Sri Lanka Batting Video
Watch online cricket highlights from the 4th One Day Match - Sri Lanka vs India - from the Idea Cup Series 2008 played on 27th August. India won this game to take the Idea Cup. For Sri Lanka, Chaminda Vaas reached 400 wickets in ODIs when he picked up Yuvraj Singh.
Yesterday's scheduled game being washed out, the weather finally gave us a match today. MS Dhoni won his straight 4th toss, which to a certain extent had its role. In the last game one could see flaws in Dhoni's knock which eventually turned out to be a match winning one in hindsight. But today was different. Battling a fever from yesterday and intense fatigue and bouts of head-spin it was a fantastic knock 71 (80) from the outset. Built completely on utter determination to win, there were also finally glimpses of his hard-hitting self. The knock of the match however was Suresh Raina's 76 (78) - look out for some absolutely breathtaking strokes from Raina. Their partnership nullified Mendis and Murali with surprising ease and India eventually reached 258, with things falling away towards the end.
Sanath Jayasuriya finally got into this series 60 (52). Don't give it a miss. Praveen Kumar suffered quite a bit. There are two plausible reasons - Praveen was seriously moving the ball around and on several occasions moved it a bit too much. The other is that Praveen Kumar had given Jayasuriya a send-off in the last match after getting him out. Munaf Patel, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj basically did the rest while the Sri Lankans messed up at crucial times. Thilan Thushara tried in the end but it was a bit too much gone by then - he'd taken 5 wickets earlier though. All in all, a super win for the Indians considering no one seriously expected this to happen so convincingly.
Now one can just imagine the raucous clamouring over the next week in India about how seniors are useless etc. There are a couple of things that need to be put in perspective I suppose - 4 Toss wins made a difference to a certain extent. Zaheer Khan bowled much better in the ODIs than Tests. Praveen Kumar (member in the ODI squad) was also better than Ishanth Sharma on the whole. India came back to level the test series, then got unlucky with injuries in the final test, but that is offset to a certain extent by Sehwag and Tendulkar missing this ODI series. Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman played Mendi-Murali a lot better by the third test and there's no doubt what they learnt would have been passed on to the ODI members. Apart from Mahela Jayawardene the rest of the Sri Lankan batting was going through some serious form loss in the ODIs which can't only be attributed to better bowling by the Indians. So in short, this is a win that justifies Tendulkar being the only senior in the squad, but doesn't mean much when you're thinking of the Test squad. The only person who seriously looks like replacing anybody (most probably Sourav) is Yuvraj Singh. But he's not been in great form. Also, tough times ahead for Robin Uthappa (who's been on a domestic run spree. But he's too much of a match-winner to be seriously out of the reckoning. Interesting selections for Vengsarkar coming up.
India lead the series 2-1 going into this game. In a way, this match could well turn out be the battle of the left-handers - Yuvraj Singh and Jayasuriya/Sangakkara. All three haven't really done much in this series and their team's success today could well depend on which of them gets going.
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