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How India’s enviable record in deciders boosts chances ahead of Sri Lanka ODI

The Indian cricket team will be aiming to seal the series against Sri Lanka in the final ODI in Visakhapatnam and they will be boosted by their recent record in home bilateral series where they have won the big moments in the deciding game of the series.

india vs sri lanka 2017 Updated: Dec 15, 2017 21:00 IST
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Siddharth Vishwanathan
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Indian cricket team captain Rohit Sharma along with teammates arrive in Vizag on Thursday to play the third and last ODI against Sri Lanka.(PTI)

The Indian cricket team has been on a glory run across all formats in the last couple of years at home. Heading into the series decider at Visakhapatnam against Sri Lanka, India are on the cusp of securing yet another series win. Rohit’s team will be boosted by the their magnificent record in deciding encounters of a bilateral series at home in the last five years, be it a three-match, five-match or seven-match ODI series.

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Kings of the decider

Ever since 2013, India have played 10 bilateral ODI series at home, winning nine and losing one. Out of the 10, five of them have gone to the decider.

Against Australia in 2013, India lost the first ODI in Pune but bounced back in Jaipur. Australia went up 2-1 with a brilliant win in Mohali but the Ranchi and Cuttack games were rained off. In Nagpur, India chased down 350 to level the series 2-2. In the seventh and final ODI, Rohit Sharma’s 209 helped India defeat Australia by 57 runs and seal the series 3-2.

In the same year against West Indies, India started off well with a win in Kochi but lost by two wickets in Visakhapatnam. In the third and final match in Kanpur, Shikhar Dhawan’s century helped India win by five wickets and the series 2-1.

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In the 2016/17 series, heading into the last game at Visakhapatnam, New Zealand were undone by Amit Mishra’s legspin to be bowled out for 79 as India won the series 3-2. In 2017, New Zealand won the first ODI in Mumbai but lost in Pune. In the final game in Kanpur, India won by six runs and clinched the series 2-1.

Rare setback

India has suffered only one setback in this period against South Africa in 2015. In the final ODI in Mumbai, centuries from Quinton de Kock (109), AB de Villiers (119) and Faf du Plessis (133) helped the Proteas reach 438/4. India lost the match by 214 runs to suffer a bilateral series loss to South Africa for the first time at home.

With all facets of the team clicking at key intervals, India head into the Visakhapatnam ODI against Sri Lanka as the favourites.

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India in home bilateral series since 2013

Year: 2013

Opponent: Australia

Final match result: Won by 57 runs

Series result: Won 3-2

Year: 2013

Opponent: West Indies

Final match result: Won by five wickets

Series result: Won 2-1

Year: 2015

Opponent: South Africa

Final match result: Lost by 214 runs

Series result: Lost 2-3

Year: 2016

Opponent: New Zealand

Final match result: Won by 190 runs

Series result: Won 3-2

Year: 2017

Opponent: New Zealand

Final match result: Won by six runs

Series result: Won 2-1

First Published: Dec 15, 2017 20:54 IST