After gaining a series lead by 2-1, India will play 4th ODI match against Sri Lanka at Colombo today on July 31, 2012. India-Sri Lanka series has crossed its halfway stage and India has the upper hand after the first three matches due to some splendid batting performance.
India have the opportunity to win the series and take the trophy home at Colombo RPS but a loss would level the series up. The 3rd ODI at Colombo was an impressive batting performance from both sides as India chased down Sri Lanka’s 287 with 2 balls remaining. Brilliant batting has enabled Indian team to enjoy the victory in two matches. The probable Indian squad include: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli (vice-captain), Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Irfan Pathan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Umesh Yadav, Pragyan Ojha, Ajinkya Rahane, Manoj Tiwary, Rahul Sharma, Ashok Dinda.
Sri Lanka on the other hand should be thankful to their bowlers as they were the heroes in their lone win. The Sri Lanakan batting would also be put to test especially in the absence of Sangakkara. The left-hander has so far done the bulk of the scoring for the hosts. The loss of Kumar Sangakkara at the top of the order will hurt the Sri Lankan’s as he is one of the best ODI batsmen in the Sri Lankan side. In his absence the whole responsibility would be on Jayawardene to see off the Indian challenge.
Sri Lanka is in a do-or-die situation as there is no coming back if they lose this match. India would look to carry forward the winning momentum and seal the series against the gritty Sri Lanka in the fourth and penultimate one-day international at the R Premadasa Stadium and would not want it to go into the decider. The likely Sri Lankan team to play include: Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Angelo Mathews (vice-capt), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Upul Tharanga, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Thisara Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Lasith Malinga, Chamara Kapugedera, Rangana Herath, Sachithra Senanayake, Jeevan Mendis, Isuru Udana.
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