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IND vs SL 4th ODI: India beat Sri Lanka by 7 wickets and won the series 2-1

Chasing a target of 260, India beat Sri Lanka by 7 wickets in the fourth and final ODI of the Hero Honda Cup in Vizag to win the series 2-1.
Indian skipper Rahul Dravid will be thrilled with the all-round performance that the team put in, with the bowlers dismantling the Sri Lankan top order and the batsmen scripting a responsible chase. While the Indian chase had an uneasy beginning with Sourav Ganguly retiring hurt in the first over, the blistering partnership between Robin Uthappa (52) and Virender Sehwag (46) ensured that the required rate was always under control.
Thereafter, despite a brief wobble as three wickets fell in quick succession, Ganguly (58 not out) and Yuvraj Singh (95 not out) shared a classy 145-run stand, which saw the two left-handers mix aggression with caution to ensure that India romped home with six overs to spare. Yuvraj Singh's elegant knock of 95 in 83 balls, in particular, was a sight for sore eyes as he creamed the Sri Lankan bowling for 11 boundaries and three sixes. As far as the bowlers are concerned, Zaheer Khan and Ajit Agarkar took two wickets each, while Sreesanth, Sehwag and Ganguly picked up one a piece. Sourav Ganguly was adjudged the Man of the Series for his all-round contribution, which included 168 runs in the three innings he played. Reported Earlier: Chamara Silva's maiden international century helped Sri Lanka makde 259-7 in the fourth one-dayer against India. In a match reduced to 47 overs each by morning dew, the tourists were soon in trouble as they slumped to 56-4. But Silva lifted the total with an unbeaten and run-a-ball 107 to add 68 with Tillakaratne Dilshan (28) and 64 with Farveez Maharoof (28). Reported Earlier: India have won the toss and elected to field in the fourth and final ODI against Sri Lanka at the ACA-VDCA Stadium in Vizag.
The start of the match has been delayed due to a wet outfield, and after inspecting the conditions, the umpires have decided that the match will start at 10.00 (IST). Indias injury woes continue in this series with Sachin Tendulkar and Munaf Patel both pulling out. However, Munafs injury has offered S Sreesanth another opportunity. India team : S Ganguly, R Uthappa, V Sehwag, Y Singh, R Dravid (c), M Dhoni (Wicket Keeper), D Karthik, A Agarkar, H Singh, Z Khan, S Sreesanth
Sri Lanka team : S Jayasuriya, C Silva, M Jayawardene (c), K Sangakkara (Wicket Keeper), M Atapattu, T Dilshan, R Arnold, F Maharoof, M Bandara, L Malinga, D Fernando
One-day international, Visakhapatnam: India 263-3 (41 overs) beat Sri Lanka 259-7 (47 overs) by seven wickets

IND vs SL 4th ODI: Tendulkar to miss Vizag ODI

India's ace batsman Sachin Tendulkar was Thursday ruled out of the fourth and final limited-overs international against Sri Lanka after complaining of a stiff back.
Indian cricket board's secretary, Niranjan Shah said the team management has decided to rest Tendulkar from Saturday's match in the southern coastal city of Vishakhapatnam due to his stiff back. The indisposed Tendulkar is the latest in India's injury problems ahead of the World Cup, which begins in the West Indies on March 13.
Pace bowler Irfan Pathan has missed all previous matches against Sri Lanka due to a sore shoulder. Another pace bowler, Ajit Agarkar and middle-order batsman Yuvraj Singh have also struggled with their fitness. Agarkar was down with flu and Singh afflicted by back pain at the start of the series, but featured in Wednesday's one-dayer that India won by five wickets. Going into the last game of the four-match series India and Sri Lanka are tied 1-1. The series opener was disrupted by heavy showers and abandoned as a draw. India team (from) : S Ganguly, R Uthappa, V Sehwag, Y Singh, R Dravid (c), M Dhoni (Wicket Keeper), D Karthik, A Agarkar, H Singh, Z Khan, M Patel
Sri Lanka team (from) : S Jayasuriya, U Tharanga, M Jayawardene (c), K Sangakkara (Wicket Keeper), M Atapattu, T Dilshan, R Arnold, F Maharoof, M Bandara, L Malinga, D Fernando

