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HindustanTimes Sun,28 Dec 2014
India look to finish in style
PTI
Pallekele, August 04, 2012
First Published: 00:09 IST(4/8/2012)
Last Updated: 00:12 IST(4/8/2012)
Sri Lankan bower Lasith Malinga, right celebrates the dismissal of India's captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, left during the third one-day international cricket match between India and Sri Lanka in Colombo, Sri Lanka. AP/Gemunu Amarasinghe

With the series already under their belt, a confident India will look to continue their dominating run and complete a 4-1 drubbing over an inconsistent Sri Lanka in the final one-dayer here on Saturday.

India have been consistent and have dominated the five-match series right from the start, barring the second ODI, which they lost by nine wickets, after coming into the tournament following a prolonged break. The visitors took an unassailable 3-1 lead after winning the fourth one-dayer by six wickets in their last outing and Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men will now aim to end the series on a high.

Sri Lanka, on the other hand, never bargained to be 1-3 down with just one to play in the one-day series and Mahela Jayawardene's men will hope to salvage some pride by making it 2-3 rather than facing the 1-4 ignominy.

The hosts came to Colombo with series level at 1-1. Given the consistent home favour in the history of games at the Premadasa, the expectations were high from the home team to press ahead the home advantage.

But it was not to be. Rather, it was Dhoni's men who created history at Premadasa by comfortably winning the third and fourth ODI by five wickets and six wickets.

For Sri Lanka, it was not just inconsistency but more of an under-performance which has never been seen in a home series of such high stake.

Apart from Kumar Sangakkara's brilliant 133 in the first game at Hambantota, Sri Lankans have been below par. Take the case of Tillakaratne Dilshan. The opener has failed to fire at the top with only one 50 in the four outings. His partner Tharanga was slightly better getting two 50s.


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