India v Sri Lanka (Ind v SL), Micromax Cup Final at Dambulla, Preview, Score, Streaming, Videos, Highlights
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India faces Sri Lanka in the final of the Micromax Cup tri-series on August 28, 2010 at Dambulla. You can follow the highlights of the India-Sri Lanka final at Dambulla here.
Live Scorecard, Commentary, Highlights of India v Sri Lanka, Dambulla.
The routes to the final of both, India and Sri Lanka have been varied, despite the inconsistencies exhibited by both. India were routed for 88 in their game against New Zealand, edged past Sri Lanka in the second, then lost to the hosts after being bowled out on 103, before winning a must-win, virtual semi-final against New Zealand.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, won against New Zealand, but lost to India in a controversial game which made more news for the one run that Virender Sehwag did not score than the 99 he did. They followed it up with a crushing win over India to book their place in the final before anyone else.
One gets the sense that the batting will hold the key on this bowling-friendly surface at Dambulla. So far, none of the batsmen except Sehwag have been able to collar the opposition bowling, and it may not change for this game either. The batsmen will have to be smart in manoeuvring the bowling around and accumulating the runs, instead of going for the big heaves.
Sri Lanka have a lot more at stake in this game, given that in the four ODI series that India has played in their country under MS Dhoni, the hosts have won none. Even in the tri-series between the same three teams, India, Sri Lanka and New Zealand, played last year in Sri Lanka, the Indians had overcome Sri Lanka in the final thanks to a brilliant Sachin Tendulkar knock.
Live Scorecard, Commentary and Highlights of the Micromax Cup final between India and Sri Lanka on 28th August, 2010 at Dambulla
Bat first or second, the Dambulla track is the one that bowlers would love to take home and sleep on. And then carry it in their back-pockets as well. It has a lot of pace and bounce, as was evident in the previous games, and under lights, the ball begins to swing and seam as well. The issue, however, is that if the team batting first is sensible enough to get to 230, one can be rest assured that it is a match-winning score on nine of ten occasions.
India seemed to have made a tough call in the previous game by apparently playing to New Zealand’s strength and getting in a fourth seam bowler, Munaf Patel, in place of Pragyan Ojha. One gets the sense that the Indians will continue to go in with that strategy, especially in conditions that will be favourable for the pace bowlers and against a side which relishes spinners.
The batting had also exhibited a change with the recall of Virat Kohli in place of Rohit Sharma. While Kohli did not make too many runs, but only managed to get fined 15% for showing dissent at his decision, he can be expected to continue maintaining his place. What needs to be seen is if Dinesh Karthik will continue to open the innings for India, or be pushed down the order. In that case, Kohli could be pushed up to partner Sehwag at the top of the innings.
Sri Lanka had surprised everyone in the previous game against India by getting in Mahela Jayawardene at the top of the innings. However, it was even before that, when Thisara Perera captured his five wickets that the Indians had been baffled. They had seen off the new ball and tried to go after the new bowler, but only found themselves gifting their wickets away. Perera may not that be as effective in the final as he was, but it is certain that the Indians will treat him with much more respect.
With the track behaving the way it is, it is almost certain that the Lankans will also go into the game with their four seam bowlers. Suraj Randiv will be their lone spinner and will be playing his second game against India after that controversial match in which he disallowed Sehwag from getting to 100 by bowling a no-ball. It will be a battle to watch out for, Indians versus Randiv, after the previous one fizzled out when the Indian side collapsed even before Randiv had bowled a single delivery.
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