IND vs SL 3rd ODI: India beat Sri Lanka to level series 1-1

Pace bowler Zaheer Khan took his career-best wicket haul as India defeated Sri Lanka by five wickets in the second one-day international to level the three-match series 1-1.
Left-armer Zaheer took five for 42 runs while Mahendra Singh Dhoni smashed a whirlwind 74-ball 67 and captain Rahul Dravid a responsible 82-ball 66 to help India to victory with 3.3 overs to spare at the Nehru Stadium. Sri Lanka had scored 230 for eight wickets in 50 overs and India made 233 for five in 46.3 overs. The third match will be played at Visakhapatnam Saturday. Reported Earlier: Sri Lanka scored 230 runs for the loss of eight wickets from their alloted 50 overs in the third ODI played today at Goa. The Lankans were off to a weak start, losing 3 quick wickets for just six runs after winning the toss and electing to bat first. However, contributions from lower middle-order batsmen viz Atapattu (42), Dilshan (42), Arnold (66 not out) helped them put up a decent score. Zaheer Khan was India's top bowler, claiming five wickets for 42 runs of his 10 overs.
Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene won the toss and elected to bat first in the third ODI against India at the Nehru Stadium in Goa. The start of the match in Goa has been delayed by 30 minutes owing to the morning due which resulted in the outfield being wet. The Indian middle-order will be bolstered with the return of Yuvraj Singh and they will be hoping that he can strike form before the World Cup. India team : R Uthappa, S Ganguly, R Dravid (c), S Tendulkar, V Sehwag, Y Singh, M Dhoni (w), A Agarkar, H Singh, Z Khan, M Patel
Sri Lanka team : U Tharanga, S Jayasuriya, M Atapattu, K Sangakkara (w), M Jayawardene (c), T Dilshan, R Arnold, F Maharoof, M Bandara, N Kulasekara, L Malinga
Third ODI, Goa: India 233-5 beat Sri Lanka 230-8 by five wickets

IND vs SL 3rd ODI: Pathan, Sreesanth, Kumble ruled out

Irfan Pathan, S Sreesanth and Anil Kumble will miss the third cricket one-dayer against Sri Lanka on Tuesday.
Pathan, who missed the first two matches of the series due to a sore shoulder, has still not recovered fully. Anil Kumble has pulled out the tie due to some personal reason while speedster Sreesanth has been rested for the match, skipper Rahul Dravid said while declaring the twelve. Ajit Agarkar and Yuvraj Singh, who were out of the first two matches due to injuries, will take the field on Wednesday. Sri Lanka lead the four-match series 1-0. India team (from) : Rahul Dravid (Captain), Sourav Ganguly, Robin Uthappa, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Wicket Keeper), Ajit Agarkar, Harbhajan Singh, Munaf Patel, Zaheer Khan, Dinesh Karthick.

IND vs SL 2nd ODI: Sri Lanka beat India by 5 runs

Sri Lanka defeated India by five runs in a tense encounter in the second ODI at the Madhavrao Scindia Stadium in Rajkot.
From being in a position of considerable strength, India buckled under the pressure created by some good bowling and fielding by the visitors, eventually needing 11 runs of the final over. While MS Dhoni (48) made a valiant attempt to take India home, his wicket brilliantly caught by Maharoof in the outfield, on the penultimate delivery of the match sealed India's fate. For Sri Lanka, the game was a true test of grit and character, as they continued to keep fighting while playing catch-up on a number of occasions. Along with this, the bowling performances of Farveez Maharoof, who bagged 3 for 37 and Malinga Bandara, who picked 2 for 36, must be a real confidence booster, considering that Chaminda Vaas and Muttiah Muralitharan are not playing this series. However, the day, without a doubt, belonged to wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara, who smashed a scintillating 110 of 127 balls and picked up two catches and the stumping of Sachin Tendulkar. Earlier, Dravid won the toss in the morning and put Sri Lanka to bat first. For India, Zaheer Khan was replaced by Anil Kumble. Reported Earlier: With the first India-Sri Lanka ODI at Eden Gardens Kolkata coming to an watery end after just 18.2 overs the weather over here in Rajkot looks bleak with rain being experienced even yesterday evening.
The game today at Madhavrao Scindia Cricket ground is going to be vital for the two teams, but the Indian captain is finding hard to name a 12 member team due to injuries. Irfan Pathan is down with a shoulder injury while Yuvraj Singh is suffering from a back injury. Ajit Agarkar is also not fit through flu. The Madhavrao ground unlike Eden Garden cannot hold a crowd of over 10,000. Nevertheless an official at the grounds stated that one could expect a high scoring game today. But skipper Dravid is not going take the Sri Lankans lightly, in spite of the absence of two top players Chaminda Vaas and Mutthiah Muralitharan.
India is likely to retain the team that played in the first ODI at Kolkata, while Sri Lankans are also unlikely to make any changes. India team : Robin Uthappa, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid (Captain), Dinesh Karthik, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Wicket Keeper), Harbhajan Singh, Sreesanth, Anil Kumble, Munaf Patel
Sri Lanka team : Mahela Jayawardene (Captain), Sanath Jayasuriya, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara (Wicket Keeper), Marvan Atapattu, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Russel Arnold, Nuwan Kulasekera, Farveez Maharoof, Lasith Malinga, Malinga Bandara
Second ODI, Rajkot : Sri Lanka 257 for 8 (50.0 overs) beat India 252 for 9 (50.0 overs) by 5 runs

