Sri Lanka v India, 5th ODI, Pallekele August 3, 2012

Chance for teams to iron out creases

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Match facts

Saturday, August 4
Start time 1430 (0900 GMT)

Big Picture

Sri Lanka handed over the series to India in Colombo with two failed attempts at defending the target but can end the series - this is also, surprisingly, their last ODI this year - on a positive note in Pallekele. They beat India in the second ODI in Hambantota and came close in the third ODI in Colombo, and if they get help from the cooler and cloudier climes of Pallekele, where India have never played, their medium pacers could be a handful.

However, in conditions that haven't favoured the bowlers, the difference between the two teams has been the batting. India have four batsmen among top five run-getters in the series to Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara, who is already out of the tournament with a finger injury. With Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene not firing, Sri Lanka's young batting - especially Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne - has lacked leadership to take full advantage of India's weakness in bowling. In the fourth ODI, India's part-time bowlers returned with the figures of 22-2-112-5 - a glaring example of where Sri Lanka lost their way.

Although India have already won the series, the problems that have plagued them in the past have surfaced again - Virender Sehwag remains erratic, Rohit Sharma's form has not yet returned and Manoj Tiwary is India's second most successful bowler in the series despite playing just one game. With a tough season looming, MS Dhoni would hope for some signs of improvement- and some clues to his best XI - along with a win in Pallekele.

Form guide


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

Irfan Pathan came in as a replacement for Vinay Kumar in the series but has done well with both bat and ball. He scored a crucial 34 not out in a match-winning partnership in the third ODI, but more importantly, he has got the ball to swing. He has bowled with an economy of 5, which is the best among India's seamers, and has picked up three wickets.

Sri Lanka's fielding has consistently been the best among the Asian teams, but in the current series the fielders have dropped a number of catches at critical moments and they have also given a lot of extra runs in overthrows. In the previous game itself, the team conceded two boundaries when the fielders failed to backup shies at stumps.

Team news

MS Dhoni had success with his seven batsmen formula in the previous match, and could continue with the same, which would mean another chance for Rohit. Ashok Dinda has played two games without creating much impact and could be replaced by Umesh Yadav.

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

Angelo Mathews indicated in a press conference that fringe players might get a chance. It could mean a game for Chamara Kapugedara and offspinner Sachithra Senanayake, both of whom haven't played in the first four matches.

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

Stats and trivia

  • India's bowlers have had only three five-wicket hauls in the last five years in ODIs, worst among all Test playing countries. Sri Lanka have most in this period - 19.
  • MS Dhoni is 17 runs away from becoming only the sixth batsman to score 2000 runs in India-Sri Lanka ODIs.

Quotes

"The numbers [Ashwin's figures] have not been bad; the ball is coming out really well and whatever I've been working on has also come out very well."
R Ashwin is satisfied with his bowling in the series.

"We've dropped quite a few catches in this series and I think that cost us the series. Especially, against the Indian batting line up, you can't drop that many catches."
Angelo Mathews blames the fielding lapses for the series loss.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor with ESPNcricinfo

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  • CricfanAarshi on August 4, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    WIN IT INDIA!!! Hope Virat spells wonders even today.

  • Min2_cric on August 4, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    rahane has made in 1 innings wat rohit managed in 4 innings...bttr i suppose...

  • Min2_cric on August 4, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    @vinod gud point...even if he scores a splended 1 run, he ll enter the fabulous 2 digit total in the series...lol

  • on August 4, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    @Min2_cric He is in the playing xi today even after a superb scoring of 9 runs in 4 matches. so its sure he will surely play in NZ series.

  • on August 4, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    It is STUPID or CRUEL or BOTH, not to give a chance to Rahane to play even in this dead rubber!

  • on August 4, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    @veerakannadiga you are right.

  • on August 4, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    indian team is doing unfair with rahane bring him in playing 11 n srilanka where r mahooruf n ajantha mendis wana c jayasuraya back

  • Min2_cric on August 4, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    r dere any chances of rohit gettin selected fr new zealand tour this month..??

  • on August 4, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    @US_Indian, I accept but Ashwin is as such doing ok, but Rohit Sharma is pathetic. But the players mentioned by you, really deserve chance. But this is the fate of Indian Cricket. Who knows probably Rohit Sharma might even captain Indian Team and if he fails at that time the BCCI and Selectors say is because of captaincy burden he fails otherwise he is playing well in nets, :-)

  • on August 4, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    PLAYING XI FOR INDIA SEHWAGH, GAMBHIR,VIRAT,MANOJ,RAHANE,DHONI,RAINA,PATHAN,UMESH,ZAHEER,OJHA

  • CricfanAarshi on August 4, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    WIN IT INDIA!!! Hope Virat spells wonders even today.

