Is Sri Lanka on a verge of another series White Wash? After being beaten 3-0 in the Test series, Sri Lanka is again yet to win a game in this 5 match One Day International Series.
The 4th Match of this 5 match One Day International series will be played on Thursday 31th August 2017 at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
Sri Lanka will aim to salvage some pride by winning the last two ODIs, remember they need to win 2 more ODIs to get the direct qualification for the world cup 2019.
Batting stills looks to be a problem for Sri Lankans, they need to sort out their batting lineup. Lahiru Thirimanni 80 runs in the last game should give them the confidence to bat well.
But the form of Kusal Mendis, Gunthalika, stand in Captain Charama Kapugedara and former skipper Angelo Mathews is a worry for Sri Lanka. These players need to perform when their team is in a spot of bother.
Sri Lanka will look at them in this crunch situation. Malinda Siriwardana bats well in the lower order, but he needs to play full 50 overs for his side. He should be the finisher in the absence of Asela Gunaratne.
Siriwardane put a good fight against India in 2nd and the 3rd ODI. Unfortunately, there was no one who could support him in the later part of the innings.
Again the lower middle batsmen after Siriwardana are not performing to expectations. They just need to hang around with Malinda. That’s why Malinda’s innings in the lower order is important because he can score those additional 15 to 20 runs which could help Sri Lanka to put a good total on the board.
Sri Lanka should bat well like they did in the ICC Champions Trophy in England. The Lankans chased down the target of 321 set by India.
Their bowling attack looks improved, compared to the test matches and 1st One Day International at Dambulla.
Lasith Malinga is just 1 wicket away from getting his 300 wickets in his ODI career. The wicket of Shikhar Dhawan in the 3rd ODI may lift his confidence up.
But Vishwa Fernando, Pushpakumara, and Chameera should support Malinga well. As youngsters, they should perform and win matches for their country.
Now Sri Lanka needs their team to step up and perform to win the last two One Day Internationals.
Kohli became the first Indian captain to white wash Sri Lanka in a test series at their own backyard. If he does it in ODIs then he would be the 1st Indian captain to white wash Sri Lanka at their home in 2 formats.
Kohli will want to win the ODI series 5-0. After a narrow escape in the 2nd ODI at Pallekele, Kohli and his army fought hard in the 3rd ODI too.
Now at the R Premadasa, India will look to make it 4-0.
India won the 1st ODI at Dambulla comprehensively, but in the 2nd and 3rd ODI India’s middle order batsmen didn’t score runs.
Kohli experimented with the batting order in the 2nd ODI, he promoted KL Rahul and Kedar Jhadav ahead of him but they failed to score runs.
In the 3rd ODI too Kohli sent Kedar ahead of MSD and Kedar failed again.
Kohli too is not amongst the runs after his 82 not out in Dambulla. He needs to score because India needs him at the number 3 position.
The form of KL Rahul and Kedar Jhadav is also crucial for India. If they don’t perform Ajinkya Rahane, who had a brilliant test series can replace one of them.
Manish Pandey is also in line who can take their place in the playing XI, Pandey is coming from a good series victory against South Africa A.
Rohit Sharma’s century is also a plus point for India; it was good to see “Hit Man” back in his groove. His 124 not out gave India a series win over Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka can pick wicket of Virat Kohli, but can they get dependable MS Dhoni? Twice they dismissed India’s middle order cheaply but they failed against the bat of MS Dhoni.
In the second ODI, MS Dhoni’s calmness give India a fighting win.
India was cursing along when the openers put on 109 runs for the opening wicket and then the collapse brought Sri Lanka back into the match. It looked like Sri Lanka can level the series but MS Dhoni’s calmness came in the way of the Sri Lankans. Dhoni also helped Bhuvneshwar Kumar to grow as a batsman. Dhoni and Bhuvi put 100 unbeaten run stand and saw their team home.
In the 3rd ODI too, Dhoni was cool as ice. After losing Dhawan, Kohli, Jhadav and KL Rahul early, Dhoni’s 67 not out gave India a series win.
Dhoni is the man who will play till 2019 world cup. As he performed in the last two ODIs there is no need to find his replacement.
The bowling looks better than the ICC Champions Trophy final. Jasprit Bumrah is expected to continue his good work as he picked up his maiden 5 wicket haul in ODIs.
Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel and Hardik Pandya are too in decent form.
But Bhuneshwar Kumar hasn’t picked up any wickets so far in the ODI series. This can worry for Kohli. Bhuvi needs to perform with the ball too.
R Premadasa in Colombo is happy hunting ground for the Sri Lankans. They have won most of their matches at this venue. From 1986 to 2016, Sri Lanka has played 104 One Day International games. They have won 64 and lost just 33.
Against India they have played 31 matches they have won 15 matches and lost 13 of them.
Sri Lanka has won most of their games in R Premadasa, 64 matches from 104 games is the highest win for the home team from any grounds in Sri Lanka.
Will this change or will India have an upper hand in his stadium too? This question will be answered to the viewers on the 31st August 2017. The live telecast of this match will be on Sony Pix Networks and live streaming will be available on Sony Liv mobile app.
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Likely playing eleven for India –
India may go with the same squad that played the 3rd ODI on Sunday.
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Kohli (C), KL Rahul, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jhadav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav/Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal and Jasprit Bumrah
Likely playing eleven for Sri Lanka –
Loss of Dinesh Chandimal and captain Upul Tharanga is a huge blow for the Lankans.
Lahiru Thiramane will be in the squad and Gunathalika may come in as a replacement.
Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Chamara Kapugedera (C), Milinda Siriwardana, Malinda Pushpakumara, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Malinga, Dushmantha Chameera.