3rd ODI: Sri Lanka aim for 2-1 lead

July 28, 2012 | Cricket

When India beat Sri Lanka soundly in the series opener there was reason to believe they had hit their straps, albeit in familiar conditions and against a team they have regularly bossed since 2008, after a poor last year and in their current season opener.

But once the visitors were mercilessly drubbed by Sri Lanka in the second ODI, a familiar pattern of batting frailties and wafer-thin bowling has cropped up.

Going into the third match of the series at Colombo’s R Premadasa Stadium, it is Sri Lanka who are the buoyant side and India the team which needs to address concerns and opportunities.

Sri Lanka’s nine-wicket win was fashioned by the deceptively dangerous medium pace of Thisara Perera, an affable allrounder who has made himself almost indispensable to the set-up.

Thisara’s outstanding day started with the exceptional figures of 3-3-0-3, which ripped apart India’s top order to a point from which the visitors could not recover.

After a stellar series against Pakistan, Perera is shaping up to be India’s biggest threat at the Premadasa.

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