  • Min2_cric on August 4, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    rahane has made in 1 innings wat rohit managed in 4 innings...bttr i suppose...

  • Min2_cric on August 4, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    @vinod gud point...even if he scores a splended 1 run, he ll enter the fabulous 2 digit total in the series...lol

  • on August 4, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    @Min2_cric He is in the playing xi today even after a superb scoring of 9 runs in 4 matches. so its sure he will surely play in NZ series.

  • on August 4, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    It is STUPID or CRUEL or BOTH, not to give a chance to Rahane to play even in this dead rubber!

  • on August 4, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    @veerakannadiga you are right.

  • on August 4, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    indian team is doing unfair with rahane bring him in playing 11 n srilanka where r mahooruf n ajantha mendis wana c jayasuraya back

  • Min2_cric on August 4, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    r dere any chances of rohit gettin selected fr new zealand tour this month..??

  • on August 4, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    @US_Indian, I accept but Ashwin is as such doing ok, but Rohit Sharma is pathetic. But the players mentioned by you, really deserve chance. But this is the fate of Indian Cricket. Who knows probably Rohit Sharma might even captain Indian Team and if he fails at that time the BCCI and Selectors say is because of captaincy burden he fails otherwise he is playing well in nets, :-)

  • on August 4, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    PLAYING XI FOR INDIA SEHWAGH, GAMBHIR,VIRAT,MANOJ,RAHANE,DHONI,RAINA,PATHAN,UMESH,ZAHEER,OJHA

  • foooooooooooooooooo on August 4, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    INDIA SHOULD WIN THIS MATCH AGAIN.

    OTHERWISE I AM SURE THIS MATCH WILL BE FIXED.

    IN MY OPINION LOOKING AT LAST 10 MATCHES SRI LANKA CANNOT CANNOT JUST BEAT INDIA ANYWHERE.

  • rahuldravid_mr.cricket on August 4, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    who says dis is a dead rubber?? dis match is vry imp...india cn b no 2 if dey win dis one...plus if india whitewash nz in test series dey will bcome 3rd in test...and if dey beat nz in odi series dey will b on d top of odi rankings....india cn again top icc test ratings if dey beat eng rather whitewash dem as it wud b a revenge series...but come jan next yr...wen india will lose to safs nd will again lose deir top spot...i m just fed of dese rankin icc is just a joke...

  • on August 4, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    I THINK RAHANE SHOULD BE GIVEN A CHANCE HE HAD AN VERY GOOD IPL SEASON TILL NOW HE DID NOT GET A CHANCE IN THIS SERIES ROHIT HAS GIVEN MANY CHANCES HE DID NOT PROVE HIM SELF I THINK ROHIT SHOULD BE LEFT OUT AT LEAST FOR THIS MATCH AND RAHANE SHOULD BE GIVEN A CHANCE

  • DilshanRocks on August 4, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    @Charos. Dilshan has played the most ODIs by any batsmen in 2012, has 3 centuries this year and is 20 away from 1000 runs this year. 1 of those hundreds was against the no 1 team (Aus) and he averages 40 this year. He scored back to back Test tons against Pak too. Overall he is SLs second best batsman this year, with 3 tons, 3fifties and only two ducks. Dead star indeed!

  • veerakannadiga on August 4, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    @Raj2506 guy you need to phrase it better. If Rohit was a player from any other city/state, other than Mumbai, he would have been sacked long back.

  • DINESHCC on August 4, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    At last a glad news for both fans: This series will come to and end today.

  • on August 4, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    @ Charos How many number of chances will you recommend to Rohit Sharma? Are you people still support this trend of one player affinity formula. RP Singh was in the boat of Rohit Sharma some years back and now he is not even in probable list i suppose. And moreover there are many other waiting to get some chances to prove themselves. Your comment suggest one point Rohit Sharma is good in dead pitch not in a good pitch.

