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Thursday, July 3, 2008

India Vs Sri Lanka – a must win game for the Indians

After loosing to Pakistan in their last game now India have kept the hopes of Pakistan's alive in the tournament and found themselves in a must win game against Sri Lanka. India needs just a win against the Sri Lanka to ensure their berth in the final nothing more than that.

On the other hand if Sri Lanka manages to beat India in today’s important clash then it will all come to the last game between Pakistan and Bangladesh to decide which team from India and Pakistan will qualify for the Finals of Asia Cup.

India have net run rate after their previous game is +0.47 and Pakistan have -0.57 with four points and two points each respectively. Since Sri Lanka already qualified for the Finals now it’s battle between India and Pakistan to make into the last two.

The main worrying factor for Indian captain M.S.Dhoni is their bowlers as we have seen in the last game too much short pitch stuff from them given too many easy runs to Pakistani’s batsman a start as well as in the middle overs. Ishant Sharma and Piyush Chawla failed to impress any Indian fans with their way ward bowlings.

The batting has clicked for both India and Sri Lanka so far in the tournament but Pakistan's performance against the two teams highlighted how undercooked India's bowlers are. They have failed to come to grips with the flat decks in Karachi and it's their batsmen who bailed them out in the wins against Bangladesh and Pakistan.

We hope to see some better performance from Indian bowlers in today’s game if India would like to seal their berth in the Final.

So far the results between two teams is even in the last five game both team winning each and one match ended with no result.

Pitch Report

Pitch at National Stadium Karachi is getting better and better as the game progresses this is what we have witnessed in the last match, Pakistan were easily chased down 309 runs with the lost of just two wickets with 27 balls remaining. So Pitch will remain same batting friendly paradise and batsman will enjoy their outing in the middle.

Player to Watch

Yuvraj Singh: So far he has not got enough opportunity in this Asia Cup but he is class players and if he gets going then he can easily turn the match in his team favours.

Mahela Udawatte: A free flowing left hander from Sri Lanka impresse every one with his outing against UAE with his 67 runs knock. So he must be itching to repeat the same performance against India.

Team News

Indian think tank who may be thinking of resting some of their key players but due to lost against Pakistan now India team would like to go into this match with full strength. However Ishant Sharma and Piyush Chawla both may be rested by brining P.Ojha and R.P.Singh. On the other hand Sri Lanka is keen to rest some of his key players for this match giving rest before the big final on Sunday. S.Jayasurya, M.Muralitharan and C.Vaas is likely to be rested for this game.

Likely Playing XI for both the teams (Match will start from 15:30 PM India time)

India: V.Sehwag, G.Gambhir, Y.Singh, M.S.Dhoni (Captain), S.Raina, R.Sharma, Y.Pathan, I.Pathan, P.Ojha, P.Kumar, R.P.Singh.

Sri Lanka: Kumar Sangakkara (WK), Mahela Udawatte, Mahela Jayawardene (Captain), Chamara Kapugedera, Chamara Silva, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kaushalya Weeraratne, Thilan Thushara, Nuwan Kulasekara, Ajantha Mendis, Dilhara Fernando


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posted by KANISH RANJAN @ 12:51 PM  
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