Friday, 16 November, 2018

Hosts elect to bat; Kohli names four changes

Sri Lanka win toss, elect to bat India's Dhawan to miss final Sri Lanka ODI
Ellis Copeland | 03 September, 2017, 13:46

Only four individual half-centuries and all four by different batsmen in different matches highlight the plight of Sri Lanka's batting, which is struggling for consistency as well as continuity with players coming in and out.

Sri Lanka were also whitewashed 3-0 by Virat Kohli's side in the test series.

With Team India dominantly steamrolling over Sri Lanka so far in the ODI series, the Men in Blue will fancy their chances of completing a 5-0 clean sweep when they take on a harried Sri Lanka side in the 5th ODI dead rubber on Sunday.

The fifth and final ODI of the series will be played on Sunday in Colombo.

Where will the India vs Sri Lanka fifth ODI be played?

Manish Pandey, Shardul Thakur and Kuldeep Yadav would be under the spotlight once again as Virat Kohli looks to give them an extended run-in in the team. Our dot ball ratio in the last 12 months is something like 145 in a game.

Sri Lanka's continued defeats against India has left the home batsmen demoralised and a young player like No 3 Kusal Mendis should be given a break to recover, the team's batting coach, Avishka Gunawardene said on Saturday. The two teams have played 31 ODIs against each other at this venue, with Sri Lanka emerging victorious on 15 occasions. Gunathilaka is suffering from a Shoulder injury and Kapugedera is also suffering from Injury. Kusal Mendid made way for the left-hander.

Sri Lanka win toss, elect to bat

Sri Lanka have put up 216, 236 for 8, 217 for 9 and 207 in their last four games.

India have already inflicted a Test series whitewash on Sri Lanka and now they're one match away from doing so in the 50-over format too.

"MS Dhoni is a massive influence on the team".

Ever since making his way back into the Indian team, Dhawan has been in tremendous nick, finishing as the leading run-scorer in the Champions Trophy, that included a 125 against the Lankans at the Oval.

Sri Lanka: Niroshan Dickwella (wicketkeeper), Upul Tharanga (captain), Dilshan Munaweera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Milinda Siriwardana, Wanidu Hasaranga, Akila Dananjaya, Malinda Pushpakumara, Vishwa Fernando, Lasith Malinga.

With the series already in their kitty, Kohli might opt to make a few changes in the playing XI and rest opener Shikhar Dhawan or Lokesh Rahul to accommodate Ajinkya Rahane, who has been warming the bench throughout the series.

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