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Preview: India look to wrap up series on Tuesday

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Updated: Monday, July 30, 2012, 16:05 [IST]
 
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4th ODI: India aim for a series win

Colombo, Jul 30: Team India is back with a bang after their disappointing outing at Hambantota as they followed it up with a five-wicket win to take a lead 2-1 in the series, would like to keep the momentum going as they take on Sri Lanka in the fourth ODI at Colombo on Tuesday.

According to Gambhir, after Saturday's win, the pressure would be on the hosts as Indians have already taken a 2-1 lead in the five match series and would look to keep the momentum going on Tuesday as well.

'Now that we have gone 2-1 ahead, all the pressure will be on Sri Lanka. They have to win both the remaining games if they want to win the series, while one win will do for us. But that won't be our focus. If we can continue this momentum and wrap up the series in the next game itself, it will be brilliant."

Team India's top order though played well, Virender Sehwag and Virat Kohli who excelled in the first match, haven't really created an impact in the next two ODIs, while Rohit Sharma has been maintaining his poor form, with scores of 0,0 and 5 in the three innings so far, which suggest that he has to make way for Manoj Tiwary who is awaiting a return to ODI fold.

With Ashok Dinda leaking too many runs, it remains to be seen if gets a game on Tuesday while Pragyan Ojha's fitness will seal Rahul Sharma's fate, as he might have to make way for Ojha, once he is fully fit.

Apart from this, Dhoni needs to keep track of India's bowling at death overs, as they are leaking too many runs during the last 10 overs of the match, making it easy for the opponents.

On the other hand, Sri Lanka though upset with their loss against India on Saturday, feel they can stage a comeback as they are aware of the conditions better than the visitors.

With Sangakkara's injury, Sri Lanka's batting line-up seems to be weakened, but with the likes of Mahela Jayawardene, Tharanga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Lanka still pose to be a challenging team. With Jeevan Mendis and Angelo Mathews also playing extremely well, Team India might find it difficult to stop them.

A win on Tuesday will seal the series in India's favour while a lose will ensure the last ODI very crucial as it would be the final ODI of the series which ultimately decides the winner.

Squads

India: MS Dhoni (captain), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli (vice-captain), Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Irfan Pathan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Umesh Yadav, Ajinkya Rahane, Manoj Tiwary, Rahul Sharma, Ashok Dinda, Pragyan Ojha

Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene (captain), Angelo Mathews (vice-captain), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Upul Tharanga, Dinesh Chandimal, Thisara Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Lasith Malinga, Chamara Kapugedera, Rangana Herath, Sachithra Senanayake, Jeevan Mendis, Isuru Udana, Nuwan Pradeep.

Match starts at 2.30PM IST. Catch all live updates, ball by ball commentary here on www.thatscricket.com

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Story first published:  Monday, July 30, 2012, 16:00 [IST]
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