Saturday, May 29, 2010

Challenge for Indian Bowlers against Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka will take on India in their first match of the ongoing Tri-nation series in Zimbabwe on Sunday (30 May 2010). Sri Lanka’s young side which does not have the regular and experienced members like Jayasuria and Sangakkara would face India who started the tournament with a shocking defeat at the hands of Zimbabwe.

India is also missing some of their experienced members. However, it seems that the missing players took a heavy toll on India’s bowling performance. Indian bowlers, more specifically their young pacers, failed to impress at all in the first match.

Indian pace attack against Zimbabwe featured Umesh Yadav, Ashok Dinda and Vinay Kumar, who got into the national team on the back of their performance on the domestic circuit, failed totally against young Zimbabwe batsmen. Indian pacers conceded 148 runs off 23.2 overs with only Vinay Kumar taking 2 wickets.

Indian pacers were unimpressive and it seems there could be change in their pace attack against Sri Lanka. Uttar Pradesh pacer Pankaj Singh could get his India debut. In spin department, India may not make any chance, even though Amit Mishra, Jadeja and Pathan were not very impressive.

Surprisingly, spinners outperformed the pacers in the first match in both innings. Zimbabwe spinners did very well compared to their Indian counterparts. There is a possibility India could play Pragyan Ojha alongside Mishra. In that case, Yusuf Pathan could make way for Ojha.

Sri Lanka has some quality batsmen in captain Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga and Thilan Samaraweera. So, Indian bowlers could face a huge stiff challenge against Sri Lanka.

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