India v Sri Lanka, tri-series, Port-of-Spain

India need win, West Indies need Sri Lankan win

The Preview by Siddarth Ravindran

July 9, 2013

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Match facts

Tuesday, July 9
Start time 0930 (1330 GMT)

Angelo Mathews is mobbed after removing Virat Kohli, India v Sri Lanka, West Indies tri-series, Kingston, July 2, 2013
Even a narrow victory is enough for India to qualify, while Sri Lanka are through unless they lose by a margin of around 210 runs © AFP
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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.

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Posted by Temuzin 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.

Posted by Pavinasen 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.

Posted by RameshRayaprolu 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" :) !

Posted by Temuzin 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.

Posted by Temuzin on (July 9, 2013, 17:49 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.

Posted by Kavum 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.

Posted by Thyagu5432 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.

Posted by C0l0mb0 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.

Posted by naren1983 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.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 12:08 GMT)

Come on team India. I am sure every member of the team is eager to display their best. Especially Vijay. He must be feeling a bit upset about his exclusion from Zimbabwe tour. He is definately looking to show his mark in todays match. Todays match is do or die match for India as Sri Lanka is already made place in finals. Poor WI, just four days back they were on top and certain for their final place. But the two subcontinent teams displayed some extraordinary performance, now they are on verg of being out of tournament. They now fully depend on todays match and must be praying Srilankan victry. India onceagain hoping a excellent start from our promising opening pair Rohit Sharma & Shikhar Dhawan. On the opening stand rest middle order needs to built huge score. After two failures Virat came in form in last match against WI. But Raina, DK and sir still finding it difficult on WI tracks. All the best team India , Rohit & Virat !!!

Posted by Kavum on (July 9, 2013, 12:07 GMT)

IMHO SL needs to go back to their 1996 ODI formula tweaked to suit the new rules. Dashing openers - ideally LHB and RHB combo. Solid no. 3 who bats long and provides stability. Most accomplished batter at 4. At 5,6 & 7, good batters who can guarantee not to lose their wickets cheaply 7/10 times. Nos. 8 and 9, bowlers who can bat a bit. 10 and 11 specialist bowlers. One or two of the top 7 needs to be able to keep wicket and one or two of the top 7 needs to be able to bowl 5-10 overs. Nos 5 to 9 need to be able to maintain strike rates of close to/ over 90. A genuine batting/bowling all-rounder is a must which '96 SL did not really have except for Aravinda/Sanath who combined beautifully to provide that option. Angelo might fit the bill if given the chance and is free from injury. Bowling, SL needs a 3 seam 1 spin plus a 2 seam 2 spin option in the squad plus the all-rounder (above) to suit conditions. This SL squad ticks many boxes but not all. Can the selectors get it right?

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 12:05 GMT)

If Rayudu is anywhere in Port-of-Spain, get him to play. Throw out Murli Vijay, please. At 6, Rayudu is way better than Vijay. My Indian XI for today is 1. dhawan 2. Rohit 3. Kohli 4. Karthik (wk) 5. Raina 6. Rayudu 7. Jadeja 8. Ashwin 9. B Kumar 10. Yadav 11. I Sharma

Posted by couchpundit on (July 9, 2013, 12:03 GMT)

Ishant sharma is pinnacle of inconsistency, that doesnt mean mediocore bowler like Vinay needs a chance. Hopefuly no changes will be done to playing XI, What was that about Shammi much hype and that guy was not mentally tough to handle being tonked all around? Its not as if he was never beaten up in domestic circuit...he needs run up and mental adjustments, till then keep him away from international cricket.

Posted by PracticalGuy2013 on (July 9, 2013, 12:03 GMT)

@Herath-UK : I don't think Indians would mind SL resting some of their key players provided that there are no excuses after losing match of resting key players. Secondly, no offence but I think SL would rather face WI than IND in the final, what with their record against IND (one crushing victory over IND doesn't change the many crushing defeats that IND has inflicted on them, esp. in important ICC tournaments & at home). SL still has won only 3 or 4 matches out the last 13 0r 14 matches with IND winning 9 & 1 tie. So I believe SL would rather play their full side today, try to knock IND out & play WI in the Final on Thursday. Today's match could go into a reserve day as well & so could the Final, but they are pro cricketers. Night's rest after each day & the prospect of not facing IND in the Final from SL's perspective shud be incentive enough for SL.