IND vs SL 1st ODI : Rained out

Only 18.2 overs were possible before rain forced the opening one-day international between India and Sri Lanka in Calcutta to be abandoned.
With Sanath Jayasuriya hitting 13 boundaries in an unbeaten 63, the tourists reached 102-3. The staff tried for several hours to clear surface water at Eden Gardens but umpires Simon Taufel and Suresh Shastri ruled conditions were not good enough.
The second game of the four-match series will take place in Rajkot on Sunday. Reported Earlier :Rahul Dravid won the toss and elected to field in the first of the four-match ODI series against Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Indian skipper Rahul Dravid suggested that the decision to field first was taken considering the due factor that will come into play later on in the day. India will be looking to the returning Virender Sehwag to get some runs under his belt, while Sri Lanka will be hoping that their bowling attack can deliver despite the absence of the experienced Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas. India team : R Uthappa, S Ganguly, V Sehwag, S Tendulkar, R Dravid (c), D Karthik, M Dhoni (Wicket Keeper), H Singh, S Sreesanth, Z Khan, M Patel
Sri Lanka team : U Tharanga, S Jayasuriya, M Jayawardene (c), K Sangakkara (Wicket Keeper), M Atapattu, T Dilshan , R Arnold, F Maharoof, M Bandara ,L Malinga, N Zoysa

IND vs SL 1st ODI : Agarkar, Pathan and Yuvraj doubtful for first ODI

India were grappling with injury worries on the eve of their first match against Sri Lanka in a cricket series which will serve as a litmus test for out-of-form Virender Sehwag in his bid to secure a World Cup berth.
As many as three players Ajit Agarkar, Irfan Pathan and Yuvraj Singh were rendered doubtful starters because of injury problems forcing the team management to defer naming the playing line-up for the day-night encounter at the Eden Gardens. Agarkar was down with flu while Pathan, desperate to regain his form to earn a place in the World Cup squad, had a sore shoulder and did not bowl during practice. Yuvraj, who has just recovered from a knee injury, had a stiff back. The list of casualties may force the Indian think tank to alter their plans for the game which was expected to be watched by a capacity crowd.
Indian captain Rahul Dravid said the playing eleven would be decided tomorrow to give the injured players a little more time to regain fitness. Besides Sehwag, Pathan and paceman Munaf Patel, considered vital cogs in team composition, will also be under the scanner before the selectors choose the final 15 for the World Cup on February 12. India, who are coming from a 3-1 win over West Indies in the recent home series, would like to maintain the winning momentum and the massive 6-1 victory over the islanders a year ago could serve as a psychological cushion for the team. India team (from): Rahul Dravid (Captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Robin Uthappa, Yuvraj Singh, Sourav Ganguly, Dinesh Kaarthick, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Irfan Pathan, Ajit Agarkar, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, S Sreesanth and Munaf Patel.
Sri Lanka team (from): Mahela Jayawardene (Captain), Kumar Sangakkara, Sanath Jayasuriya, Upul Tharanga, Marvan Atapattu, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chamara Silva, Russel Arnold, Upul Chandana, Farveez Maharoof, Lasith Malinga, Dilhara Fernando, Malinga Bandara, Nuwan Zoysa and Nuwan Kulasekera.

IND vs SL 1st ODI : Rain threatens India Sri Lanka ODI in Kolkata

The threat of rain looms large on the first One-dayer between India and Sri Lanka with the weatherman forecasting a cloudy sky and downpour on Thursday.
India will take on Sri Lanka in a day and night encounter at the Eden Gardens.
"We may expect cloudy weather as well as possibility of rain in some parts of the state," the Regional Meteorological Centre said today. "There had been a series of circulation from west to east at present in the region and the vortex was going over the gangetic West Bengal as well as sub-Himalayan West Bengal. "Presence of vortex helps incursion of moisture over the region and consequent development of thunderclouds. This may continue for a couple of days," according to the forecast.

