About the Match
India demolished Sri Lanka once again as they continued with their winning momentum and took the lead 4-0 after sealing a series victory in the last match; the visitors must be completely devastated after their 153-run defeat against the hosts and they will now prepare themselves for the fifth and the last ODI of the tour which is set to take place on 16th Nov at Ranchi. The Indian contingent is on a massive high presently after scripting an astonishing innings at Eden Park and look good to make a clean 5-0 sweep while Sri Lanka will try to do as much damage control as possible hereafter.
Rohit Sharma, returning from his 10-week long break from cricket, created history by smashing 264 runs singlehandedly from just 173 deliveries belittling the Lankan bowlers; his thunderous batting performance took the team’s score to 404 runs with good contribution from Kohli and others, who understood Rohit’s capability and worked as a tight unit. On the bowling front, Dhawal Kulkarni who took 4-34 was impressive and along with 2 wickets each from Yadav, Binny and Patel, India stifled the Lankan batting line-up and comfortably won the match by 153 runs. This is a good time for Indian cricket as many youngsters have been given the platform to showcase their talents and they are stepping up to get noticed by the selectors. The upcoming final match of the series will definitely see the players putting their best foot forward and continuing to exert their dominance over the visitors.
The bowlers have been unsuccessful against the in-form Indian batsmen and though they have been taking regular wickets, their tactics have been failing against the hosts; while in the previous match, Mathews, Kulasekara and Eranga tried to make a dent on the opponents, the others gave away too many runs. They will need to be more disciplined and tighter in their attack against a resurgent team India; on the batting front, the efforts by experienced players need to improve and the youngsters must gran the opportunity to shine here. While Mathews’ 75 off 68 deliveries was impressive along with good contribution by Thirimanne, Dilshan and Perera in the middle order, the others crumbled under pressure and were all-out by the 44th over, falling behind by a large margin of 153 runs. The players will take the series defeat with a pinch of salt but they need to realize the importance of scoring a win here before heading back home so as to bolster their own confidence for tougher challenges ahead. The upcoming match will surely test their positive attitude and unless they come out all guns blazing in all departments of the game, they will once again suffer defeat against the hosts.
While Sri Lanka will give it their all in their last resort to succeed in the upcoming final match of the series, India is looking very strong to emerge victorious and make a 5-0 whitewash here on Sunday.
India, 1.40 @ Bet365