  • US_Indian on August 4, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    I wonder why certain players get more opportunities than they deserve even at the cost of team balance, pride , results etc. For example earlier it was Ravindra Jadeja, Rohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma, Vinay Kumar, now Ashwin. Why cant they give chances to guys like Rahul Sharma, Ojha, Uthappa, Balaji, Rayudu, Rahane, Mukund, Dhawan, Manish, Pujara, Abdulla,Munaf , Awana, Kamran khan etc. Guys rotate all available players on the national circuit, even some one from our A team and U19 team,test them, no matter what the result is atleast we can have a good pool of 15-30 players fit enough, proven enough from which to chose for the future specially keeping in mind the world cup 2015. I strongly believe if the BCCI do not make some foolish decisions, we will not have Sehwag, Zaheer, Sachin, Ashish Nehra maybe Yuvraj & Gambhir, cant say about Yousuf, Munaf, etc so it will be a good exercise to build the team for the future. I feel sorry for Rayudu,Uthappa, Karthick, what they need to do more?

  • Surajdon9 on August 4, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    Miss u Sanga.Get well soon........

  • on August 4, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    @ vikas kannan Valid point made what about players like badrinath out of the contention to be in squad a long ago. On another note India has won a silver medal in olymipcs hurrah!!!!

  • Charos on August 4, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    This dead rubber is a great chance for Sehwag, Rohit, Tharanga and Dilshan to shine . And make sure a place in a next match for their respective teams and to fail again. Good luck dead stars.

  • kirankumar55 on August 4, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    Its time for Rohit to go back to the domestic team to catch his form by that time RAHANE is the best player to replace. INDIAN batting line up is strong but bowling is being worst. BCCI is always concentrating on batting but failed to pick up a perfect all-rounder and bowlers(who can bowl above 140 speed). My team is GAMBHIR,SEHWAG,KOHLI,RAHANE,RAINA,TIWARI,DHONI,IRFAN PATHAN,ASHWIN,ZAHEER,UMESH.

  • Surajdon9 on August 4, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    Playing XI for SL:Dilshan, Jayawardane*,Angelo Mathews,Dinesh Chandimal,Thirimane,Upul Tharanga,T.Parera,L.Malinga,S.senanayake,Nuwan Pradeep....

  • on August 4, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    Virat you rock man. i think at this age virat is play more match wining knock than sachin. sachin is play for himself..for his won record. now a days,when ever sachin score a hundred, india lost that match!!! don't compare virat with sachin. virat score hundred india win and sachin score hundred india lost.

  • on August 4, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    go virat go. you are the real hero of team india. you are the best. you are the face off indian cricket.

  • on August 4, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    is d author crazy??? "Ashok Dinda has played two games without creating much impact and could be replaced by Umesh Yadav" ??? i think he forgot dat dinda got d breakthrough in d last odi wen india wanted it badly!! hw ridiculuos of d author 2 comment widout thinkin!! dinda is way better dan yadav!! period!

  • on August 4, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    SL should face facts!!! Chandimal has clearly failed to live up to expectations. Neither the rest of the batting line up (except for Sangakkara) has been consistent. Situation will be even worse once Mahela, Dilly and Sanga taken out of equation!! We are hiring Haroon Lorgat as a consultant while keeping greats like Michael Tissera and Sidath Wettimuni in sideline who know inside out of cricket in SL and what is best in terms of structure. Petty club cricket politics are pushing for their way rather than the best way for cricket in SL.

    SL will never come out of this system even if we discuss solutions till cows come home!! After all this is SL.

  • on August 4, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    @cricketsunami You are right. Dhoni will ask even the umpires to bowl a couple of over if needed. But Rohit Sharma will play. No one can question and the selectors will select him for all the matches, no matter what and as long as Dhoni is Indian captain. After all Rohit Sharma is great player in nets and he deserves many more chances to prove Dhoni, Gambhir, Sachin are wrong and we are all right.

  • AshanRox on August 4, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    Welcome to the most beautiful-est ground in Sri lanka. Bright sunshine and we are gonna witness a wonderful match. Unfortunately there is no "Sanga" in his home town. I hope Sri lanka win this, anyway win or lose its always a joy to watch a match here in Kandy:)

  • on August 4, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    One more chance for Mr. Rohit Sharma. This is what we call as affinity towards one person even though he doesn't do his job. Inspite of so many number of chances Mr. Rohit sharma has failed miserably, but still the captain has faith in him. What do we call this as. Will Badrinath, Rahane, Dinda, Rahul Sharma, Tiwary, Vijay, Mukund, Dawan get the same number of chances even though they fail? They are very clear what ever it is Mr. Rohit Sharma so called fantastic player in nets will play international level matches! Fantastic. :-(

