Sri Lanka vs India 4th ODI Preview – 31 July

The respective Sri Lankan and Indian teams play there second consecutive match at Colombo as India lead the series 2-1. 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. 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.

Match Information :

June 31, Colombo RPS
Starting Time: 1430 Local Time (0900 GMT Time)

How the Teams Stand:

India may lead the series 2-1 at this point but Sri Lanka are right in the series as the matches have been tight besides the 2nd ODI. India will be favourites though since Sri Lanka will be missing their ace Kumar Sangakkara which means the middle order will be as weak as ever and will be under pressure constantly if the opening partnership does not perform. Opening Partnerships have seemed to crumble quite early in all the matches. In 5 of the 6 matches one of the batsmen in the opening pair has been dismissed before the 5 over mark. India will need the early wicket of TM Dilshan as they do not have Kumar Sangakkara to save the match.

Key Contest:

Tilkarate Dilshan vs Irfan Pathan

Tilkarate Dilshan has only made one noticeable contribution in this series which was the half century he made when Sri Lanka cruised home to win the 2nd ODI. Irfan Pathan has been the best of the fast bowlers for India but still has struggled in some areas of his game being quite expensive. With Sangakkara ruled out of the remainder of the series Dilshan needs to step up and make a big contribution in this match to ease the pressure of the unsettled middle order. Pathan is very dangerous with the new ball and is at his best at the start of the innings and if he can take one or two early wickets India have a very good chance of winning the match and taking the series.

Team News:

Herath has under performed for Sri Lanka with only 2 wickets from the 3 games and that could mean Sri Lanka bring in the 27 year old leg spinner Sachithra Senanayake. Kumar Sangakkara is injured and will be out for 4-6 weeks meaning Lahiru Thirimanne should be given the spot left voided by the wicketkeeper batsman.

Pragyan Ojha was left out of the 3rd ODI as he hadn’t fully recovered and since his replacement Ashok Dinda went for 76 runs from his 10 overs he should fit right back into the team. Rohit Sharma has made 5 runs from 3 games which has included 2 ducks and he will be lucky to be in the XI for the 4th ODI, should he be dropped Manoj Tiwary or Ajinkya Rahane will be given the remaining spot in the middle order.

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