Wednesday, December 23, 2009

India vs Sri Lanka 4th ODI 2009: Preview and Live Score

The absence of two big players in Indian cricket team will encourage Sri Lanka to perform well and make their come back in the ODI series. Indian regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is out of the ODI tournament for his two match ban due to slow over rate. He can take part in the final ODI match against Sri Lanka. Replaced player Dinesh Karthik could fill the absence of MS Dhoni in a very good way. However, hard hitter batsman Yuvraj Singh has been left out because of his finger injury. This matter will give some relief to Sri Lanka team. New skipper Virender Sehwag could successfully lead India team and snatched a victory in the 3rd ODI.

With the hope of winning the series one match at hand, India will take on Sri Lanka in the 4th ODI match. This match will take place at the Eden Garden in Kolkata. Fourth ODI match can become a series deciding match for both teams. Sri Lanka has not won any series yet in Indian soil. This is the perfect year for touring side Sri Lanka to make a record in Indian soil. Their ODI series victory can be a farewell for spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan. You may know that it is the last tour series for Muttiah Muralitharan. You know that he is injured and he can not play. It is up to the other players to bring this happy memory for him.

India is leading the 5-match ODI series 2-1. Fourth ODI match is going to be much competitive game between these two teams. Millions of fans will be watching to see that if Sri Lanka can snatch the victory to make the series level. This match will kick off at 09:00 GMT (14:30 GMT). In the first two matches of this ODI series, we saw top scoring game where batsmen ruled the matches. After that we saw bowlers took the control of the pitch in the 3rd ODI match. I think we can see the same thing in the 4th ODI match. Eden Garden is bowling friendly pitch. Especially spinners will get benefit in this venue.

At the beginning of this entry, I have told you that India will be under huge pressure after losing two potential batsmen for the 4th ODI match against Sri Lanka. However, master blaster batsman Sachin Tendulkar has got back his form. He scored unbeaten 96 in the 3rd ODI match. Virender Sehwag is enough to make a fierce start in the opening stand. Virat Kohli is the probable player who can replace Yuvraj Singh. It is expected that he will play a potential role in the in the middle order position. On the other hand, Sri Lanka will hope to make a good start in the opening stand. They will depend on Tillakaratne Dilshan. His aggressive batting style can change the match result. He is now in good form. Dilshan scored two consecutive centuries in the first two ODI matches against India. So, he will get much importance in the 4th ODI match. However, I think that another opener Upul Tharanga can help his team to stay in the crease passionately and make a big partnership with others. Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara is in formidable form. Who do you think can win the match?

Fans are also curious to know the squad of both teams. We can see some big change in the Indian squad. I have given the probable squad of both teams that can be used in the 4th ODI match.

Indian Squad: Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Dinesh Karthik, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Praveen Kumar, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra.

Sri Lankan Squad: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara (WK & C), Mahela Jayawardene, Sanath Jayasuriya, Thilina Kandamby, Randiv, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis, Nuwan Kulasekara, Welededara.

Who will be the player to watch? I think that the main fight will be held between two opening batsman Virender Sehwag and Tillakaratne Dilshan. Let us see who can perform well.

This match will be shown live on NEO Cricket. However, many websites will also give live score and I am giving names of some of them in below-

I hope you will enjoy this match live on TV or various websites.

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