Celkon Mobile Tri-series 2013 India Vs Sri Lanka League Match: Preview

India Vs Sri Lanka

Celkon Mobile Tri-series 2013 India Vs Sri Lanka League Match: Preview

India will take on Sri Lanka today in Celkon mobiles tri-series.  This is the second league match for both the teams.  Both the teams were defeated by West Indies in the first league match.  The match will start at 8.00 pm today. 

Kingston: India will take on Sri Lanka today in Celkon tri-series tourney 2013. This match is crucial for both the teams as both lost their first league match to West Indies.  Each team will play four league matches and they will have to win in at least two matches to play final match.  Thus both the teams are under tremendous pressure.  The team which will lose today’s match will have to compulsorily win the next two matches.

Both India and Sri Lanka played the semi final match of Champions trophy 2013.  India won the match to play the finals and win the tourney.  In the first league match that India played with West Indies in the tri-series, Indian batsmen could not perform well.  They scored only 229 runs which is a small score for a team like India.  India is playing with the same team for the last six one day matches.  It is not clear whether there will be any changes in the team for today’s match.  Dhawan and Rohit Sharma are excelling as openers and the middle order is looking strong with Kohli, Raina and Kartik.

On the other side Sri Lanka is depending on senior players such as Jayawardene and Sangakkara.  These two batsmen are playing a crucial role in building the innings. In the first league match of tri-series, Sri Lanka captain Mathews also played well which is a positive sign for Sri Lanka. What is worrying Sri Lanka is the fact that young players Taranga, Chandimal and Tirimanne are failing.  Lasit Malinga who is the trump card of Sri Lanka bowling does not have an impressive record on India.  Comparing the recent performance of both the teams, it can be said that India is the favourite for this match.

Indian Dhoni is out of tri-series due to injury.  He was injured during the first league match that was played with West Indies.  He is replaced by Ambati Tirupati Rayudu.  Virat Kohli will be the captain for the remaining matches in the tri-series.  Rayudu was selected or two T20 match series that were played with England in India.  But he did not get a place in the final team. The match will be telecasted in Star Cricket from 8.00 pm.