Posted by Harmony111 on (July 9, 2013, 11:58 GMT)

I am sorry for my prev comment. I had misread the rules or perhaps I was speaking from memory. If 2 or more teams are at equal no of points then it will come down to number of wins, then to most number of wins within that tied group, then to TOTAL number of bonus points and finally to NRR.

I was under the impression that it would be about bonus points with respect to each other. I do recall that such a rule was in place in the past or maybe I was wrong in those days too.

Anyways, the new scenarios are that if India win then India are almost certain to be in the Final unless the win is very close. If India win with a bonus point then India go in for sure and if the win is VERY BIG then WI might go through else SL will go through. If SL win then SL & WI will definitely go through.

I don't know what I was thinking when I made that last comment, I guess I am still in my Monday Morning Blues :-p

I am sorry for my prev comment.

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (July 9, 2013, 11:54 GMT)

Some are asking to replace Ishant with Vinay. Ishant should be there because WI wickets are bouncy, and Ishant is more useful than Yadav. Ishant pics wickets in the middle overs because of his bounce. Playing Yadav is easy than Ishant. So Yadav should be replaced by Vinay who has excellent swing like B.Kumar. If it is a spin track, Yadav should be replaced with Amit Mishra. Coming to batting department, DK is not performing again in crunch matches. He is not utilizing his chances at all. M.Vijay should be replaced with Rayudu. I am sure VK has plans for Mahela and Sanga and taranga. Hoping there will not be any interruption.

Posted by Herath-UK on (July 9, 2013, 11:34 GMT)

Losing to India is not a matter to the Lankans today I think. I'm sure they think rather lose but first see not to collapse.Sri Lanka is qualified already to the final with a small margin loss . Let Indians huff & puff the Lankans should try to save energy for the final especially the key players.They are playing on consecutive days& this game may also go to Wed.Why not rest Sanga,Malinga etc to prepare for the final. Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by soumyas on (July 9, 2013, 11:25 GMT)

Two changes required in indian team, Rayudu in place of M.Vijay, Vinay Kumar in place of I.Sharma.

Posted by ajithabey on (July 9, 2013, 11:25 GMT)

Lets hope we have a good game of cricket barring the rain especially when you have stay up late into the night in this part of the world to watch the cricket. SL should play Herath and Kusal instead of Chandimal and Kula (who is injured)

Posted by Herath-UK on (July 9, 2013, 11:22 GMT)

What a performance by the Lankans winning on a brutal pitch losing the toss again as usual.Credit to their overall abilities in batting bowling & fielding rather than only on one aspect.The tournament committee looks stupid if this game goes onto tomorrow again ,Sri Lanka will be playing the final on Thursday with five conseutive days of cricket! Rather Absurd to say the least. Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 11:11 GMT)

it will be tough for india. if the top order does not fire the pressure will be too much to handle for the inexperienced and not so talented middle order as raina is the only one reliable in there.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 11:09 GMT)


Are you sure about such scenario? I checked APPENDIX 6 of Bonus Point System for Standard one-day International match playing conditions. It states that teams with the most number of wins if still equal, then the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points will go ahead. It further states that if still equal, then the team with the highest number of bonus points. But didn't mention specifically over the other teams who are equal on points and wins. Any way it seems a lot of confusions. But if your scenario get assumed, then SL will be under a lot pressure because they can't expect same favor as they got from WI last evening. Fatigue factor will be back of their mind also considering average age of SL players. Tough game ahead.....

Posted by WellwisherINDIA on (July 9, 2013, 11:02 GMT)

Vinay Kumar is far better than Ishant for ODIs, replace Ishatnt with Vinay Kumar, If India need Ishant for SA tour he played too much cricket now, Rayudu needs to be in the playing eleven as well

Posted by android_user on (July 9, 2013, 11:01 GMT)

@Harmony111: I think it is overall bonus points as the next criteria net run rate will be purely based on overall and not between the two teams concerned.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 10:51 GMT)

Another Ind-SL game! * Groans *

Should be a good one. Given the fact that the match is likely to stretch over to tomorrow, SL are bound to tired on playing 4 days of consecutive cricket, and India will need to capitalize on that.

Posted by Harmony111 on (July 9, 2013, 10:39 GMT)

A clarification for some confused chaps here. The bonus point criteria is not a Total Bonus Points ones, it is a bonus points within that group. So if India win today with a bonus point then SL & WI will at 9 points each and then WI will go through cos they had a bonus point OVER SL while SL had none OVER WI. SL's bonus point vs India won't matter in that case.

