Convincing win, a must for Sri Lanka
Indians will take it easy:
The final one-day international between India and Sri Lanka at the
Palekelle Stadium today will be a no show. That is because India has
already won the series 3-1 and will be just going through the motions.
Going in to the third game at the R.Premadasa Stadium, when Sri Lanka
got 285, they were set for victory. But they surprisingly let that
opportunity slip. A victory, even if they lost the fourth game would
have kept the interest in the series alive with one to go, going to
While the Indians will take it easy and not lay much emphasis on this
game, having already won the series, the onus will be on Sri Lanka to
win this one and save their skin. Another defeat and critics will turn
their guns on them.
With India perilously placed on 112 for 4 in the fourth game, there
was a deafening appeal for a caught behind off Suresh Raina. Wicket
keeper Dinesh Chandimal and the close infielders swear that Raina got a
But the man of the moment umpire Kumar Dharmasena was unmoved. Sri
Lankans reckon had Raina been given out they could have turned the game
While not challenging that thinking, had the UDRS been in operation
the decision would have been over turned. That’s obviously why the
Indians scoff at the UDRS.
In defence of former off cutting Sri Lankan all rounder, now turned
umpire and an elite one at that and heading for the ‘best umpire of the
year’ award Kumar Dharmasena, it must be said that he did not hear the
faint touch and did not raise his finger.
Dharmasena from the time he joined the elite panel has been growing
in confidence and stature and has earned the respect of all teams for
his unbiased umpiring. He should not be lynched for this genuine
From ball one the Lankans must try and take control and only a
convincing win will enable them to regain lost prestige. They have it in
them to do just that. What they have to do is believe in themselves then
the pieces will fall right.
While the Sri Lankans will put their best side out, the Indians will
have the luxury of giving their reserves, who are as good has their
front liners a go. While this game will lack interest, the Twenty20 on
Tuesday will be chockfull of interest.