Series review

India v Sri Lanka 2006-07

ESPNcricinfo staff

India and Sri Lanka wrapped up their World Cup preparations with a short series - shortened even more when the first match was rained off. India, exhibiting fine team spirit, came from behind to win, their batting going well in the last two games after misfiring in the second. Sri Lanka rested Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas ahead of the World Cup, setting up what amounted to a bowl-off for two Cup places between the leg-spinners Malinga Bandara and Upul Chandana, and mediumpacers Nuwan Kulasekara and Nuwan Zoysa: Bandara and Kulasekara impressed the judges the most.

Tight bowling - and a century from Kumar Sangakkara - earned Sri Lanka an against-the-odds victory in the second match at Rajkot, but India's batting clicked into gear after that stumble, and made light of testing targets in the last two games. Sourav Ganguly rubber-stamped his selection for another World Cup with three good innings, and there were signs of a return to form for the out-of-sorts Virender Sehwag.

Match reports for

PCA President's XI v Sri Lankans at Chandigarh, Oct 5, 2006
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1st Qualifying Match: Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Mohali, Oct 7, 2006
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3rd Qualifying Match: Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at Ahmedabad, Oct 10, 2006
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6th Qualifying Match: Sri Lanka v West Indies at Mumbai (BS), Oct 14, 2006
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9th Match: Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Jaipur, Oct 17, 2006
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11th Match: New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Mumbai (BS), Oct 20, 2006
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13th Match: South Africa v Sri Lanka at Ahmedabad, Oct 24, 2006
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1st ODI: India v Sri Lanka at Kolkata, Feb 8, 2007
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2nd ODI: India v Sri Lanka at Rajkot, Feb 11, 2007
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3rd ODI: India v Sri Lanka at Margao, Feb 14, 2007
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4th ODI: India v Sri Lanka at Visakhapatnam, Feb 17, 2007
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