Posted by shan1280 on (July 9, 2013, 10:39 GMT)

My team... 1 Mahela , 2 Tharanga, 3 Sangakkara (wk), 4 kusal, 5 Mathews (capt), 6Thirimanne, 7 J Mendis, 8 Lokuhettige, 9 Malinga, 10 Senanayake, 11 Eranga

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 10:26 GMT)

yes this is the condition for this In the event of teams finishing on equal points, the right to play in the final match or series will be determined as follows:

The team with the most number of wins If still equal, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins If still equal, the team with the highest number of bonus points If still equal, the team with the highest net run rate

Posted by V.Jammy on (July 9, 2013, 10:18 GMT)

Kula was the only threat to Indian batsmen & he is not playing. Malinga's bowling to Indian batsmen is threat to SriLanka & he is playing!

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (July 9, 2013, 10:10 GMT)

India will win today :)

Posted by FiraazFysal on (July 9, 2013, 10:08 GMT)

Ha Ha, some are muttering, doing calculations on the paper, not on the ground, they should have done on the ground rather. let us face the reality

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (July 9, 2013, 10:05 GMT)

As it stands, SL have a better chance to win today. Sanga and Mahela bringing on the experience while Mathews leads a bunch of youngsters. It seems to be a well balanced team where the son can walk confidently knowing well that the dad is not too far around to hold him, just in case he trips.

Whereas, India is full of sons (i.e., brothers). There is no dad figure in the team unless Dhoni has learnt the sign language in the meantime and is able to direct the team sitting in the pavilion. These bunch of sons can either play on their own or fight amongst them, just like how Jadeja took on Raina the other day. I hope they end this series without any blood stains.

Posted by Kadapa_King on (July 9, 2013, 10:01 GMT)

Please exclude Ishanth and bring Vinay kumar then bowling will be more stronger

Posted by Kadapa_King on (July 9, 2013, 9:58 GMT)

Good luck India and Good luck for Dhawan

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 9:58 GMT)

What if India wins with a bonus point :)

Posted by vxttemp on (July 9, 2013, 9:50 GMT)

I think Vijay should be replaced by Rayudu or someone. Anyway, Vijay is not in the next series, so better try another guy now. BTW, I'm not a Vijay hater or something like that.

Posted by JohnnyRook on (July 9, 2013, 9:49 GMT)

@KaaSethu. In my opinion, it makes no sense that in second criteria, only the teams within contention will be considered for head to head and in third criteria, overall bonus points will be considered instead of teams within contention. So my guess is that it is implicitly assumed that in third point. I may be wrong though...

Posted by attanayake1 on (July 9, 2013, 9:44 GMT)

@ Harmony111 If SL wins today they wontbe playing India again. So they wont get the chance to beat this Indian team without dhoni,s luck & leadership in 3 consecutive matches unfortunately.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 9:37 GMT)

why people dont need vijay,he played only two games from the champions trophy,and didnt play so bad like raina and DK,I saw him more agreswsive in midle order in last match,he should need more chances like raina at least today match and zimbabway tour also.let see today if he got goot chance defenetly bat well.and also DK need some chance too he got out with some bad decesion and bad luck.but raina?

Posted by sailorsupreme on (July 9, 2013, 9:37 GMT)

Vijay played a neat little cameo and should be persisted with. Raina is bound to come big in this game. Bhuvneshwar will be good against the left handers of SL. A win by India will demoralize the Lankans, so SL will go all out to win this one and keep India out. But there are only two sides that can win this tournament: either WI or India. Lankan fans are keen to see their team win but they will have to satisfy themselves with that initial win. India is turning it on now.So it will be two in two for India unless SL pulls off a mracle, which is unlikely.

Posted by android_user on (July 9, 2013, 9:36 GMT)

I think that India win today any how

Posted by leleraja on (July 9, 2013, 9:30 GMT)

India will be stronger if they bring Rayudu & Mishra instead of Vijay & Ashwin.

Posted by KaaSethu on (July 9, 2013, 9:28 GMT)

@JohnnyRook Hi in that scenario of India wins with a bonus point, the second qualifier between SL and WI (both at 9 points), the selection will be by NRR, only because of the rules on Points Table page, the same which you mention. Have a look closely on the 3rd crietria among the 4 therein.

