Bangalore, Jul 12: As India gears up for the tour of Sri Lanka to play five One day internationals and a lone Twenty20 later this month, here is a look at how they have fared in the previous years, as they have won two series in Lanka in 2008 and 2009.
India played their first ODI series against Sri Lanka in the island during 1985 which ended in a draw, as both the nations registered a win each while another match yielded no result.
The series was played under the captaincy of Duleep Mendis and Kapil Dev, as Dilip Vengsarkar bagged the man of the series award for his smashing three half centuries in the series, which included scores of 89, 50 and 55.
While the first series between the two nations played in the island was drawn, Sri Lanka registered series victories in 1993 (2-1) and 1997(3-0) while the latter was a clean sweep as Lanka registered three straight wins over India.
If that wasn't enough India's wait continued as the next time they toured Lanka, the three match ODI series was drawn, as two matches were abandoned without a ball being bowled while the first ODI yielded no result as rain stopped play soon after India started their innings which resulted in a draw.
Finally India's wait was worth it as MS Dhoni's boys registered their first ODI series win (3-2) against Mahela Jayawardene's XI in Sri Lanka in 2008 and followed it up with another series victory 4-1 in 2009.
MS Dhoni was named the player of the series during 2008 tour, as he recorded two half centuries during the tour.
While Yuvraj Singh was the player of the tournament in 2009, as had registered scores of 73, 117, 66 to help India wrap the series 4-1.
After a gap of three years, India and Sri Lanka are playing a bilateral series in Lanka as it will be interesting to see the World Cup finalists clash against each other later this month. Given their recent performances, Sri Lanka definitely holds the key as they have an added advantage of playing at home, but India can also fancy their chances, as they have an upper hand over Sri Lanka as they have won more ODIs
According to statistics, Sri Lanka definitely start favourites, especially after their series win (3-1) against Pakistan last month.