  • Raj2506 on August 4, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    If Rohit sharma is a Tamilnadu player he would have been dropped within couple of matches after his debut

  • DeekaWeeratunga on August 4, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    I think this is a good time to try out our young guys. I know Kapugedera has received chances before, but those chances have all come at the No. 6 or 7 spot when he comes into a high stress situation at the end of an innings. I would love to see him come in at No. 3 or 4. He has had success batting up the order with List A, SL A and even earlier in his cricket career. And for everyone who thinks Kapu is a waste of time, he's ONLY 25! Let's try and develop him by putting him in situations where he can succeed and gain confidence. Let's give Mahela and Malinga a break, move Angelo up the order into No. 4 or 5, push Pradeep and Udana to lead the attack, get Sachithra going in the middle overs and let's see what all these young "prospects" can do. It's the perfect opportunity for these guys to show off their talents, especially against a world class side like India. Let's take a peek into the future!

  • pepsiman on August 4, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    I hope Gambhir and Virat Kohli are not the only ones contributing to India's success tomorrow, as they have been doing in the series. Sri Lanka have been too easy for them.

  • roversgate on August 4, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    @ KuttoorKuttan: While I agree, that the one taking a rest should be Dhoni primarily based on his batting. But who is going to wicket keep? Please dont say Raina, that would be a disaster, and India doesn't even have a second wicketkeeper in this squad.

  • on August 4, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    It time to send Rohit back home to find some other profession. At least national team is not for him. People like Rahane should get some opportunity after an excellent performance in IPL. From the best of my memory he did a nice job in England last summer.

  • Hareendra on August 4, 2012, 2:58 GMT

    Give Kapugedara another chance because he averages 25 with the bat in List A Cricket and has played around 80 ODIs with an even worse average. Why not make him a life-time-member of the team?

  • on August 4, 2012, 2:28 GMT

    my team.........sehwag,rahane,gambhir,rohit,tiwari,raina,dhoni,irfan,rahul,dinda,yadav.............best we can get

  • Nampally on August 4, 2012, 0:41 GMT

    It does not make sense for India to play the same XI as the last match. Dhoni needs to get Rahane off the bench & into the XI. He deserves a Bharat Ratna for his patience - benched so often along with Rahul Sharma & Tiwary. It does not cut it in a 15 man squad out to bench the same 3 guys consistently in 4 consecutive series - starting from the England tour. When India has already won the Rubber, let MSD be more generous by giving other youngsters a chance to play. Rohit has failed in 4 ODI's with scores of 5,0,0,4. Give him a break instead of making his average even worse!. Rohit needs to polish some fundamental flaws in his defence.He is always shaky before he gets into the double figures.In the last ODI he just escaped getting caught at Zero!. When you just get in, it is your defence that helps you till your eye is in.There is no point in having talent when your fundamentals are wrong. Save Rohit further embarassment & "Rest" him. Selfishness will rob player development.

  • Charos on August 4, 2012, 0:30 GMT

    Like SLankans, specially Sanga and Kula, have done exceptionally well against Pakistan, I ndians, specially Kohli, have done so against SL. SL is proving they are on and off, Indians should prove that is not the case in future. We need Asian teams to be more consistant in outside subcon. Wish a nail biter to enjoy this night. Good luck malinga and Kohli. A SL fan me.

  • on August 4, 2012, 0:29 GMT

    Rahane, Sehwag, Raina, Tiwary, Irfan, Sharma, Dhoni, Yadav, Rahul sharma, Dinda and Zaheer. These r ones who should play

  • warneneverchuck on August 3, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    Indians will be white washed again next year in india

  • maddy20 on August 3, 2012, 21:18 GMT

    Drop Sharma(Rohit Sharma) for Rahane. This is a good opportunity to test our bench strength.

  • KuttoorKuttan on August 3, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    I think Dhoni should take rest and give a chance to Kolhi. Rahane should open the innings with Sehwag. This is the best place to show that Dhoni is more looking to india's future rather than cement his place like some previous captains

  • Temuzin on August 3, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    Nohit's God Fathers in BCCI will not allow Dhoni to drop him. So Nohit will play fifth ODI no matter what. Moreover, he deserves to be in the team because he is best in the nets plus he has already scored a mighty FOUR runs in the last match. That is a vast improvements from 5,0,0 from previous matches.

