first_imgA rejuvenated Indian side will aim to complete a hat-trick of victories when it takes on Sri Lanka in the fifth match of the Commonwealth Bank Tri-Series in Adelaide on Tuesday.Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men have got a shot in the arm after beating Sri Lanka and Australia in successive matches and their debatable rotation policy has worked till now.It’s not often that one finds Sachin Tendulkar being rested despite being fit and available, but the positive aspect is the number of options available for the Indian team with talented players like Praveen Kumar and Rahul Sharma raring to go.If the rotation policy is kept in place, it could be Virender Sehwag cooling his heels in this match. Tendulkar is due to return and it could well be the day when the great man finally gets his long-pending 100th international century. It could be fitting too if Tendulkar reaches the coveted landmark in Don Bradman’s hometown.Tendulkar could open with Gambhir, the latter fresh from his Man of the Match-winning 92 against Australia on Sunday.Dhoni, too, found his bearings and lived up to his reputation as a dangerous finisher in the lower half of the middle order.R Vinay Kumar has been the unsung hero of this Indian team. The Bangalorean medium-pacer has accounted for six victims in three matches at 22.50 and an economy rate of only five runs per over.However, the Sri Lankans won’t be mere push-overs, even though haven’t been able to register a victory in their two games.advertisementOn both occasions in Perth, they had India and Australia on the ropes but couldn’t finish off the match. They allowed India to escape from 181 for six in the first match and were just one hit away from prevailing over Australia.It’s a fair bet that the old firm of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, Sri Lanka’s best batsmen, could come good on the batting-friendly track at the Adelaide Oval.Both have been relative failures in the first two matches but have given glimpses of their sublime touch and assuredness. If the two are able to spend quality time in the middle, and Tillakaratne Dilshan is able to give a blazing start, the Lankans have enough all-rounders to post a sizeable total on the board.Sri Lanka are unlikely to make a lot of changes to their playing XI although they could look at the all-round ability of Thisara Perera at the cost of Dhammika Prasad. Sachithra Senanayeke is unlikely to be dropped, since the off-spinner could find the bounce to his liking.last_img

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