ODI Tri-series: Dhoni’s Men-In-Blue favourite against Jayawardene’s Lankan Tigers

Adelaide: After their thrilling victory against Australia on Sunday, India will be oozing with confidence before their match against Sri Lanka at the same venue here on Tuesday. India have suffered badly at the hands of the Australians in the Test series and their back-to-back wins in the ODIs – the first one against the Lankans -- will go a long way in boosting their morale. Going by the overseas record where India have registered more wins against their Island neighbour, the Men-In-Blue will fathom their chances against the Lankan Tigers and Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men will try not to let the advantage slip from their grasp.

Sri Lanka on the other hand though haven’t been able to register a win in the ongoing Commonwealth Bank Series, too, had their opportunities to win both the matches that they have played so far and know their abilities to beat any team on a given day. The battle between these sub-continent teams more often than not has proved to be nail biting and going by the words of Kumara Sangakaka, India should not take the Lankans lightly by any means.

"Our strength has always been playing India away from India. India are always strong in India, with the smaller grounds and conditions they are used to. But away from home, we have always done very well against them," said Sangakkara, though the record speaks otherwise where in Australia India have lost only one out of six matches against Sri Lanka. Nevertheless, Sri Lanka is a dangerous side and India need to avoid the last over heroics if they want a place in the finals.

The Adelaide pitch will suit both the teams as its good to bat and the strength of both the teams lies in their batting. Spinners will have a role to play and in this aspect India seems to have a slight edge in the bowling department as with no Muralitharan around, India’s R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja pose to be a bigger threat than Senanayake.

India always is a better side on papers as far as batting is concerned. Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni have been playing well in the one-dayers and with Gautam Gambhir finding his form in the last match against Australia, things are going to be tough for the Lankans. Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma also looked in good, though they failed in to cash on their good starts,. And going by the rotation policy Sachin Tendulakar will play in place of Sehwag and that will boost the batting line up as the Delhi opener has been struggling since he landed in Australia.

Sri Lanka have had problems as their captain Mahela Jayawardene has been struggling since their series in South Africa while Dilshan has also scored in patches. The only batsman who has been scoring run consistently are Kumar Sangakkara and the impressive Dinesh Chandimal. It is very important for Sri Lanka to win the match or they will find it really difficult to reach the finals.