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India v Sri Lanka
WACA GROUND, FEBRUARY 8, 2012
Match 2 - IND v SLA
|Sri Lanka 1st Inn||8/233|
|India 1st Inn||6/234|
|Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat|
|India won by 4 wickets|
|Last Wicket:||Kohli, 77 (RO Malinga)|
|Current Partnership:||53 runs, 64 balls, RR:82.81|
Sri Lanka begin their campaign in the Commonwealth Bank series with a game against India at the WACA in Perth and we’ll bring you the live scores and commentary of the action starting at 11.20 am local (15:20 ADST) on Wednesday.
Both teams have struggled in recent times across the formats but India can at least boast of a good home record.
Barring a rain-affected low key tri-series against Scotland and Ireland last year, Sri Lanka has lost everything in the 50-over format since going down to India in the World Cup final.
To add to the Sri Lankan woes, their record in Australia is anything but rosy. They have won only 20 of their 83 games played in this country and that makes the task further onerous for a new captain-coach-combination.
Mahela Jayawardene may have led the side admirably in the past but this will be harder – the team is probably at its lowest ebb in recent times, the batting hasn’t clicked as a unit amidst concerns that the players weren’t paid on time and a new coach in Graham Ford has taken over the reins from Geoff Marsh.
India, on the other hand, went down to England in England but other than that they have held up admirably in ODI cricket. Since winning the World Cup they beat West Indies in their own den and then at home that sandwiched their 5-0 whitewash of England at home.
This aside, the team could be oozing a bit of negativity – they have lost to Australia in all three formats and for a team expected to topple the Australian side, they have been abysmal.
MS Dhoni’s captaincy came in for much criticism throughout the Test series and in terms of selection, nothing seems to have changed.
Picking a plethora of spinners for a game expected to be affected by rain allowed Australia to get away to a mountainous score in the previous game and for that, the captain and the backroom staff need to take the blame.
Indian fans will hope for a change in the 11. Getting in an extra pace bowler will be obvious choice but with the bizarre selections of recent times, not too many will raise an eyebrow if the captain persists with three spinners.
The WACA has seen some excellent crowds during the recently concluded Big Bash League T20 but whether the fans will walk through the turnstiles for an India-Sri Lanka match will be a bit of a question-mark. That aside, expect a good game of cricket, with India going in with their noses slightly in front.
We will bring you the coverage throughout this second CB series ODI from WACA in Perth and hope to receive your opinions as the action unfolds.