Sri Lanka v India 5th ODI Live and Preview
The world champions marked their comeback to international cricket with an imposing series win against Sri Lanka.
India have now won all of their last five bilateral ODI series against Sri Lanka. With a 3-1 scoreline, the teams meet for the final formality match on Saturday.
India have dominated and flayed the Sri Lankan bowling attack at ease as they chased down another decent total to set up a win.
MS Dhoni has been troubled by the batsmen only once when his team caved in and it would be safe to assume that it was an oddity.
Virat Kohli has remained in supreme form, anchoring another powerful run chase with his 13th ODI century. He has carved a name for himself as being a specialist in run-chases as well, having scored eight centuries including some mounting ones.
He will once again be in the limelight shouldering the batting responsibilities.
Manoj Tiwary got a game and picked up four wickets with his part-timers as well as played a cameo with the bat. As a result, the pressure is mounting on Rohit Sharma who failed yet again. He also holds the inauspicious record of most ducks by a visiting batsman in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka have looked toothless and out of answers to the onslaught of Indian batsmen.
The batsmen have got going but have never been to cut loose completely.
Captain Mahela Jayawardene is still searching for his team’s lead batsman as the majority of them get in but none go on to make the big score.
The bowling has been a bigger worry and may use the match to shuffle players around after Lasith Malinga had another ineffective game.
Malinga has been taken for runs against India and averages 43 for his 31 wickets against India.
The match will be played at Pallekele, with the day-night fixture starting at 2.30pm local time.
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