If by the first 2 criteria the two more more teams are still equal then the criteria 3 is simply that the team with the highest number of bonus points is to be selected. Note that this criteria doesn't state the team with higher number of bonus points when only the games between the tied teams are considered!

So here for the case you raise each of SL and WI would be having equal number of total wins, equal number of wins against each other and also equal number of (=01) bonus points. Thus by the first 3 criteria they are equal and so NRR would determine the team for final.

If that criteria 3 had been highest number of bonus points among the tied teams only, WI would have qualified already!

Posted by Harmony111 on (July 9, 2013, 9:27 GMT)

At the moment Sri Lanka are in a good position but only just. If Sri Lanka win today then it will be a SL-WI Final. If India were to score a simple win, it will be a SL-WI Final. If India were to win with a bonus point then it will be a Indi-WI Final. The last scenario will arise cos India's win with bonus point will take them to 10 points and will leave SL-Wi at 9 points each. Now cos WI defeated SL with a bonus point in the 1st match thus they will go through. The Net Run Rate will not come into picture in that case.

Given that Sri Lanka are India's punching bag for the last many many years, it is very likely that today India will thrash Sri Lanka so hard that they will be deserving double bonus points. Sri Lanka winning two consecutive matches against India and winning 3 ODIs on the trot is as unlikely as Trott hitting 3 sixes in 3 balls.

Posted by JohnnyRook on (July 9, 2013, 9:25 GMT)

@ Darshan Dias Abeysinghe. It is not my logic mate. I am merely trying to interpret tournamement rules written in points table page and I think you should too. If India wins without bonus point, then all 3 will have 9 points, two win, one with and other without bonus. So NRR should come within question.

What I said in my earlier comment applies only if India wins by a bonus which people seem to have missed. In that case, it will have 10 points and clear entry to final. Then only SL and WI will be with 9 points. Within them, they have 1 loss and 1 victory but WI victory over SL is with bonus point. So WI should be preferred over SL. I think same rules were there in Ind-Aus-SL tri-series in Australia too...

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (July 9, 2013, 9:19 GMT)

Malinga has the worst bowling average against India out of 14 countries. average 41.22 Economy 6.00 and Strike Rate 41.2. I think if Malinga plays it is a win for India.

Posted by i_witnessed_2011 on (July 9, 2013, 9:18 GMT)

@JohnyRook- The tournment rule is as below: -The team with the most number of wins -If still equal, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins -If still equal, the team with the highest number of bonus points -If still equal, the team with the highest net run rate

Now if you observe , it still comes to 4th point that is net run rate. if India win today all team will have 2 wins in total, 1 win and 1 lost game against each other. all 3 teams have already got 1 bonus point . So it will come again to NRR calculations... :)

Posted by jimbond on (July 9, 2013, 9:12 GMT)

Touch choice for both teams. If India beats Sri Lanka, they get the reward of- would you believe it- playing Sri Lanka in the finals again. If SL put in all their efforts and win, they have a slightly better choice, of playing with WI. Hence as of now SL seems to have more of an incentive to play well. But then the incentive for India could be to win another final. @maddy20: while I believe in keeping DK out of the team once Dhoni comes back, in the current team it would be useful to continue him, as Rayudu is not exactly a dependable WK. If Rayudu has to find a place in the team, it has to be in the place of Vijay, who is also pretty average and also does not fit into the current team.

Posted by Shajahan.P on (July 9, 2013, 9:10 GMT)

@maddy20: Rayudu can not replace DK at anytime as DK has lot of experience in Wkt Keeping and Batting.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 9:07 GMT)

May the better-team-of-the-day win ! Let us have a fine cricket. If it is a fighting game, it doesn't matter who wins... but my Heart Always Beats For India !!!

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (July 9, 2013, 9:00 GMT)

SL winning XI - Tharanga , Mahela , Kusal , Sanga , Chandimal , Mathews , Thiri , Sachi , Herath , Malinga , Eranga.

As its most probably gonna be a high-scoring game, Kusal will be a better asset than J. Mendis. Damn it..We're so badly missing Thisara here. On the other hand, we can give Thiri a break n bring Lokuhettige in. It will reduce the workload of Mathews. LIONS LEAD THE WAY !!!!

