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India will play 5 ODIs and one T20 during the Sri Lankan tour starting January 28, 2009.
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India vs Sri Lanka Cricket Series 2009Schedule
- Wed 28, January 2009: First ODI - India v Sri Lanka at Dambulla
- Sat 31, January 2009: Second ODI (D/N) - India v Sri Lanka at Colombo
- Tue 03, February 2009: Third ODI (D/N)- India v Sri Lanka at Colombo
- Thu 05, February 2009: Fourth ODI (D/N)- India v Sri Lanka at Colombo
- Sun 08, February 2009: Fifth ODI - India v Sri Lanka at Colombo
- Tue 10, February 2009: Twenty20 (D/N)- India v Sri Lanka at Colombo
India will play 5 ODIs and 3 Tests during the Sri Lankan tour starting July 23, 2008.
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- Wed 23 - Sun 27 July, 2008 : India vs Sri Lanka First Test at Colombo
- Thu 31 July - Mon 4 August, 2008 : India vs Sri Lanka Second Test at Galle
- Fri 8 - Tue 12 August, 2008: India vs Sri Lanka Third Test at Colombo
- Mon 18 August, 2008 : India vs Sri Lanka Ist ODI at Dambulla
- Wed 20 August, 2008 : India vs Sri Lanka 2nd ODI at Dambulla
- Sun 24 August, 2008 : India vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI at Colombo
- Tue 26 August, 2008 : India vs Sri Lanka 4th ODI at Colombo
- Fri 29 August, 2008 : India vs Sri Lanka 5th ODI at Colombo
Sri Lanka vs India One Day International Series at Colombo
Colombo One Day International Series cancelled
Sri Lanka Cricket officials, concerned by the expense of a series with no play, met with their India counterparts and reached their decision. Only 22 deliveries were bowled during the week, in monsoon season, despite reserve days being put in place.
The three-match series was hurriedly organised after a tri-series also involving South Africa was cancelled. The Proteas pulled out because of security fears following a deadly bomb attack near their hotel on 10 August. The first one-dayer saw only 16 minutes of play despite being spread over two days on Friday and Saturday.
The second game on Sunday was abandoned without a ball being bowled as heavy rain continued to lash the Sri Lankan capital throughout the day. The third and final match was to have been played on Tuesday.
India keen to set record straight against Sri Lanka
Rahul Dravid and his men, after remaining in the confines of their hotel rooms for most of their time since arriving in Sri Lanka last Thursday, would be eager to have a crack at the Lankans who have a strong record on their own soil. India thrashed their opponents 6-1 when the two met in the former's home turf late last year, but they would be also mindful of their ordinary 20-21 win-loss record in the Emerald Isle.
The last time the Indians won a series in the island nation was in 1998 when they won a three-match series 2-1. Virender Sehwag will probably be the happiest of the lot playing on a ground that saved his career almost five years ago. It was here that he scored a 69-ball century against New Zealand and he will want to do it all over again ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy in October.
With Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar likely to open the innings, Sehwag will face a new challenge, batting in the middle order, a position he's done pretty well at. All eyes will be on Tendulkar, who will finally get a taste of international cricket after almost six months. But Yuvraj Singh will be keen on making amends after a series defeat in the Caribbean. India Team: Rahul Dravid (Captain), Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Suresh Raina, Irfan Pathan, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, Sreesanth, Ramesh Powar, Ajit Agarkar, Munaf Patel, Rudra Pratap Singh and Dinesh Mongia.
Sri Lanka Team: Mahela Jayawardene (Captain), Kumar Sangakkara, Upul Tharanga, Sanath Jayasuriya, Tillekaratne Dilshan, Marvan Atapattu, Chamara Kapugedera, Farvez Maharoof, Lasith Malinga, Dilhara Fernando, Muttiah Muralitharan, Malinga Bandara, Ruchira Perera and Prasanna Jayawardene.
South Africa pulls out of tri-series
Earlier, Cricket South Africa's security agency Nicolls and Steyn recommended that the team should return home following Monday's bomb blast here that left seven dead.
The media manager of the Sri Lankan Board, Samantha Alagama, said the tri-series thus stood cancelled. India and Sri Lanka will now play a three-match ODI series on August 18, 20 and 22 in Colombo. All the three matches will be played at the Singhalese Sports Club Stadium, which has better drainage facilities. These will be day matches.
IndiaRahul Dravid (Captain), Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Suresh Raina, Ajit Agarkar, Irfan Pathan, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Munaf Patel, Harbhajan Singh, Ramesh Powar, Dinesh Mongia, Rudra Pratap Singh.
Sri LankaMahela Jayawardene (Captain), Marvan Atapattu, Kumar Sangakkara, Muttiah Muralitharan, Sanath Jayasuriya, Upul Tharanga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chamara Kapugedera, Farveez Maharoof, Chaminda Vaas, Lasith Malinga, Dilhara Fernando, Malinga Bandara, Ruchira Perera, Prasanna Jayawardene (Wicket Keeper).
R. Premadasa Stadium
The stadium is the brainchild of the late Sri Lankan President Ranasinghe Premadasa, who championed the development of this colossal 35,000-seater concrete bowl, the biggest stadium in Sri Lanka. Opened on February 2, 1986 with a match between a Sri Lanka 'B' side and an England 'B' team, the stadium was built on swampland previously used by monks ferrying across to the Khettarama temple adjacent to the stadium. The inaugural one-day international was played on April 5, 1986 between Sri Lanka and New Zealand. On August 28, 1992 it hosted its inaugural Test match between Sri Lanka and Australia. The venue is best remembered for holding the world record for the highest Test total - 952/6 declared by Sri Lanka against India in 1997/98 in which former Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya scored 340 and Roshan Mahanama 225, the pair sharing the highest partnership for any wicket in Test cricket with 576 for the second wicket. Since that record-breaking match, it has hosted just one Test against New Zealand. Invariably flat, the pitches are slow in pace and low in bounce. A new training center has been developed behind the stadium with 16 practice pitches and dormitories for the Sony Max Cricket Academy which started in 2003.