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Tough battle on the cards as India play Sri Lanka in 3rd ODI

cricket Updated: Jul 28, 2012 14:16 IST
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After a humiliating defeat in the second ODI of the series India will look to return to wining ways and achieve dominance in the series in the third ODI to be played against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Saturday. India had won the first ODI of the series comfortably by 21 runs.

Tough contest between the two teams is on the cards as they meet in Colombo on Saturday. Both the teams know the strength and weakness of each other as players from both the sides play together in the IPL.

India and Sri Lanka both have quality team and so the match from here on is expected to be more exciting. India opener Gautam Gambhir earlier said that it would not be fair to suggest that India had taken Sri Lanka "lightly" in the second ODI, which the visitors lost comprehensively by nine wickets in Hambantota.

After registering a 21-run win in the series opener, India slumped to a humiliating defeat in the second ODI against Sri Lanka on Tuesday.

Gambhir said Sri Lanka looked better prepared after the series against Pakistan, while the Indians were a bit rusty following two-month long break.

"We have never underestimated Sri Lanka. They are a quality side. We have never taken them lightly. It should be a very good series from now on," Gambhir said on the eve of the third ODI to be played at the R Premadasa Stadium.

With the series evenly poised at 1-1, Gambhir said the remainder of the tour will only get tougher for India from here on. "We have done well against Sri Lanka in recent past. They have also played well against us. So, it will be tough as we know the strengths and weaknesses of each other," he said.

He also refused to predict the outcome of third ODI. "You can't predict results If people are honest and give their 100 per cent, nothing else matters," Gambhir added.

The third and fourth ODI of the series will be played at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo while the fifth match and the lone Twenty20 International will be held at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.