Mon, 01 Jul 2013 13:30:00 GMT | By PTI

Preview: India face Lankan challenge

After a close loss in their opening encounter against the hosts, India would be gunning for victory when they take on Sri Lanka in the 3rd ODI of the triangular series


Preview: India face Lankan challenge (© AFP)

Their unbeaten run brought to a halt, India would look to get over the disappointment of a narrow loss when they take on familiar sub-continental foes Sri Lanka in their second match of the tri-nation ODI series here tomorrow.

The one-wicket loss to the West Indies yesterday ended India's nine-match winning streak during which they lifted the Champions trophy in London last month. India had won four Tests against Australia and five matches in the recent Champions Trophy on the trot.

Tested by the conditions, the famed Indian batting struggled and even though the team's bowlers did a commendable job, the hosts managed to snatch a win by the thinnest of margins.

The Indians also had to contend with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni not taking the field during the West Indian innings due to the cramps he suffered while batting.

It is not clear whether Dhoni was merely dehydrated or was laid low by a hamstring injury. In case of a hamstring injury, Dhoni may not get enough time to recover and take the field tomorrow.

On a pitch which did not exactly help stroke-making, Rohit Sharma shone with a patient half century.

Promoted to the role of opener during the Champions Trophy, Sharma seems at ease in the position and would be expected to come good against the Lankans too.

But the troika of Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Dinesh Karthik found the going tough in the tournament-opener and will have to adapt quickly to make an impact.

Suresh Raina, however, applied himself well for a 44 that was crucial to take India past 200.

The bowlers did their job commendably and could have pulled it off for India had they been given more runs to defend.

The pace trio of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma got the breakthroughs whenever they were given the ball and were ably supported by off-spinner R Ashwin, who also grabbed a couple of wickets.

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