India eyeing hat-trick win in CB series tomorrow
A rejuvenated Indian side will aim to complete a hat-trick of victories when they take on Sri Lanka in the fifth match of the Commonwealth Bank Tri-Series, in Adelaide tomorrow. Sangakkara starts mindgamesindia Updated: Feb 13, 2012 11:30 IST
A rejuvenated Indian side will aim to complete a hat-trick of victories when they take on Sri Lanka in the fifth match of the Commonwealth Bank Tri-Series, in Adelaide on Tuesday.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men have got a shot in the arm after beating Sri Lanka and Australia in successive matches and their much in debate rotation policy has till now worked.
Not often that one finds Sachin Tendulkar being rested despite being fit and available but the positive aspect is the number of options available for the Indian team with talented players like Praveen Kumar and Rahul Sharma raring to go.
However Sri Lankan side won't be mere pushovers even though haven't been able to register a single victory.
Twice in Perth, they had India and Australia on the ropes and just couldn't finish off the match. They allowed India to escape from 181 for 6 in the first match and needed only a hit to prevail over Australia.
It's a fair bet that senior players Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, Sri Lanka's best in batting could come good on the batting-friendly track of Adelaide Oval.
Both have been failures in the first two matches, but both have given glimpses of their sublime touch and assuredness. If the two are able to spend quality time in the middle, and Tillekratne Dilshan is able to convert his blazing start, Lankans have enough all-rounders to post a sizeable total on the board.
Sri Lanka are unlikely to make a lot of change to their playing XI although they could look at the all-round ability of Thisara Perera at the cost of Dhamika Prasad, but it's unlikely they would pull out Sachithra Senanayeke since the off-spinner could find the bounce of Adelaide Oval to his liking.