After humiliating the opposition in all four matches, India will be aiming for a clean sweep when they face Sri Lanka in the last and fifth ODI of the series to be held at JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi on Sunday. With the series already in their hands, Virat Kohli-led team would want to end this series with a 5-0 scoreline which will be a assurance start-up for an awaited event, World Cup 2015, beginning in less than 100 days time.
The Indian Management had taken decision to give the rest to senior batsmen Suresh Raina for the last ODI. Raina’s unavailability in this match paves the way for new youngsters waiting for their chance in playing 11. It might be possible that aggressive Maharastra batsmen Kedar Jadhav might get a chance to start his international career. Jadhav came into limelight with a 29-ball 50 for Delhi Daredevils on his debut in Indian Premier League. It was seen that on Saturday, extending practice sessions took place and Jadhav was getting attention from coach Duncan Fletcher.
India assistant coach Sanjay Bangar said to reporters on the eve of their fifth ODI at the JSCA International Stadium Complex, “For tomorrow’s game, we don’t have Suresh available. He is being rested. Everybody else is available for selection from the squad we had in the last match (in Kolkata).” The assistant coach added, “Obviously, the boys who have missed out or have not got an opportunity so far will have a very good chance to play on Sunday. Everybody is getting opportunities more or less.”
Rohit Sharma made double ton in fourth ODI and showed his sublime form. Indian batting line-up looked as solid as it could be in last four ODI; with everyone putting some scores for India. India will hope to carry the momentum and capitalize their performance in batting for the last ODI. Shikhar Dhawan is the highest scorer in the series. In bowling department, Umesh Yadav has been a revelation with the new-ball and took ten wickets in the series, while left-arm spinner Akshar Patel is showing a severe competition to Ravindra Jadeja with nine hunts from nine matches. It remains to be seen who will play Sunday’s Match.
Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews has accepted that nothing is going right for them after a set of humiliating failures. The worst part for them was that they were not able to compete India in any department. Even their fielding was not so good as they dropped many catches that made India set huge target for them. They did not bowl well in the absence of their most experienced and front-line bowler Lasith Mallinga. Their bowlers conceded 233 runs in the last 18 overs at Eden Garden. The top order of Sri Lanka had not managed to provide a good start to their middle-order batsmen. They were not able to put defendable total on the scoreboard. Even they were not able to chase a big total due to lack of their batsmen’s form. Sri Lanka will definitely want to win the last game and stop India to make a clean-sweep on them. They will have to gain their confidence and play the last match for their respect and end the series on a positive note.
India have played only two matches on JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi. First match was played against England on Jan 19, 2013 where India got victory by seven wickets. On Oct 23, 2013, Australia played against India, and the game was drawn due to rain. Sri Lanka did not play any match at this ground against India. According to curator, the pitch has a slight bounce and will help spinners later. Dew factor may turn out to be a big factor in second innings.
Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Virat Kohli(c), Robin Uthappa(wk), Kedar Jadhav, Stuart Binny, Akshar Patel, Karan Sharma, Dhawal Kulkarni, Umesh Yadav. Ravichandran Ashwin, Vinay Kumar
Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kushal Janith Perera, Mahela Jayawardene, Dinesh Chandimal(wk), Angelo Mathews(c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Seekkuge Prasanna, Nuwan Kulasekara, Shaminda Eranga, Ajantha Mendis, Chaturanga de Silva, Ashan Priyanjan, Lahiru Gamage, Niroshan Dickwella