Cricinfo - Please Publish!!!

Posted by RockcityGuy on (July 31, 2012, 15:37 GMT)

@fr600...england in tests 2012..9 played 5 LOST...last series AUS played...LOST 5-0...talk about best teams...such a joke...:-)

Posted by Temuzin on (July 31, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

What hav e critics to say now about the Emperor Nohit Sharma? Kohli on the ohterhand leading the charge to win this match.

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 15:01 GMT)

Rohit Sharma's poor form continues.It may be the end of his career in ODI.I think in the next match Rohit's place will be filled by Rahane.A very good talented young guy.Who can be the opener with Sewag.Gambhir can come down at NO.3.Because he needs to settle down.

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 14:59 GMT)

fr600....lolz....look at 2 world cup finalist play

Posted by Temuzin on (July 31, 2012, 14:53 GMT)

So our Nohit has improved his batting performance by 400 times or is it 4000 times or is it only 4 times? heck my calculations with zero has never been good. So you guys figure it out. lol..

Nohit the super talented guy in India has 000 and then a fantastic 4 run inning in four matches. He has effectively silenced his critics who were calling him a NOHIT. You see what faith in his abilities can do to the team. Ultimately he was able to score FOUR runs. Now he can play another seriese safely.

Posted by Gopal321 on (July 31, 2012, 14:52 GMT)

WOW do u guys like the earthquakes between balls or the train going through. This 10 sports telecast is the worst I have seen

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

Cant understand why Dhoni is not kicking Rohit Sharma out of his team.Ajinkya Rehane is the best option than this useless player.........

Posted by Gopal321 on (July 31, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

Hey guys, what about this telecast by 10 sports. in Hong Kong you never know what happened to the shot after the last ball or just before the first ball is played. This telecast is worse that Neo or maybe 10 sports have hired the same guy who worked for Neo. This telecasyt gives a damn for viewing pleasure so as consumers what sat we do not buy the products advertised. Or maybe we can ask BCCI to shut these 10 sports guys down as far as Indian cricket is concerned.

Posted by Empire_Of_Cricket on (July 31, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

@ fr600: But Both these India & Sri Lanka were the Finalists in World-Cup 2011. When the rest Aus, Eng & SA couldn't get thru...Don't blame the team,s for "NO" good reason...

Posted by jezzastyles on (July 31, 2012, 14:27 GMT)

A very evenly poised game at this stage - IND 3 for 61 after 14-overs. No surprise to see the ever consistent Rohit Sharma depart for a paltry 4 runs, LBW again. They'll probably continue to ignore results/form, there's only one game left, so they'll probably extend yet another lifeline to him. May the best team win.

Posted by Ultra_Sl_Cricket on (July 31, 2012, 13:15 GMT)

That Last over Can (the match is not finished yet) even be the difference between the match, i mean dhoni should have bowled zaheer khan instead of tiwary..it went for 18 Runs!!...anyway im not an indian fan .. but i hope SL will somehow go and win this match...hoping some good bowling and a typical and brilliant perfomances in the feild..ah Malinga's Picked up a wicket already in the first Over....yeah, quite some time we didnt see good stats from him.

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 13:07 GMT)

Rohit Sharma is pegged by many analysts to be a permanent fixture on the Indian cricket team in the next decade. So I would say a good decision to give him one more chance. And justice has been done to Manoj Tiwary too by giving him a chance today. And Ajinkya should get a chance in this year's T 20 WC because of his good performance in the IPL. So all is well as of now.!

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

Good time n Bad time: Ask manoj tiwary about wat is good time and ask rohit about bad time!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 12:51 GMT)

Such a pathetic display of batting by the Sri Lankans. It was so disgusting to see how they struggled against mediocre Indian bowling...