    But to include Rahane Dhoni should drop another bowler say Dhinda and include 8 batsmen and 3 bowlers. Part timers such as kohli,raina,tewari,sehwag, and the Great Nohit will be able to share the bowling quota. And if India still needs a part timer, then Dhoni can also bowl his slow medium pacers. Go India go.

  • on August 3, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    If BCCI wants India to defend its WC trophy in 2015 then reduce the no. of matches India plays in sub-continent and try as many matches as possible with Aus, SA, Eng and NZ in their backyards. Only positive from this series is Irfan's comeback. He being a bowling all-rounder would be very handy in Aus and NZ conditions during WC.

  • on August 3, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    It's time to rethink about Rohit as well. To accommodate Rohit in the side Dhoni even dropped Sachin, Sehwag and Gambhir in between matches in Australia (In other words so called "Rotation Policy") By doing that Dhoni and the team management made a drift in the team itself. Does Rohit justified the chances he got by making a huge damage between the top players and Dhoni! Certainly not, Rohit should shamed of himself. He had enough! Give more chances to the likes of Rahane and Manoj.

    If I'm the selector i would pick the following 11 to play the final ODI in Kandy in the following batting order.( Though Rahane is an opener to utilize his potential talents could test him at Number 4 or 5, when comparing with the experiments India had with Rohit, I think it's alright)

    1. Sehwag 2. Gambhir 3. Kohli 4. Raina 5. Rahane 6. Dhoni 7. Tiwary 8. Pathan 9. Ashwin 10. Yadev 11. Dinda

  • on August 3, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    Thank God, we have finally reached the last ODI of the series. Now ICC, for God's sake, no more Ind-SL series till next year's Diwali. Bilateral series b/w these 2 countries has become like eating potato every day. Good chance for India to test all players sitting on bench but that might reduce their chances of winning but doesn't matter as I predicted before 4th ODI that India would win 4th and SL 5th, so I'm sticking to it. Btw, I'm ENJOYING Test battle between NZ n WI, and SA n Eng. Much more exciting than boring India-Sri Lanka matches.

  • MOHDsarfaraz on August 3, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    give rest to sehwag and its time to give chance to ajinkaya rahne,in place of rohit sharma,Rahul sharma should return.make team for T20 world cup,jai hind

  • on August 3, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    Rohit is a good and so he must be on plan for WC'2015.But that tournament is far ahead T20 world cup will be just 1 and half month ahead.So,take plan for this event. As,Rohit is not in form,give a chance to another batsman who has performed well in IPL'12

  • theswami on August 3, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    Let the successful guys sit out this match as it is a dead rubber. My team for the match. Gambhir, Rahane, Raina, Sharma, Sehwag, Tiwary, Dhoni, Rahul Sharma, Khan, Yadav, Dinda.

  • yorkslanka on August 3, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    if SLC has any brains about it, we will use tomorrow's match to try out five or six fringe / A team players...

  • on August 3, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    Playing on similar conditions "India's bowlers have had only three five-wicket hauls in the last five years in ODIs, worst among all Test playing countries. Sri Lanka have most in this period - 19." yet SL bowling failed miserably against Ind that tells how strong is Indian batting and how weak is Indian bowling

  • on August 3, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    rahane should get a chance in this match, since India have won the series, i would sit out sehwag, since he has failed again for India. Let rohit get a chance, he might prove himself with the last game left in the series, tiwari should def play again, to get another bat, and also a bowl. Ashwin is right as long as Indian team wins, i think we have a great team, and only person who is taking up space in lineup and on field, and making indian team weak is sehwag, with the bat, in the field, and no efforts to get better in nets, does not give a postive example to youngsters.

  • Sinhaya on August 3, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    Cricinfo has got it wrong. Please check Sri Lanka's future tours. This November SL will host NZ for 2 tests, 5 ODIs and a T20. So this will not be our last ODI for the year. Cricinfo, please publish.

  • on August 3, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    Since India have won the series, they can afford to leave out some in form players to give subs a chance. 1) Sehwag 2) Rahane 3) Kohli 4) Rohit 5)Tiwary 6) Raina 7) Dhoni 8) Irfan 9) Ojha 10) Umesh 11) Dinda. Sehwag can be given a chance considering he has been playing well but couldn't get big score except 1st ODI. Rahane should be given a to show his worth. Rohit should be given the last chance to perform for this season . Tiwary deserve a chance after last ODI's perform . Ojha and Umesh should be given a chance . Gambhir , Ashwin and Zaheer should be rested for the last ODI. This team can play tomorrow's match without changing team compostion of 7 batsmen and 4 bowlers .

