It will be the 4th of the 5 match ODI series between India & Sri Lanka which has already been won by India. India is leading 3-0 in this 5 match series. This match will be played at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.
Sri Lanka are facing lots of trouble after their captain Upul Tharanga was suspended to play next 2 ODI’s due to slow over rate, The stand in captain Chamara Kapugedra is also ruled out of the series due to injury. So it will Lasith Malinga who will lead the side in the 4th ODI. Sri Lankan selector Sanath Jayasuriya has also resigned from the post, only a win can cheer the Sri Lankan fans.
India who have already sealed the series may want to give chance to youngsters like Shardul Thakur & Manish Pandey in the playing XI. All the talking has been on the form of Virat Kohli he has scored mere 7 runs in last 2 innings. A big score is due from his bat, which we may witness in upcoming game.
Historically it has been a pitch where the spin has played a key role. It has been tough for batsmen to adjust and do run scoring freely. There has been no official saying about the pitch for the 4th ODI yet.
in the last 4 completed games played at Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. First inning scores have been (1-2 denotes match won by side batting first or second)
288/1, 227/2 , 256/2 , 316/1
Average first batting total in last 4 ODI’s is 271.
Probable XI :
Sri Lanka : 1 Niroshan Dickwella (wk), 2 Lahiru Thirimanne, 3 Kusal Mendis, 4 Dinesh Chandimal, 5 Angelo Mathews, 6 Thisara Perera , 7 Milinda Siriwardana 8 Akila Dananjaya, 9 Dushmantha Chameera, 10 Vishwa Fernando, 11 Lasith Malinga(Capt)
India : 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli(capt), 4 Kedar Jadhav, 5Manish Pandey/KL Rahul, 6 MS Dhoni (wk), 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Axar Patel, 9 Yuzvendra Chahal/Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Shardul Thakur, 11 Jasprit Bumrah
Watch out for :
Angelo Mathews : He is considered as one of the best cricketer in Sri Lanka , but has failed to deliver in last 3 games, neither with bat nor with ball. He has to pull up his socks and do something worth remembering for his country and fans.
MS Dhoni : It will be his 300th ODI game. He has been brilliant in this series, his heroics alongside Bhuvneshwar Kumar in second ODI, will be remembered for decades. He is yet to be dismissed in this series. he has finished last 2 games for India with scores of 45* & 67* respectively. He won’t fail to deliver if he gets a chance in his 300th ODI game.
Stats and trivia:
- Rohit Sharma’s 124 in last game was his first hundred on Sri Lankan soil.
- MS Dhoni will play his 300th ODI game. He enters with an whooping average of 51.93, only batsmen in history to do so.
- Bhuvneshwar Kumar has not picked up a single wicket in this series.