Posted by jikol on (July 9, 2013, 8:57 GMT)

SL in almost secure of final i think mahela and sanga should rest for this game and give youngsters an team- kusal, tharanga, thirimanne, chandimal, mathews, jeevan, Dilhara Lokuhettige, sachithra, eranga, malinga, mendis.

for IND i think rayudu and mishra should be given ahead of vijay and ashwin who didn't perform well this series. all the best for both teams but my special wish goes to SL. hope an interesting match with a last ball finish

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 8:54 GMT)

@ Johnny rock in that case by your logic, SL beat India with a bonus point, so that means it will be a WI/SL final. It doesn't work that way in a tri series since each team has beaten the other with a bonus point.

Posted by yorkerguru on (July 9, 2013, 8:53 GMT)

So if it rains today and if the match goes to the reserve day on 10 th July... Then Srilanka would have played 4 days of continuous cricket... then on 11 th they will play the finals, the forecast would confirm there may be rain on the 11 th Jul too... So Srilanka will play the finals on their 5 th day of continuous cricket and if rain comes on 11 th July and interrupts the match then on the reserve day of 12 th July they'll play their 6 th consecutive day of cricket... If India lose tomorrow on the reserve day and West indies qualify to the finals, and West indies who have rested for two days will play a TIRED Sri Lankan Side in the finals who have played 4 days of continuous cricket but till the reserve day for final on 12 th it is 6 days of continuous cricket for them... If INDIA win on the reserve day it would be a 4 day test match between INDIA and SRI LANKA which will start today and end on the 12 th July... Very funny tournament in the history of cricket

Posted by Iceman29 on (July 9, 2013, 8:51 GMT)

@maddy20: if you think DK should be removed from the team then it applies to Raina as well...same thing applies to Vijay he is an aggressive player but he dont know how to preserve his wicket he plays some ridiculous shots like Rohit sharma in the middle of the innings and gets out...we need to find one or two guys who can be solid in the middle order and who can play well according to the situation..

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (July 9, 2013, 8:45 GMT)

Lets hope india win

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 8:41 GMT)

id make two changes to sl xi: jeevan mendis and kulasekara(due to injury) out for herath/ajantha mendis and kusal perera

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 8:40 GMT)

As per my thought rain is main problem for todays match. If no rain today then i hope INDIAN win for sure. The Big mistake india do in the previous match against sl was dropping BHUVANESWAR. That makes the difference to that match. Now Kohil is in touch...Bhuvaneswar is in swing... Other bowlers also contributing well. Placing RAYUDU in the place of VIJAY will be some good selection for todays match. RAINA have to prove himself in this crucial match. On the other hand SL have problems with their Opening bowler Kulsekara with fitness..But MALINGA is not a problem for INDIANS upto now... so GO INDIA GO..... DON'T INTERFERE RAIN...DON'T

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (July 9, 2013, 8:35 GMT)

A thumping win by India over a mentally n physically fatigued lankan team with a Ind-WI final is what I'm looking forward to

Posted by siva_gk on (July 9, 2013, 8:26 GMT)

@ Nithanth Kudige... Vikneswar was talking about ICC Test rankings, but the answer you give was for an ODI tournament, which is irrelevant.

@Vikneshwar - The ICC has revised the test matches win-loss ratio recently and the points are taken into accound for all the matches played after August 1 2010. With that into account the matches played before this date are obsolete now w.r.t. rating points. So, there is a change in the rating points and India went past England.

Posted by Sharath274 on (July 9, 2013, 8:13 GMT)

@ agam 99 - if the match is washed out, then points will be shared and India will have only 7 points which means India will fall behind WI who are sitting with 9 points already.. thats how India will get eliminated in case of wash out

Posted by BozoSri on (July 9, 2013, 8:08 GMT)

I dont see the Indian team losing to the SL team two games in a row and if Kulasekara is not going to play then it makes it more difficult for the Sri Lankans to take early wickets. B Kumar will make the difference between the last game and this game as he is the only Indian bowler who looks capable of troubling batsmen early without giving too many loose deliveries to relieve pressure. India-SL final, if rain doesn't have it's say.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 8:06 GMT)

very hard for india,, sri lankans are the king of these slow pitches

Posted by maddy20 on (July 9, 2013, 8:01 GMT)

DK replaced by Raidu would be the only change I would want. Raidu can keep so we'll have no issue with keeping and he is miles ahead of DK in terms of batting.

Posted by JohnnyRook on (July 9, 2013, 7:55 GMT)

I am not sure but doesn't no of wins/ bonus points get priority over NRR according to tourney rules mentioned in points table page. If India wins by a bonus point, both SL and WI will have 9 points and since WI defeated SL with a bonus point, it would be India-WI final. Can someone please confirm.

