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India seek series win in quest of No. 1 ODI team tag

cricket Updated: Jan 12, 2010 18:41 IST

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The winning momentum back after their three successive wins, India would seek to maintain their supremacy over Sri Lanka and start the season on a positive note when they take on the islanders in the final of the cricket tri-series in Mirpur on Wednesday.

India lost their opening match of the tri-series against Sri Lanka on January 5 but bounced back strongly with three thumping wins –- two against Bangladesh and one against Kumar Sangakkara and his men -– to be high on confidence as they go into the summit showdown.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni's side had a successful ODI record last year winning four series. They would be eager to pocket the ongoing tri-series as well, which will come as a morale booster not only going into the Test series against Bangladesh starting in Chittagong on January 17 but also for the tough season ahead.

After the Asia Cup in Pakistan in June 2008, India have won all the tournaments involving Sri Lanka except for the ICC Champions Trophy and Dhoni and his men would want to extend their dominance over the islanders at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Wednesday.

A win tomorrow will also narrow down the gap between India and current ICC ODI rankings leader Australia. India are seven points adrift Australia at 123 points going into the tri-series and having achieved the world number one status in Tests last month, they would be eager to occupy the top spot in ODIs as well sooner than later.