  • anil_ck on August 3, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    I think this preview article is bit unfair in its assessment of Sehwag. It says Sehwag remains erratic,well i dont support that view,Viru in this series averages 37 with an impressive strike rate of 100.His strike rate alone helps india's cause in most games.

  • philipsmgp on August 3, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    Jits_SRTian.... i dont understand what u r trying to say.....Munaf was out just because of his terrible fittness... he would play 2 matches in a series and get injured for rest of the year.... the only while he is fit is when he plays the IPL.....

  • Ajithlk on August 3, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    SriLanka have lost the series. The only gain that is ideal is to test a few new players to see what they have in offer. There are many in the background, who deserve chances and if the think tank is serious of building the present and the future, tomorrows match will need to see some new names like Angelo Perera's, Ashens, Bhanuka's etc being given a go and rest one or two, from the usual seniors.

  • baranasai on August 3, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    Now that the series is sealed DShony should give chance to others who did not get a chance=eg Ajinka Rahane Umesh and may be Rahul Sharnma so that they will get some match practise

  • rsurya on August 3, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    Enough of this subcontinent matches, its like playing a video game in novice mode all the time. Now everyone will say Indian team is back on track, but it is always on track in subcontinent. we are complete strangers in non subcontinent pitches. 2014 Worldcup league matches will be very tough for us.

  • bddhika_harindat on August 3, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    Editor has said that this will be Sri Lanka's last ODI for this year, but that's wrong, as per FTP of ICC, there' one more full series between SL and New Zealand in Nov/Dec before SL embark on Aussie tour in December. Unless that tour being cancelled, SL to play 5 ODIs in that series with NZ.

    And for SL, this 5 ODI, they should not make too many changes just because they lost the series, ending the series at 3-2 is good given their bad performance in the field, where they should have won the 4th ODI after being pulled back IND 109 - 4 at one stage, they just let the game to IND by drppoing an important cath of Raina and few missed run outs. So they should only replace Herath with Sachiththara Senanayake, who's a handy ODI bowler for the future. Good luck SL!!!

  • on August 3, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    This is the last match and India have already won the series so Ajinkya rahane should play as well. Ajinkya rahane rohit sharma manoj tiwary all three of them should get chance to bat , shewag or gambhir can take a rest and make a way for rahane.

  • rairatank on August 3, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    Thanks Dhoni to change team composition so Rohit played one more match. Hopefully it will be same composition so Rohit can be accomodated and will score a big 100. He deserved it, he is best...he is most talented ever to play for India....he can score tripple hundred even in nets.....Go Rohit Go...

  • sumit176 on August 3, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    hope rahane gets a chance in final odi...anyways best of luck india

  • Cricketfan101 on August 3, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    @ my114wc11 i dont think it is last odi of the year for india because they play pakistan later on in the year around december but the dates are yet to be confirmed

  • vak1997 on August 3, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    Rahane should be given a chance. Rohit should sit out.

  • on August 3, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    There are more expectations from India, although they are doing very good performance with bat and bowl. Apart from that if they are doing their best fileding, no doubt no body can defeat India

  • Jits_SRTian on August 3, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    I have no clue why Dinda is still preferred over Yadav. It's not like he's a genuine wicket taker. This is how we squash the morale of quicks and reduce them to being pedestrian. The mentality hasn't changed over the decades. Dhoni looks no different than the earlier captains. Quicks need nurturing and Dhoni just doesn't seem to be getting the hint. If Dinda is preferred again I wont be surprised if Yadav goes Munaf's way!

  • on August 3, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    I stay near Pallekelle..Tomorrow 3 changes are expected from India and 2 changes from Sri Lanka...Gambhir, Ashwin and Zaheer will make way for Rahane, Rahul sharma and Umesh Yadav..As far as SL are concerned two changes will be Thirimanne and perera will make way for Kapugedera and Isuru Udana.

  • on August 3, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    In the probable Indian lineup, both manoj tiwary and suresh raina are no 6...