@ Baseball-Sucks. Could you please do me a favor. I was wondering if you could tell me how it feels when you have to eat your words over and over again. Since you go wrong so many times, you must know this by heart :)

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 7:53 GMT)

Just a win will mostly do for India - PROVIDED WE HAVE A FULL 50 OVER MATCH. If however, the match gets reduced to say 20 overs, India will need to win by about 15 runs in order to qualify. Thus, India REALLY need the rain to stay away...

Posted by KAMSRAN on (July 9, 2013, 7:49 GMT)

all the best to indian team ................

Posted by attanayake1 on (July 9, 2013, 7:48 GMT)

India need win, West Indies need Sri Lankan win, Sri Lanka need rain (a break)

Posted by android_user on (July 9, 2013, 7:45 GMT)

Go Young Brigiade Win It Guys Caputure the Carribean Isles .. Bleed Blue .... Go Guys Time for Revenge Against Lankan Lions ...

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 7:44 GMT)

There is nobody in the IND ranks who will be termed as a liability. If some one is having such opinion, then he may following comments rather than the cricket. It was WI who beat them self rather than someone had beaten them. Any team in the world would have chased 230 in 41 overs. IND want just win not bonus point. Niroshan Nilanka will be hoping for second lost against the Sri Lanka but it will be fantasy....

Posted by android_user on (July 9, 2013, 7:42 GMT)

india pack up your bags

Posted by agam99 on (July 9, 2013, 7:35 GMT)

#and though there is a reserve day, in the event the match is washed out, India will be eliminated.#.....can anybody explain this to me ?

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (July 9, 2013, 7:30 GMT)

It will be fun to watch how same people (WI home crowd ) who booed Sri Lanka yesterday, cheering for Sri Lanka today n praying for their victory. lol . Don't worry WI fans. Another 350+ coming up from SL and SL-WI final guaranteed and then the true purpose of this tournament is served. India was invited here just to attract their viewers. So Thank you India for bringing your 1 billion of viewers to make this tournament successful. But now, its time to go home. Thank you once again.

Posted by Naresh28 on (July 9, 2013, 7:27 GMT)

On field altercation between Raina and Jadeja should be put behind, it will harm Indias team spirit. Both players are great in their own fields and they must both grow up and not act like youngsters. If Raina had an off day in the field, he should try to make up by filling in his role as a quick run scorer. Its okay for them to compete against each other as it will lift standards.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 7:26 GMT)

kohili and his team will crush the lankans once again...and will ease into the final to go the of luck guys..can't say about rain...its not in the either side..

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 7:26 GMT)

With the absence of Dhoni, SL seem to have shrugged off the Indiaphobea. The teams seem to be more balanced with young, inexperienced leadership in both the side. Hoping for a SL win ! Good luck lads !

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 7:25 GMT)

if ambati raydu has to get in Indian cricket team than he has to first play for Chennai super kings under Dhoni and if Dhoni likes him it's a cake walk to get in Indian team

Posted by Iceman29 on (July 9, 2013, 7:24 GMT)

Why cant they give Ambati Rayudu a chance in this game...poor guy has waited for so long to get his chance...why bring a fellow in a rush if you are not giving him a chance to prove..Rayudu should come in place of either Vijay and Raina...but i dont think they will drop Raina no matter how many failures he produce....ridiculous

Posted by Shajahan.P on (July 9, 2013, 7:22 GMT)

No problem even if India (the Champ) loose this match against SL.

Bcz look SL, the still have very senior players on their side like Jayawarthane, Sangakkara, Mailinga, Tharanga...

But Look Indians, None of them or above 30, only youngsters are playing and they are in a situation to show their worth... cheers India! Rock today!

Posted by class9ryan on (July 9, 2013, 7:21 GMT)

Rain is a certainty today in Port of Spain. Lets hope somehow India win the toss or else it will be tough to set a score against this Sri Lankan side in rain curtailed situations. Better luck India for the toss.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 7:19 GMT)

I think Sri Lanka are better team as a unit and as a combination of batting and bowling if they play whole heartedly.Indian bowling is very mediocre and can be thrashed by batsmen if they want.It is time for sri lankan to rise up to their full potential.

