It may be a dead rubber being played in the Pallekele in this 5th ODI between Sri Lanka and India but it would be a good practise match for the T20 World Cup that will be played in Sri Lanka in September. Sri Lanka have been very poor and the injury caused to Kumar Sangakkara has hurt the team but is not an excuse for the poor cricket being displayed at home. Fielding is not often a strong point for Asian teams like India and Sri Lanka but Sri Lanka have been very poor in the field dropping several catches over the duration of the series.
Match Information :
August 4, Pallekele
Starting Time: 1430 Local Time (0900 GMT Time)
How the Teams Stand:
India secured the series victory in Colombo on the 31st July in the 4th ODI so the series is as good as over but yet the dead rubber has to be played. Sri Lanka have played poorly and all their weapons have seemed to fail in this series against their rivals in India. Lasith Malinga has been dealt with easily and been kept quiet by India having taken only 5 wickets while Kumar Sangakkara early on was impressive Sri Lanka was dealt with the huge blow that he will be ruled out for 4-6 weeks. India have struggled with the ball but have been lucky their opponents have had it far worse than them but India still have a lot to work on to make their way back to the top in world cricket.
Mahela Jayawardene vs Indian Spinners
Mahela Jayawardene has to be Sri Lanka’s saviour now that Sangakkara is injured and is there current best batsmen in the XI for the home side. In all 3 innings in the series he has been dismissed by the Indian spinners and for a player of his stature who is often good at playing spin bowling the Indian spinners have been causing him a few problems. Despite it being a dead rubber match Sri Lanka need to win this to gain some confidence and have some hopes for the T20 World Cup coming up.
With the series secured by India they may be tempted to give some usual starters a rest and allow Ajinkya Rahane, Manoj Tiwary and Rahul Sharma to have a run in the Indian side.
Herath once again struggled in the 4th ODI and surely Sri Lanka will pick Senanayake as it is a dead rubber to see if he can do any better than the veteran.