  • Arapode on August 3, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    More than Srilanka India should try their fringe players having pocketed the series.Sehwag should be rested and Rahane given a chance to to groom him in time for 2015 world Cup. Zaheer khan should be rested as well and Yadav,Rahul should be brought in. I don't see sehwag and zaheer in the team for 2015 world cup considering their fitness and sehwag's temperament as well. I suggest Zaheer retire from ODI and concentrate on TEST cricket only..

  • Cric299 on August 3, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Is this the last ODI of the year for India?

  • Tusker17 on August 3, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Hopefully we put up somesort of a face-saving show tomm. SL has been PATHETIC to say the least !

  • SLcrzy on August 3, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    I think kapu will more handful than tharanga...

  • roversgate on August 3, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    The probable eleven for India looks terrible. Its a dead rubber with an unassailable lead, why not try the bench strength? Here is what they should challenge themselves with: (1) Irfan Pathan (2) Ajinkya Rahane (3) Virat Kohli (4) Manoj Tiwary (5) Rohit Sharma (6) Suresh Raina (7) MS Dhoni (8) R. Ashwin (9) Umesh Yadav (10) Rahul Sharma (11) Ashok Dinda. Rahane has been on the bench and gets a game, Tiwary returns after a successful comeback, RG Sharma gets one last chance to prove his worth and Rahul Sharma gets more big match experience. Plus, Pathan and Rahane are left-hand/right hand - attacking/anchor batsmen competition similar to Gambhir and Sehwag. Kohli and Raina have too good tournaments to rest and Ashwin needs Sri Lanka experience ahead of World T20.

  • on August 3, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Hope Lankans & Malinga Will Bounce Back Power Fully!! Go Lions Gooo

  • sathish008 on August 3, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    I was expecting Rahane to play final ODI for Gauti, seems its not gonna happen.

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  • sathish008 on August 3, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    I was expecting Rahane to play final ODI for Gauti, seems its not gonna happen.

  • on August 3, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Hope Lankans & Malinga Will Bounce Back Power Fully!! Go Lions Gooo

  • roversgate on August 3, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    The probable eleven for India looks terrible. Its a dead rubber with an unassailable lead, why not try the bench strength? Here is what they should challenge themselves with: (1) Irfan Pathan (2) Ajinkya Rahane (3) Virat Kohli (4) Manoj Tiwary (5) Rohit Sharma (6) Suresh Raina (7) MS Dhoni (8) R. Ashwin (9) Umesh Yadav (10) Rahul Sharma (11) Ashok Dinda. Rahane has been on the bench and gets a game, Tiwary returns after a successful comeback, RG Sharma gets one last chance to prove his worth and Rahul Sharma gets more big match experience. Plus, Pathan and Rahane are left-hand/right hand - attacking/anchor batsmen competition similar to Gambhir and Sehwag. Kohli and Raina have too good tournaments to rest and Ashwin needs Sri Lanka experience ahead of World T20.

  • SLcrzy on August 3, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    I think kapu will more handful than tharanga...

  • Tusker17 on August 3, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Hopefully we put up somesort of a face-saving show tomm. SL has been PATHETIC to say the least !

  • Cric299 on August 3, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Is this the last ODI of the year for India?

  • Arapode on August 3, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    More than Srilanka India should try their fringe players having pocketed the series.Sehwag should be rested and Rahane given a chance to to groom him in time for 2015 world Cup. Zaheer khan should be rested as well and Yadav,Rahul should be brought in. I don't see sehwag and zaheer in the team for 2015 world cup considering their fitness and sehwag's temperament as well. I suggest Zaheer retire from ODI and concentrate on TEST cricket only..

  • on August 3, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    In the probable Indian lineup, both manoj tiwary and suresh raina are no 6...

  • on August 3, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    I stay near Pallekelle..Tomorrow 3 changes are expected from India and 2 changes from Sri Lanka...Gambhir, Ashwin and Zaheer will make way for Rahane, Rahul sharma and Umesh Yadav..As far as SL are concerned two changes will be Thirimanne and perera will make way for Kapugedera and Isuru Udana.

  • Jits_SRTian on August 3, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    I have no clue why Dinda is still preferred over Yadav. It's not like he's a genuine wicket taker. This is how we squash the morale of quicks and reduce them to being pedestrian. The mentality hasn't changed over the decades. Dhoni looks no different than the earlier captains. Quicks need nurturing and Dhoni just doesn't seem to be getting the hint. If Dinda is preferred again I wont be surprised if Yadav goes Munaf's way!