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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Interesting battle on cards at Cuttack

Dinesh Karthik at Adelaide OvalImage via Wikipedia
India start their match against third ODI against Sri Lanka at Cuttack without their captain MS Dhoni. Yuvraj Singh is expected to take his position while Dinesh Karthik will come in place of Virat Kohli (who will consider himself unlucky to be dropped after scoring a 50). The bowling needs a change - maybe rest Ashish Nehra and give a chance to the promising Sudeep Tyagi. Virender Sehwag will be the cynosure of all eyes as he will lead the side for the next 2 ODIs.

Sri Lanka, on the other hand, will miss Angelo Matthews in both departments (especially after his heroics in the last match). Sanath Jayasuriya will probably make a comeback to the playing eleven. The batting wears a good look, especially the first three batsmen who are in top form. The middle-order wobbled a bit after the fall of the initial wickets. That might cause a problem in case the top 3 have an off-day. Malinga coming into the match will prove to be handful for the Indians.

Without MSD, Sri Lanka are the favorites to go up 2-1 in the series.
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