CT 2017: Angelo Mathews joy as Sri Lanka rock India
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 08, 2017,
Jun 08, 2017, 23:58
Dhawan was the main man in India's opening partnership against Pakistan, playing all the aggressive shots and taking the pressure off Rohit Sharma, who was just easing himself back into worldwide cricket. But Sharma and Dhawan absorbed everything Sri Lanka threw at them, and stuck to the team formula: A cautious first 10 overs, and surge through the middle overs, to set up a big finale. The ODI match is scheduled to begin at 3:00 PM IST.
Moments prior to Sri Lanka's must-win Group B match against India at The Oval, Sangakkara laughed off a possible return to national duties despite suspension and injury rocking his former teammates.
Harbhajan also had an advice for the Indian batsmen when they face veteran Lasith Malinga, who can be lethal against any side on his day. Also, you can join in early before the match starts for expert reviews and opinions about today's match.
Upul Tharanga, who had captained Sri Lanka against South Africa, in Mathews' absence, had to serve a two-match ban for Sri Lanka's abysmal over rate in that match. "I expect the top order as well as Kohli and Yuvraj Singh to take off from where they left in Birmingham", he added.
If bowling on this surface wasn't hard already, Sri Lanka were lethargic on the field, slow to cut off angles and failed to throw down the stumps on the odd occasions that India's opening duo chose to tease the fielders. India's selection of bowlers - with Mohammed Shami and R. Ashwin excluded - was justified, although it can be argued that none of them were severely tested.
Virat Kohli and his men will be looking to seal a spot in the semi-finals with a win against Sri Lanka.
It was in the forty second over that Pradeep went for some runs when Dhawan first thumped him for a huge six and later on, Dhoni punished him for two boundaries later on.
Sri Lanka was dealt another blow on Wednesday, when Chamara Kapugedera injured his knee while fielding.
Lee's home country Australia, in Group A, are now in second spot after both their games had been washed out due to rain.
In what could be expected as a seam-friendly surface at The Oval, Sri Lanka can expect a stern challenge from the India pacers, especially from Umesh Yadav.
The 100 came up in the 20th over - their second century stand in successive overs.