Posted by Suhailmarsh on (July 31, 2012, 12:43 GMT)

Good decision by Dhoni to give a chance to Rohit again. He is a great allrounder with lots of abiliy to demolish any bowlers with bat and any bowlers with ball. Great work also by Manoj

Posted by mjee on (July 31, 2012, 12:30 GMT)

What was Matthews doing batting so slow...SL bats deep. He needs to kick on more and stop thinking he is the only superstar in the side... 12 off 34 balls - doesn't look too good when you get out after wasting 5 overs... Made the same mistake last match where Jeevan scored quickly to balance out. Need as many as you can get with India.

Posted by Resultpredictor on (July 31, 2012, 12:25 GMT)

Good bowling by India especially by part timers, India will win this match and series

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 12:03 GMT)

What's happening with the Sri Lankan selections for the games versus India? They had great bowlers last year like Dhammika Prasad, Sachithra Senanayake & Farveez Maharoof but none of those players feature here anymore?? Think it's time they're brought back into the team as Kulasekara's injury has left a deep void in the team plus these players were very instrumental in Sri Lanka doing well in Australia as well for the Tri-Series at the start of the year 2012

Posted by fr600 on (July 31, 2012, 11:48 GMT)

Look at the two losers of asia cup play. Aus, Eng and SA are still the best teams.

Posted by vak1997 on (July 31, 2012, 11:30 GMT)

it would be better to give Rahane to be given a chance. Rohit needs a break..

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 11:24 GMT)

This kind of selection befuddles both spectators & players alike because now what happens is that only Zaheer, Pathan, Ashwin & Dinda will bowl their quota of 40 overs assuredly with 10 overs to be shared between the likes of Viru Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina etc which is a tough situation to manage for the captain. Also Dinda was so expensive in the last match @ 7.60 runs/over so it will be a nightmare for Dhoni to keep the runs down. The best selection in this match would have been to retain Rahul Sharma (5.6 Runs/Over~2nd ODI) which wasn't a bad effort or bring in Ajinkya Rahane for Sehwag & Manoj Tiwari for Dinda

Posted by drinks_break on (July 31, 2012, 11:12 GMT)

This is unbelievable. Sometime MSD can be so adamant that he doesnt see the truth. Rohit Sharma doesnt deserve a place in this team. In fact I wouldnt even consider him for my street cricket team.

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 11:05 GMT)

Would have like to see Yadav have a go at the inexpirienced Lankan middle oreder instead of Dinda- who is a good bowler but lacks Yadav's pace. And whats up with Dhoni. Give someone else a chance! Play Rahane and Tiwari! Why always Rohit Sharma. Drop him, chastise him and send him back to the basics!

Posted by TheOrestes on (July 31, 2012, 10:48 GMT)

Huh? I actually read "Tiwary for Rohit" only to notice its for Rahul ... I mean ... what?? Ridiculous Selection criteria... Ok Rohit makes batting look easy ( in the nets ) , but at the moment he is finding it hard in the match! Why kick Rahul? Today if he scores 50 .. keep him in the team for next 20 odd matches? I feel really very bad watchin Rahane sitting in the dugout ... Where is the Justice?!!?

Posted by neerajprasher on (July 31, 2012, 9:52 GMT)

Why Rohit Sharma in team should give chance to Rahane instead of sharma.they deceided to kick rahul out of the team.he was pretty good in last game.all credit goes to Rohit Well done who ever made that decision.come on MSD.

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 9:26 GMT)

Strange to see Dhoni's persistence with Rohit Sharma. Seems like he will give him enough chances to be able to score at least a 50 and then keep him in the team for another 15 matches. Time to give fair chances to players rather than persisting with non performers

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 9:24 GMT)

It was a good decision to retain Rohit Sharma. But Dinda could have been replaced by Yadav for this match.

Posted by fan2011 on (July 31, 2012, 9:14 GMT)

still going with rohit sharma... wow, i wish there others who were just as lucky

Posted by shantiratnamaj on (July 31, 2012, 9:01 GMT)

very good selection - shewag, raina, tiwary and rohit can share 10 overs among them and the other 4 good bowlers must not leave much to these part time guys for 10 overs.

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 8:58 GMT)

now who to bowl the remainig 10 overs it wil be viru nd raina??????????

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