STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

India Out to Go for the Kill Against Demoralised Tourists

Two wins from as many matches and the momentum resides with India, who will look to seal the five-match series against Sri Lanka at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here on Sunday.

Published: 09th November 2014 06:06 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th November 2014 10:34 AM   |  A+A-

ind

HYDERABAD: Two wins from as many matches and the momentum resides with India, who will look to seal the five-match series against Sri Lanka at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here on Sunday.

India have set the tempo with impressive wins at Cuttack and Ahmedabad even as Sri Lanka are yet to get into their wonted groove in the stopgap series arranged after West Indies’ sudden pull out. Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews had confided that they lacked match practice.

Nevertheless, the Lankans have the ability to bounce back.  The Virat Kohli-led India will be wary of their opponents’ potential. The home team would want to sustain the winning streak.

It has been so far so good for India, especially in the bigger frame of preparing for tougher battles ahead. This series, so far, has boosted the confidence of some players. The best example is opener Shikhar Dhawan, whose consistency had been under fair scrutiny. But a century and half-century has revived his form, though he is aware the conditions will be different in Australia.  He has combined well with Ajinkya Rahane, who is steadily cementing his place at the top. He has gone about his job meticulously.

Another positive was Ambati Rayudu, whose promotion as number three was welcomed by many. He took the challenge and established his place in the eleven with a well-crafted century in Ahmedabad. It is a sort of homecoming for Rayudu and the fans will hope for a repeat.

Now it is Kohli’s turn to score a hundred and reinforce that he has fully regained his touch. He has looked in knick. As Mahendra Singh Dhoni might return for the last two fixtures, Kohli would want to win the series here itself. 

A lot will depend on the bowlers. The fast bowlers, led by Ishant Sharma (four wickets in the first match), were spot on at Cuttack but went for runs in Ahmedabad.  With Kohli talking of experimenting, players like Stuart Binny or Dhawal Kulkarni might get a chance.  Whether India will opt for a third spinner or introduce Binny, who is a medium pacer and handy batsman, has to be seen.

Axar Patel’s place looks secure, as he was the most impressive of India’s three-prong spin attack in Ahmedabad. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was decent and has fond memories of Hyderabad, where a couple of years ago he had run through Australia.

As for the visitors, they somehow need to come back into the series. They did shown signs of revival in Ahmedabad, especially the batsmen. The classy Kumar Sangakkara was fluent, as was skipper Angelo Mathews. The two form the nucleus of their batting along with aggressive opener Tillakaratne Dilshan and the reliable Mahela Jayawardene.

But the young bowling unit is a concern. Hence, the experienced Nuwan Kulasekara come back. A familiar entity for Indians, he is a wily customer with the new ball and at the death. His presence renders stability to the bowling unit even though the spinners have been ordinary. They will also take heart from that India has a poor record here (1-3).



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

edexworks
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp