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Big challenge ahead of Sangakkara

india Updated: Aug 08, 2010 23:44 IST
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Sri Lanka will have to rejuvenate themselves for the coming tri-series. It is a difficult ask after having lost a Test match and this situation takes away a lot of steam from the boys. It is also disheartening for them because they were on the verge of winning the series and ultimately that did not happen. So, Sangakarra has a challenge on hand to get his boys going.

Sri Lanka have played against India a lot of times and have managed only to come second on most of the occasions and this will be on the back of their minds. The defeat to India in the Asia Cup final will also be very fresh.

India, in that final, were also without Sehwag and Sachin, and even then put it across the Lankans. So, this new young Indian team will not be any reason for Sri Lanka to feel confident. Sri Lanka will miss Muralitharan again.

Their bowling attack was found wanting in the last two Tests but then ODIs are a different kettle of fish, which allows bowlers to hide shortcomings to a certain extent

Sri Lanka has Dilhara Fernando in their side and he is a better ODI bowler than in the Tests, but he needs to be consistent with line and length to put pressure on the opposition.

I am very impressed with young Randiv and believe he will definitely be a force in the ODI format. India's bowling will be a bit weaker, but Sri Lanka has to be careful against the young ones as they might surprise Sangakarra and his boys once again.

Sri Lanka has not been a very consistent ODI side. Their batting especially, will have to stand up in big games, which unfortunately didn't happen in the ODI series before the Test matches, and also in the Test series whenever they had to perform under pressure.

Sri Lanka will be without Sanath Jayasuriya, one with whom time has obviously caught up. He was a match winner at the top and both Tharanga and Dilshan need to fill up his shoes at the earliest.