India and Sri Lanka start fourth tussle at Colombo

 . Last updated on August 31, 2017, 4:04 PM
India and Sri Lanka start fourth tussle at Colombo
The fixture is MS Dhonis 300th ODI.


The fourth ODI between India and Sri Lanka set off at the Premadasa. The match is a dead rubber for Sri Lanka, but the host will try at least to get their reputation in order in front of its fans. In the five-match series, India won the first three matches, sealing the series. Even if the series is already out of Sri Lanka's grip, winning the latter matches will allow the team to earn some imperative points, which would help them for a direct entry to World Cup 2019.

In the previous fixtures, the home team played with a tough stance with the ball, but the conjuring was all lost to India’s strikers. MS Dhoni, has been playing as the match winner in the ODI series. The fourth fixture is the 300th ODI of the former captain. He will definitely try to mark the feat with something memorable.

In the fourth Test, India took the pitch first winning the toss. Virat Kohli might have understood the humid condition at the field as an opportunity to strike another record tally. Meanwhile, Lasith Malinga is willing to change the game and utilize the next session to bring out an improved outcome for his team. India is stricken with first wicket of Shikhar Dhawan, but as Virat Kohli came to bat, the skipper broke into the tally plundering consecutive fours. The team started the inning steering for a high score. Kohli, blitz a half century with a strike rate of 132.

In the first three ODI, Sri Lanka batted first. This time, the match could have a different result. Also, there are substantial changes in the team. The team put forward debutant Dilshan Munawera to open. It included a new spinner in the squad, Malinda Pushpakumara. Sri Lanka also brought in Wanindu Hasaranga, the all-rounder. Meanwhile, India included Manish Pandey and Kuldeep Yadav.

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