India will eye a win against Sri Lanka to secure their berth in the Final of on going triangular series. Sri Lanka is yet to loose a game in the tournament and they would love to continue their winning habit going before playing in the final.
India will also look to register a thumping win to take the revenge of five wicket loss against Sri Lanka in their first match of the tournament. However they need to address certain areas which seem to be big worry factor for the Dhoni and company. Their top order batting and their depth bowling is creating big headaches for the team management.
No bowlers are looking in good rhythm. Same applies to the top Indian batters; they have not contributed enough for their teams in the two matches they have played so far. India needs a strong start from Sehwag and Gambhir if they have to beat Sri Lanka. Sehwag, in particular, would want to score big as he has not hit a hundred in Bangladesh.
Inspite of the problems, it is unlikely that Dhoni will change the playing XI which won against Bangladesh. But if he considers changing the playing xi then Ashish Nehra may get rest which allows S.Tyagi to prove his talent.
Sri Lanka on the other hand seems to be on a roll after winning three matches here, have been strengthened by the return of former Captain M.Jayawardne who hit a superb century against Bagladesh which allows his team to chase down 250 runs target with ease.
All in all Sunday’s game will provide us another chance to see these two teams in battle again.
Watch out for
Tilakratne Dilshan: He has recovered well from his groin injury and likely to return into the squad. It will be interesting to see how he approaches the game after return. He was in superb form before he got injured. With Upul Tharanga is in superb touch it makes more interesting to see both the deadly duo bat together.
Gautam Gambhir and Virendra Sehwag: These two batsmen failed to perform in the tournament as per their reputation but its just matter of few good shots to get their confidence back. If these two gets going it will be nightmare for the Sri Lankan bowlers.
Pitch & Condition
It will be the same pitch which was used in the game against Bangladesh. Despite of an early start teams bowling second have still struggled to grip the ball properly because of dew factors. So once again toss will play important role in deciding the result of the game. Team batting first must score in excess of 300 runs to cut out the rist of bolwing second.
India will think of making one changes, in place of Ashish Nehra India may bring Sudeep Tyagi into the squad. Since Nehra is not bowled well in the last three-four games.
Tilakratne Dilshan has recovered from groin injury and he is likely to be included in the squad which means last game centurion M.Jayawardne will drop to number four position.
Likely Playing XI for both Teams (Match is Schedule to begin at 13:30 PM India Time)
India Squad: V.Sehwag, G.Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, M.S.Dhoni (Captain & WK), Suresh Raina, Ravinder Jadeja, H.Singh, S.Sreesanth, S.Tyagi, Z.Khan.
Sri Lanka Squad: Upul Tharanga, T.Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (Captain & WK), M.Jayawardne, Thilan Samaraweera, Thilina Kandamby, Thissara Perera, Suraj Randiv, N.Kulasekara, T.Tushara, C.Welegedara.
Stats & Trivia
India have played 20 games against Sri Lanka out of 46 ODI’s they have played in last 1 year. So both team known ins-outs of the opponents.
In the 10 day-night encounter at Shere Bangla Stadium, Mirpur seven has been won by team batting second and all seven win came in the last seven encounters.