Home > News >

Live Cricket Score: Sri Lanka vs India – 4th ODI at Colombo

Live Cricket Score: Sri Lanka vs India - 4th ODI at Colombo

Bowling as been a concern for India in the last three ODIs © AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

 

Colombo: Jul 31, 2012

 

India will look to carry forward the winning momentum and seal the series when they take on Sri Lanka in the fourth of the five-match One-day International (ODI) at the R Premadasa Stadium on Tuesday.

 

The visitors gave a good account of their character in the third match of the series with Suresh Raina and Irfan Pathan stitching a record 92-run sixth-wicket partnership to take the visitors home to a 2-1 lead in the series after succumbing to one of their lowest totals against the Islanders in the second ODI.

 

However, lack of consistency by the top-order will be something to worry about for India against the hosts, who will be without their top batsman Kumar Sangakkara following a fracture in his little finger that has ruled him out of the series.

 

Apart from opener Gautam Gambhir, who scored a much needed century in the last game, and Raina’s match-winning knock of 65, the Indian batsmen have thrown away their wickets after getting the starts.

 

Both Virender Sehwag and Virat Kohli have not delivered the goods after decimating the Sri Lankan bowling in the first match.

 

Rohit Sharma’s miserable run seems to have no end and with the voices growing loud for his ouster, it remains to be seen whether the Indian think tank gives Manoj Tiwary a fairly deserving chance.

 

Despite an enormous potential, Sharma has not been able to justify his selection in the playing eleven and has flopped in all three ODIs so far and the time seems to be appropriate for making the necessary change.

 

Indian bowlers have also been an inconsistent lot in the tournament so far. Pace spearhead Zaheer Khan, after a not so impressive couple of matches, bowled with lot of purpose in the third ODI and it will be once again up to him to lead the attack in the right direction.

 

Ashok Dinda, who replaced Umesh Yadav in the playing eleven, leaked away too many runs for his skipper’s liking and he will require to be more disciplined in his approach.

 

Pathan has swung the ball upfront and also been useful with the bat lower down, but the all rounder definitely needs to work out on his bowling towards the later stage of the match.

 

The spinners have been led well by Ravichandran Ashwin and captain M S Dhoni will wish the off-spinner comes good in tomorrow’s match as well. A lot will also depend upon leg-spinner Rahul Sharma, who bowled well in the third game after replacing Pragyan Ojha in the eleven.

 

The 22-yard strip at Colombo produced nearly six hundred odd runs in the previous game and it will remain to be seen how the pitch plays.

 

Sri Lankan bowlers have looked good in patches and the injury to Nuwan Kulasekara has not done them any favour either with his replacement, Isuru Udana, being taken for plenty by the Indian batsmen.

 

The home team have generally been inconsistent and, apart from the second ODI, have led Indians off the hook after creating chances up front.

 

Skipper Mahela Jayawardene will be particularly looking for an improved bowling performance from left arm spinner Rangana Herath. He would also like sling-arm speedster Lasith Malinga to strike early blows to upset the strong Indian batting.

 

Malinga has been found guilty of bowling on both sides of the wicket and Jayawardene would be eager that the mercurial bowler gets it right in the do-or-die encounter for the hosts.

 

The Sri Lanakan batting would also be put to test especially in the absence of Sangakkara. The left-hander has so far done the bulk of the scoring for the hosts. In his absence the onus would be on Jayawardene to see off the Indian challenge.

 

Sri Lankans, like their counterparts from India, have not batted consistently well and it will be imperative for them that the top three deliver the goods tomorrow.

 

Teams:

 

Sri Lanka: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Mahela Jayawardene(c), Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Rangana Herath, Nuwan Pradeep, Lasith Malinga

 

India: Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(c&wk), Manoj Tiwary, Irfan Pathan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Ashok Dinda

 

Catch the live score abd ball-by-ball commentary of the 4th ODI between Sri Lanka and India at Colombo, here 

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (14:00 IST)   at Port Elizabeth

Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (03:30 IST)   at Christchurch

India tour of Australia, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (05:00 IST)   at Melbourne

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Jan 2, 2015 (14:00 IST)   at Cape Town

Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand, 2014-15

Jan 3, 2015 (03:30 IST)   at Wellington

More

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 19, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

New Zealand won by 68 runs

India tour of Australia, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014  at Woolloongabba, Brisbane

Australia won by 4 wkts

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 17, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

New Zealand won by 7 runs

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014  at Centurion

South Africa won by an innings and 220 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Dec 16, 2014  at Colombo

Sri Lanka won by 87 runs

Photos

India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane

Videos

Ind vs Aus: Dhoni analyses the 4-wicket loss at Brisbane

ICC World Cup 2015: England announce 15-man squad

India’s collapse against Australia on 2nd Test at Brisbane: Did the visitors really bat badly on Day 4?

India vs Australia 2014-15, Brisbane: India marks out of 10

Live Cricket Score India vs Australia 2014-15, 2nd Test at Brisbane, Day 4: Australia win by 4 wickets, take 2-0 lead in the series

Anil Kumble Australia India Moments in history Ricky Ponting South Africa

India vs Australia 2014-15, 3rd Test at Melbourne: Twin injuries could see David Warner and Mitchell Marsh miss out Boxing Day Test

India vs Australia 2014-15, 2nd Test at Brisbane: Practice pitches at Brisbane can certainly improve, laments MS Dhoni

Andhra Cricket Association president, DV Subba Rao passes away

Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly voice support for football in India

Indian Super League 2014: Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly get nostalgic during final

India vs Australia 2014-15, 2nd Test at Brisbane: Highlights

India’s collapse against Australia on 2nd Test at Brisbane: Did the visitors really bat badly on Day 4?

India vs Australia 2014-15, 2nd Test at Brisbane: Marks out of 10 for the hosts

India vs Australia 2014-15, Brisbane: India marks out of 10

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014, 5th ODI at Abu Dhabi: Marks out of ten for the hosts

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

653 Posts | 10 Fans

India vs Australia: Murali Vijay's 144, Video highlights

प्रसिद्ध कथक नृत्यांगना सितारा देवी नहीं रही

More broadband connections to boost GDP growth in Asia Pacific: GSMA

India is becoming our largest overseas market, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun says

Bigg Boss 8: Ali Quli Mirza, Renee Dhyani, Upen Patel, Praneet Bhatt, Sonali Raut – who should be evicted this week?

Revealed: The reason why Kishore Kumar’s biopic starring Ranbir Kapoor won’t feature Katrina Kaif!

अभिनेत्री प्रियंका चोपड़ा ने स्वच्छ भारत अभियान में हिस्सा लिया

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here