India v Sri Lanka, tri-series, Port-of-Spain July 9, 2013

India need win, West Indies need Sri Lankan win


Match facts

Tuesday, July 9
Start time 0930 (1330 GMT)

Big Picture

Even in a tournament as short as this tri-series, there's time for plenty of twists and turns. Five days ago, West Indies were on top with two wins in two games, and seemed to be cruising to the finals. Instead, after two consecutive losses, they will spend Tuesday anxiously tracking the final league game, cheering Sri Lanka on against India. A defeat for India will send both Sri Lanka and West Indies through to the final.

Sri Lanka, after their 39-run rain-influenced victory over the home side, are the best placed of the three teams. Even with a game in hand, they have a share of the top spot and their run-rate is robust thanks to their 161-run thrashing of India last week. Unless they have an absolute horror outing today and lose by something in the range of 210 runs, they will be in the final.

India are currently the laggards, but a victory will almost certainly take them into the final at the expense of West Indies. For a target below 321, India can win off the last ball and still get their net run-rate above that of West Indies. For larger targets, India will need to win with a few deliveries to spare (or by a margin of a handful of runs).

Rain is expected in Port-of-Spain on Tuesday, however, and though there is a reserve day, in the event the match is washed out, India will be eliminated.

Form guide

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In the spotlight

Indian fans haven't quite warmed up to a tournament which came so quickly on the heels of a triumphant Champions Trophy, but their interest will have been stoked by the prospect of watching the man widely tipped to be India's next leader, Virat Kohli, taking charge. While he has matured rapidly in the past couple of years, his early reputation of being a hothead hasn't been completed wiped out. An early challenge will be to deal with the fallout of an on-field tiff between Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina, images of which have dominated cricket news in India over the past few days.

Dinesh Chandimal may have been promoted to the Sri Lankan vice-captaincy but his one-day record over the past year has been mediocre - just one half-century and seven single-digit scores in 15 innings. With Kumar Sangakkara keeping wicket, Chandimal is playing as a specialist batsman, and will need better numbers if he wants to keep other contenders at bay.

Team news

After their previous game stretched over two days, Sri Lanka will be playing on a third consecutive day. There might have been a temptation to give their spearhead Lasith Malinga a rest, but with Nuwan Kulasekara dislocating the ring finger of his left hand against West Indies, they are likely to play Malinga. With Kulasekara out for seven to ten days, Sri Lanka called up medium-pacer Suranga Lakmal as a replacement. Lakmal won't arrive in time for the game against India, but should be in Trinidad for the final.

Sri Lanka, surprisingly, left out Rangana Herath against West Indies and it remains to be seen whether they continue with Sachithra Senanayake as the lead spinner.

Sri Lanka (probable) 1 Mahela Jayawardene, 2 Upul Tharanga, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Dinesh Chandimal, 5 Angelo Mathews (capt), 6 Lahiru Thirimanne, 7 Jeevan Mendis, 8 Dilhara Lokuhettige, 9 Lasith Malinga, 10 Sachithra Senanayake, 11 Shaminda Eranga

India are likely to go in with the same combination that gave them a thumping 102-run win over West Indies on Friday.

India (probable) 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 6 M Vijay, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Umesh Yadav

Stats and trivia

  • India and Sri Lanka have played 40 ODIs between each other over the past five years - India have won 24 of those, while Sri Lanka have prevailed in 14
  • Ravindra Jadeja needs two more wickets to equal Mitchell McClenaghan as the highest wicket-taker for the year.
  • For stats on how Virat Kohli has mastered the art of ODI batting, click here.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • uncle bob on July 10, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    @Pavinasen: You were spot on with your feeling. Srilanka was bundled out for a paltry 94 runs. India crushed them with a superb bowling display by team India. Good job boys go get the cup.

  • Logan on July 10, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    RameshRayaprolu ,I get this strange feeling that India will have SL for breakfast.SL will loose by a big margin,enough to put India on top of the points table.

  • Ramesh on July 9, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    I wish rain pours again and again today and play and SL go through...anyway India is going to lose if the match its better that rain stops play than India losing :) !!

    I don't see a point India playing this match to try and get to final..that seems inevitably "impossible" :) !

  • uncle bob on July 9, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    You see why I dont support DK. This guy shows a lot of promise in a few early matches and then bombs one after another and becomes a liability. I dont know how some posters were suggesting to replace Dhoni permanently with DK. There is absolutely no comparison between these two. Dhoni is Dhoni and a legend. I think team should include DK for first two matches where he may score good and then bench him for the rest and then play him again for first two matches in next series. This will keep him focused.

  • uncle bob on July 9, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    @Nampally. I fully support you. Bring in Pujara to captain ODI side.

  • Dummy4 on July 9, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    Dhawan has been made hero too early and is now drowning in the heap of praise showered on him. If he continue to bat the way he is doing right now, very soon he will again be sitting on the bench. And there is no point comparing him with Sehwag. Dhawan, in fact, should be the opening partner of Sehwag.

  • Sinhhalaya on July 9, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    What nonsense about SL inevitably losing to India. SL is proud and capable and (hopefully) will play their best. In reality, losing to India is as bad as losing to any other top team in an ODI. Leads to despair. On the other hand, winning is the same, only the exact opposite feeling of exhilaration. India is our closest neighbour and friend. If memory serves, winning against India in the 1979 WC helped SL gain test status in 1982. Its somewhat like two siblings playing cricket in the backyard. Team India has been dominant under MSD's strong leadership. Now its the incredibly talented Kohli's turn. SL should be doubly determined to defeat the current best ODI team. That's how they can prove their mettle and class. My only hope is for a competitive game. In such a scenario, no matter who wins, congrats to both teams for the excitement and entertainment that will be (D.V./insh'allah/god willing) be provided. If a one sided game or a washout eventuates, cricket will be the loser.

  • Thyagarajan on July 9, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    Vijay or Rayudu doesn't make much of a difference. Vinay or Ishant doesn't make much of a difference. Bhuvi and Ashwin have to fire in the bowling department if India has to win. Dhawan/Kohli/Raina have to fire in batting department if India have to win. All these lesser mortals only will make a small difference in the margin of victory but not in the victory itself.

  • Suranga on July 9, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    this is a good chance for ppl like chandimal, thirimanne, kusal, mendis (who ever in the team) to step up n perform. if not its gonna be hard for them to keep a place in the team as dilshan, thisara, n some other youngsters r waiting to join in. batting order for SL need to be adjust and give them a chance. ppl always talk about batt around sanga n mahela. that need to be change. youngsters need to take charge and they need to play anchor rolls. 1.Mahela 2. chandimal 3. Thirimanne 4. Sanga 5. Mathews 6.Kusal 7. tharanga 8. Lokuhettige 9. Senanayake/Herath 10. Eranga 11. Malinga hope youngsters take this opportunity to perform.

  • Lakshminarayanan on July 9, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    Still SriLanka expecting Sanga & Mahela either one to stay at one end and score runs to win. Mathews should find the way to play without them for few matches and see what is the best balance side he can create for future like India playing without most seniors. The pitches in West Indies suits Srilanka to perform well. But Srilanka should beware of Young Indians. They can take the game away at ease. All the best Team India to beat Srilanka in the last league match and as well as the Final.

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