IND vs SL 1st ODI : Cricket teams arrive in Kolkata

The Indian and Sri Lankan cricket teams arrived in the city today for the one-dayer at the Eden Gardens on February 8.
The Indian players started arriving in batches since last night from various parts of the country while the Sri Lankans landed here at 12.40 p.m. from Mumbai. Among the Indian players, Munaf Patel came last night while skipper Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, Robin Uthappa and S Sreesanth reached the city from Bangalore this morning. Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and Virender Sehwag were among those who came from Delhi.
Team management said all players in the 15-member squad, except Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan and Ajit Agarkar, were already in town. The three Mumbai cricketers were expected to arrive this evening. With the BCCI shifting the match from Pune to the city with very little time left, an acute shortage of rooms has forced the organisers to house the rival teams in two different hotels. In view of the Bhubaneswar incident involving coach Greg Chappell who was pushed from behind by a Kalinga Sena activist at Biju Patnaik airport, heavy security is in place to prevent any untoward incident.

Hero Honda main sponsor for India Sri Lanka ODI series

Hero Honda Motors will be the title sponsor for the forthcoming ODI series between India and Sri Lanka starting with a day-night match in Kolkata on February 8.
The Hero Honda Cup will see the two sub-continental cricketing giants, India and Sri Lanka, take on each other in the four-match series as a build-up to the much awaited ICC World Cup 2007 in West Indies. The series assumes tremendous importance as the selectors will zero in on the final 15 for the World Cup squad after first two matches at Kolkata and Rajkot. Trying to cash in on the rising World Cup fever, Anil Dua, vice president (Marketing & Sales), Hero Honda Motors Ltd, said in a release, the Hero Honda Cup is a unique opportunity for Indian cricket lovers to cheer their national team and wish them all the best before they go into the eagerly awaited ICC World Cup.

Sri Lankan team arrives in India

The Mahela Jayawardene-led 15 member Sri Lankan cricket team, without key bowlers Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas, arrived today for a 4-match ODI series against India commencing at Kolkata's Eden Gardens on February 8.
Off-spinner Muralitharan and left-arm pace bowler Vaas, Lanka's most successful bowlers in one-dayers over more than a decade, are carrying niggles and have been rested by the Lankan selectors ahead of the March-April World Cup in the West Indies. The side touring India, which is to play matches at Kolkata, Rajkot (Feb 11), Goa (Feb 14) and Vishakapatnam (Feb 17), includes recalled tall left-arm pacer Nuwan Zoysa, leg-spinner cum lower order batsman Upul Chandana, middle order batsman Russel Arnold and medium pacer Nuwan Kulasekera. The series provides the last chance for both Lanka and hosts India to fine-tune for the World Cup, besides affording the islanders a chance to avenge their 1-6 defeat in the previous series the two sides had contested last season here. Sri Lanka Team: Mahela Jayawardene (Captain), Kumar Sangakkara, Sanath Jayasuriya, Upul Tharanga, Marvan Atapattu, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chamara Silva, Russel Arnold, Upul Chandana, Farveez Maharoof, Lasith Malinga, Dilhara Fernando, Malinga Bandara, Nuwan Zoysa and Nuwan Kulasekera.

Eden Gardens to host India Sri Lanka match

The first India-Sri Lanka ODI that was to be held in Pune has now been shifted to Kolkata due to internal problems in the Maharashtra Cricket Association.
However, a lot of people feel Kolkata has got a match after over a year because of a top change of guard in the Cricket Association of Bengal. Prasun Mukherjee, the newly elected President of CAB, inspected the infrastructure at Eden Gardens after the sudden approach by the BCCI to host the first ODI. The match originally slotted for Pune on February 8 is now in Kolkata's lap.

Sri Lanka rests Murali, Vaas for India series

Sri Lankan cricket selectors decided on Wednesday to rest their main strike weapons Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas for the upcoming four-match one-day series in India.
Left-arm paceman Nuwan Zoysa and Nuwan Kulasekera, a right-arm medium pacer, were recalled to support leg spinners Malinga Bandara and Upul Chandana. Russel Arnold also won a recall at the expense of the up and coming batsman Chamara Kapugedera, who was named a standby. The first one-dayer will be played on February 8 in Pune, western India, followed by Rajkot on February 11, Goa on Febrary 14 and Visakhapatnam on Februry 17.
Sri Lanka Team : Mahela Jayawardena (Captain), Kumar Sangakkara, Sanath Jayasuriya, Upul Tharanga, Marvan Atapattu, Russel Arnold, TM Dilshan, Chamara Silva, Malinga Bandara, Upul Chandana, Farveez Maharoof, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Zoysa, Dilhara Fernando and Nuwan Kulasekera.

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.