On Tuesday, Sri Lanka had a speedy start, coming up with fifty runs in the eighth over against India in the 8th ODI of the tri-series at the Gabba in Brisbane. The openers Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene were seen in form and started very well to raise the score for the Sri Lankan team. Jayawardene won the toss and chose to bat first, as the pitch looked great for batting in the day time, but would be difficult to chase runs in, under lights. The Sri Lankan team played with the same team players whereas, for the Indians, there was a change in the players’ line up. Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni and Zaheer Khan were replaced by Virender Sehwag, Parthiv Patel and R Ashwin, respectively. Virender Sehwag was out from the first match due to the back twinge, but is back in this match, whereas MS Dhoni has been suspended from the same.
The match seems to be a challenge for both the teams, where India is confident with one win and a tie against the Lankans and the Lankan team recently played extraordinary cricket against Australia. The Sri Lankans are definitely tough opponents to play with at this moment and even the Indians would be very well aware of their win over the Australians in their last match. If the Lankans take away the match, they would be on par with India with 10 points and a better run rate. Presently, Australia is stable with 14 points from 5 matches, whereas India is at 10 points from 5 matches and Sri Lanka has 7 points from 4 matches. If the Indians want to stay alive in the series, then it’s time they perform well in Gabba.