Familiar battle

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India, who rediscovered their spark courtesy the crushing victory over the West Indies, will seek to keep the momentum going in the crucial game against the Lankans, who will be equally determined to secure a berth in the final.
India will have to play to their full potential when they meet Sri Lanka in their last league match here on Wednesday to keep alive their hopes of making it to the final of the tri-nation ODI series.
It is a must-win situation for the Indians but they may have a slight edge over Sri Lanka as the islanders would not get any rest due to the rain-forced postponement of their game against the West Indies to be completed on Monday.
On the flip side, the Indians will have to wait until at least Wednesday morning to know the mathematical calculations with regards to the finals berth given that all three teams are in with a chance.
The West Indies-Sri Lanka match, which was into its 20th over, had to be postponed to the reserve day today after rain halted play.
The Indians have no option but to wait for the result of this game to know exactly what they need to do to enter the final.
After losing two of the three matches they have played so far, Virat Kohli’s men will need to be clear about the maths during the final league clash against the familiar foes.
The last time India and Sri Lanka came face to face, the islanders sailed past their neighbours with enormous ease.
But the fatigue factor, which incidentally is also setting in on the clashes between the two South Asian rivals due to their sheer frequency, could prove to be Sri Lanka’s undoing on Tuesday.
Kohli provided the spark, after twin debacles in the first leg, with an inspiring hundred that was also his first as captain.

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