About the Match
India won the third ODI match emphatically against Sri Lanka to seal a series victory 3-0 and the remaining two matches are just a formality now; the two sides meet for the 4th ODI at Kolkata on 13th Nov and Sri Lanka will be eager to show some improvement to make amends. The hosts look in great shape to continue with their winning momentum and work towards strengthening the morale of the team whereas the visitors will fight stronger to get a break here before heading back home.
Emerging victorious in the third match by 6 wickets, India clinched the ODI series title 3-0 against Sri Lanka and now go into the fourth ODI with more conviction of annihilating the visitors. While Kohli showed great character as the captain, he led his side from the front scoring well and strategizing to perfection; Rohit Sharma and Robin Utthappa, who has been in great form this year and will double up as the wicket-keeper, will return to the team whereas Shikhar Dhwan and Ravindra Jadeja will not be featuring in the remaining two matches. Fast bowler, Vinay Kumar and leg-spinner Karn Sharma, who have been successful with their bowling skills, will also be included in the squad while Ishant Sharma will be rested along with Wriddhiman Saha and some others. The players will have no pressure facing the opposition in the remainder of the series but they will definitely be eager to perform well in front of the selectors, who are looking at different options for the upcoming World Cup series. This is a confident unit and the Lankans have an uphill task to overcome the Indian challenge in all departments of the game.
It was a batting failure yet again with the middle order collapsing like a pack of cards; except for Jayawardene, who posted a thunderous 118 off 124 and continues to show his magic with the bat, and Dilshan who made a valiant effort to steady the innings with his 53 run contribution, others performed miserably. The bowling unit wasn’t too confident and they failed to defend the low score of 242 runs posted by the batsmen; the young guns Silva, Priyanjan and Gamage weren’t successful in getting the wickets or in containing the Indian batsmen but the efforts of Kulasekara, Perera and Dilshan got them a wicket each. The team needs to play with more responsibility and showcase their potential going forward before it’s too late to stabilize the unit for tougher challenges on the international arena; Mathews needs to lead from the front and inspire his mates to put their best foot forward in the upcoming match if they want to redeem themselves here.
While Sri Lanka will try to rise above its weaknesses and give a tougher fight to team India at Kolkata, the hosts who will be trying new combinations of players in the upcoming match to come back with renewed energy, look well placed to score another win on Thursday.
India, 1.44 @ TitanBet