Sri Lanka v India, Only T20, PallekeleIndia Look High Finish in T2006-Aug-2012 09:21:00 GMT
Pallekele: The world number two ranking clinched following a dominating 4-1 triumph in ODIs, India will now look to stamp their authority against Sri Lanka in the only Twenty20 international on Tuesday at Pallekele.
India's domination was reflected in the margin of victory and they would look to carry their rampaging form to the shortest version of cricket as well.
Sri Lanka and India have played only four T20s since 2009, with both teams winning two each and Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men will look to gain an upper hand on Tuesday.
The match also holds prominence considering the fact that the T20 World Cup is round the corners and it would be hosted by Sri Lanka from next month.
Even all-rounder such as Irfan Pathan performed satisfactorily, prompting coach Duncan Fletcher to say that he would soon command a regular place in the ODI team.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, had nothing to show beside the only victory in the second ODI in the five-match series and the hosts will now pin hopes on their young guns in the T20 international on Tuesday.
Sri Lanka's problems were many. Losing Kumar Sangakkara through injury and having to contend with a below par Lasith Malinga and a Mahela Jayawardene reluctant to take more responsibility up the order.
Among the seniors, Tillakaratne Dilshan has failed to fire in the ODI series. A solitary 50 was what he managed in 2nd ODI and there were a couple of single digit scores underlining Sri Lanka's woeful batting.
Jayawardene, who should return on Tuesday after rather inexplicably opting to stay out of the final ODI, himself made only one 50 plus score in the ODIs. Chandimal who was pushed up the order to take charge was also not able to turn things around.
Sri Lanka's bowling worries are even more acute than their batting. No bowler was able to make the desired impact on the Indian batsmen. Thisara Perera showed only a glimpse of the form he showed against the Pakistanis.
Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene (captain), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Pradeep, Lasith Malinga, Chamara Kapugedara, Rangana Herath, Sachithra Senanayake, Isuru Udana.
India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain & wk), Gautam Gambhir, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary, Irfan Pathan, R. Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Umesh Yadav, Ashok Dinda, Rahul Sharma.
Stats and trivia
- Mahela Jayawardene is 45 short of reaching 1000 runs in T20 internationals.
- Among Test teams other than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, India have played the least T20 internationals - 34.
Tuesday August 7, 2012 (day/night)
Start time 19:00 local (13:30 GMT)