Posted by Dirk_L on (July 9, 2013, 7:19 GMT)

More realistic than 321 runs in 50 overs is what happens in a rain-shortened match. For example in a 20-over match a last-ball win for India is not good enough no matter what the target was. If the target is 150 then India already need a 13-run or 13-ball victory.

Posted by freddy83 on (July 9, 2013, 7:12 GMT)

I think both Sri Lanka and WI will be hoping for a washout. SL wouldn't want to play 5,6 days in a row and WI will have the best chance of qualifying.

Posted by ultracoach on (July 9, 2013, 7:12 GMT)

I am not an Indian, but a vivd cricket fan, following the direction cricket is taking. My view is - India has to win and India will win this match.

Posted by my_comments on (July 9, 2013, 7:10 GMT)

ranks dont count. WI (No 8) beat india SL (No 5) beat ind. so the team who played the best cricket on that specific day won. sometimes, both team plays bad cricket and the team who played the worst cricket loses.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 7:06 GMT)

Raina and Rain is no good for India while Chandi should be replaced by Iron Man IMO

Posted by srpblp3006 on (July 9, 2013, 7:05 GMT)

Best of luck Team India. Cheers.......................

Posted by Iceman29 on (July 9, 2013, 7:03 GMT)

Ambati Rayudu should get a chance in this match atleast...y bring a fellow all the way to the carribean if ur not including him in the playing 11.....ridiculous

Posted by DILEEPMJOHN on (July 9, 2013, 7:00 GMT)

Good to see there is no dead rubber match in this series. WI didnt help any thing for their course after sitting pretty 5 days ago, they have lost both by a significant margin and their NRR is only better than India's by 0.14. This NRR can easily be covered by India if they play normal cricket to win the match. If SL is batting first,they are not expected to score big again today after back to back matches.Even if they score 320, India chasing with even 1 ball to spare will put India's NRR above Wi.If India bats first may be a win by 2 or 3 runs may be sufficient. So while going on to the field India need not initially worry about NRR and so If India wins toss India should forget D/L-rain and bat first bcz of following reasons 1) Although Hobart chase is still in their memories, recent hammering against Sl while chasing will be on their mind 2) Dhoni's experience and calmness is not there and it will be difficult to chase under pressure to reach finals in case India lose early wickets

Posted by Sunfestive on (July 9, 2013, 6:57 GMT)

@amilag & Niroshan Nilanka, Unfortunately, Sri Lanka has already played their trump card and got a victory against India for this year. They are maintaining 1:4 win ratio, so better luck next series.

Posted by JamesSmithee on (July 9, 2013, 6:54 GMT)

Jeevan Mendis must open SL

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 6:53 GMT)

all the best team india.......................................

Posted by gnanzcupid on (July 9, 2013, 6:53 GMT)

The preview for this match can be as simple as this- "world number 1 vs world number 5" the result can be summarized in a single line-"lankans crushed as usual under familiar hands"

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 6:52 GMT)

Gud luck Sri Lanka.............

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 6:48 GMT)

I don't know if Sri lankans fail to understand simple english or are just too good in ignoring obvious facts.India has always been the better team then SL facts and recent performances says it all.I don't know on what basis they jump so much.Its like they will one match and will keep on gloating it for the next coming year :D

Posted by attanayake1 on (July 9, 2013, 6:47 GMT)

I think today Sri Lanka should rest their senior players. With the final in few days and South African tournament next month, they should not risk their main players by playing 'ODI' for three (if not 4,5,or 6) consecutive days. So rest Mahela, Sanga, Malinga & give youngsters a chance & responsibility, prepare them 4 the future. See how they go against 'young Indians'.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 6:46 GMT)

Sri Lanka is very much in the finals unless they play very poor cricket against India today. It is really sad to see West Indies in this situation. They could have easily won the match against Sri Lanka yesterday but it was really unfortunate to see them in this situation. I will still recommend Sri Lanka and West Indies in the final but on the economic stand point West Indies should have India in the finals but on what cost, at the moment, if West Indies Management wants India in the final then they have to stay away from the Finals. It is very tricky situation.

India should play really well to make West Indies and India finals to give all the financial gains to the West Indies Board. It is in Virat's hands to perform well today.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 6:42 GMT)

OH GOD! The Indians at the mercy of Nature.India and Indians need to Pray to Rain God to Stay away from Port Of Spain,so that the Indian Eleven can relax and play naturally.

