Confident India look to seal series

Published: Tuesday, August 26, 2008, 12:29 [IST]
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Praveen Kumar, who shares new ball with Zaheer, holds key to India's chances Colombo:The fourth one-day international between India and Sri Lanka at the Premadasa Stadium was called off without a ball being bowled due to rain here on Tuesday.

The match will now be played on Wednesday -- the reserve day.

Confident Team India, with two back-to-back wins, is keen to continue winning momentum and will aim to seal the five-match ODI series in the fourth one-dayer to be played at the PSS Stadium here on Wednesday.

Dhoni's men made a fairytale comeback with two consecutive wins in as many games after being routed in the first match played in Dambulla.

India sans Sachin and Sehwag has done exceptionally well with Zaheer-led seam attack showing the way. The seam bowlers have bowled their heart out on the hostile wickets and made up for the batting failure. The biggest worry for India is the patchy form of middle-order.

Yuvraj Singh has been going through a prolonged lean patch. He has failed to read unorthodox spinner Mendis and has been his bunny in the tour. The form of some of the other younger batsmen like opener Gambhir, Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina is giving the team management sleepless nights.

All through the series skipper Dhoni has been the mainstay of Indian batting. The young and matured captain from Ranchi curbing on his natural attacking instincts has shown his batsmen how to negotiate the the turn and awkward bounce on tricky Lankan wickets. Debutant Kohli, though has shown glimpses of brilliance, needs to be consistant.

Team India needs to make improvement in fielding department if they are to fancy their chances of winning this tie and series.

On the other hand Lankans who are in a do-or-die situation, have a galore of problems. The biggest of all is there top-order failure.

The spine of Lankan batting Sangakkara and Jayasuriya yet to fire. And this is right time to do so.

India, in all probabality, will retain the winning combination. Lankans may recall pacer Dilhara Fernando at the expense of Thushara.

Squads (Probables):

India: Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt-wk), S Badrinath, Rohit Sharma, Praveen Kumar, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan and Munaf Patel.

Lanka: Sanath Jayasuriya, Mahela Udawatte, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Chamara Kapugedera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chaminda Vaas, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dilhara Fernando, Ajantha Mendis and Muttiah Muralitharan.


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