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India has edge over depleted Lanka in T20 tie

cricket Updated: Feb 10, 2009 05:37 IST
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On a high after demolishing Sri Lanka 4-1 in the just-concluded ODI series, world champions India will have a distinct edge over the depleted hosts when the sides lock horn in the first Twenty20 international cricket match on Lankan soil.

Sri Lanka will hope to carry forward some of the confidence regained after winning the fifth and final match but Sunday’s defeat was just a blip on the Indian team’s radar after Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men dictated terms for the most part of the series.

With Sri Lanka deciding to rest key players, including regular captain Mahela Jayawardene, deputy Kumar Sangakkara and the spin twins of Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis, Tillakaratne Dilshan will have an unenviable task at hand when he walks out for the toss on Monday.

Having achieved the primary target of clinching the ODI series, the Indian team would be in a relaxed state of mind and tomorrow’s match would be an ideal opportunity for the stroke players to light up the stadium with batting pyrotechnics.

A victim of serial umpiring blunders, Sachin Tendulkar has already returned home but going by the kind of form Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir are in, the Lankans bowlers will have tough time taming the Delhi duo.

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