Posted by Iceman29 on (July 9, 2013, 6:32 GMT)

Raina is an liability to the team in abroad tours...i think the selectors should replace him with a good batsmen..may be yuvi...yuvi could bowl as well compared to Raina...cant have a player in a team only because he is a gud fielder.....

Posted by Arun_Ind on (July 9, 2013, 6:27 GMT)

A win against SL in AN IND vs SL will produce another IND vs SL. Vijay should be given a chance inthe top order. Now he has nothing to loose or prove to the selectors. Rohit is just being the supporter for opening role is not acceptable. He should be rested and Rayud should be given a chance.

Posted by rajaram1105 on (July 9, 2013, 6:26 GMT)

Surajrises - I feel not minding a game is small or big, we always need to play to win. if the senior players need rest, let us send so many waiting in the wing to play. I hope India will strive to be the champion in this Triangular.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 6:26 GMT)

Well India has senior players who are they dear all are in India well in context of this match if Lanka loose then its SL v/s Ind final for the umpteenth time so its hard for WI so may be India might loose so that hosts play SL is there anychance of Ind WI final....

Posted by Lasantha_Sandaruwan on (July 9, 2013, 6:25 GMT)

"Rain is expected in Port-of-Spain on Tuesday." That's what the preview said.

What if today's match is also get rain effected and, go to reserve day? If Sri Lanka qualify for the final. As it happens on 11th Thursday, Sri Lanka cloud play nonstop one day cricket since 7th Sunday. (7,8,9,10, and 11) Not to mentioned that final get effected by rain, that cloud go to 12 Friday as well.

If that happens, that's really unfair for SL players. Can organizers change the final match day to 12th Friday or may be Saturday? After all this is not a test match series.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 6:20 GMT)

Team India all the best......

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 6:20 GMT)

@Vikneshwar - India won all 5 matches in the Champions Trophy, remember?

Posted by VVSR92 on (July 9, 2013, 6:20 GMT)

simple enough equation relaxes players mind & helps them perform better . Indians should just look to win & they would naturally qualify with ease , but at the samr time Ind should be prepared to make changes if it demands such as scoring the taerget with few balls to spare or use up better bolwers & go for bonus point scenarios .

Posted by KishoreMalladi on (July 9, 2013, 6:19 GMT)

This is the excitement that makes any tri-series lively. Thumping wins, rain-affected games, Duckworth Lewis calculations and finally boils down to the last league game where all three teams have a chance of making it to the finals. Well, in the end cricket wins. Hoping to see a cracker of a last league game and an intensely fought final too.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 6:18 GMT)

@Vikneshwar The current test rankings indicate the performances spanned over last three years as the updated table now reflects all Test series completed after August 1, 2010.

Posted by Iceman29 on (July 9, 2013, 6:16 GMT)

Gud luck India...Wish you all the best...Bring the cup home..

Posted by Manu_reddy on (July 9, 2013, 6:14 GMT)

All d best india....i hope my team ll win today n qualify for final...

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 6:14 GMT)

So What's the situation now for India??? I know India has to win this match first. If they win with bonus point then they should be OK. But if they don't then they level the points with West Indies. But West Indies has better run rate then India. So whats the scenario now with India??

Posted by amilag on (July 9, 2013, 6:14 GMT)

SL will thrash IND in this match show the way to home for INDians! HA...HA..

Posted by Sukruti on (July 9, 2013, 6:12 GMT)

India has always lifted their game in do-or-die situations, so today should be no different. Indian batsmen found their form back and so should be a good contest, with bowlers also hitting right spots.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 6:10 GMT)

any chance of lanka getting eliminated???

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 6:08 GMT)

It will second lost against the Sri Lanka because Lankans are performing well even in the difficult circumstances. India would want to win with the bonus point or big margin. against the Lankan attack it should not easy. Because Sri Lankan just want win.....

Posted by Siva_Bala75 on (July 9, 2013, 6:07 GMT)

Maths again. For targets higher than 230, India need to win in 49.5 overs, basically with a ball to spare. If india defends, then they need to win by 2 runs or more. For smaller totals, even a last ball victory is enough.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 6:04 GMT)

Irrelevant to the match . But could someone please explain how and why India is no 2 in ICC Test Rankings. Even after winning Aus series India were 113. Suddenly how India is 116 and why England moved to 112 ? England won NZ 2-0 right . Couldnt understand this.

Posted by Surajrises on (July 9, 2013, 6:02 GMT)

I hope India loses and go home so that our senior players get some rest before another meaningless tour to Zimbabwe.

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