India take top ranking with series win

A series dominated by the bat was in the end comprehensively won 2-0 by India. Both Sri Lanka and India declared an innings over 700 in what was a series run fest – mainly for India though.

After the 1st test was drawn with 1598 runs scored for the loss of just 21 wickets you could be forgiven for thinking that this would be the theme throughout the whole series, benign pitches offering no assistance to bowlers with batsman dominated tame draws.

This seemed to still be the case after India posted a massive 1st innings 642 in the 2nd test at Kanpur. Then enter the returning Sreesanth to turn the match and the series with a fine 5 for 75, bowling Sri Lanka out for 229. After enforcing the follow-on, India again bolwed out Sri Lanka for under 300 and won by a massive innings and 144 runs.

This was the breaking point for Sri Lanka who never recovered from that defeat and were again soundly beaten by an innings and 24 runs in the 3rd test from Mumbai.

This test will long be remebered though for a remarkable innings from Virender Sehwag who scored 293 runs from just 254 balls. Sehwag innings was the highest by an Indian in a day, beating his own previous best. He ended up as man of the series with 491 runs at an average of just under 123.

In completing a 2-0 series win, India now also top the ICC Test Rankings, taking over from South Africa. How long they stay there depends on results elsewhere as they have only two tests against Bangladesh between now and October next year.

South Africa could overtake them within six weeks if they beat England by two clear tests, if not Australia could reclaim it with home and away (in England) series wins over Pakistan and series wins over both New Zealand and the current West Indies one, all played before India’s next proper contest in October.

India V Sri Lanka – Day 2 Betting

Sri Lanka are the big drifters in the betting, going out from 4/1 to 10/1, after India amassed 385 for 6 from the 90 overs bowled on day 1.

Sri Lanka got off to a good start, having India 33 for 4 at one stage before a blitz from Yuvraj, Dravid and MS Dhoni put India totally in control by stumps.

The bookies only see two outcomes now with India at evens and the draw at 5/4, only when Sri Lanka bat will we get a better idea if the pitch is as good as India made it look after their dodgy start.

Match Betting

India are evens with 888Sport and Bet365.
The Draw is 5/4 with Totesport
Sri Lanka are 10/1 with Paddy Power and Boylesports

India V Sri Lanka – 1st test betting preview

1st Test Match Betting

The Draw is favourite at 11/8 with Totesport
India are 6/4 with Stan James
Sri Lanka are 4/1 with Betfred

A massive series is in the making here as both sides have a chance to take top spot in the ICC Test Rankings depending on the outcome of the contest.

For Sri Lanka – who currently stand at No.2 in the rankings – any series win will see them take over top spot, while for India a 2-0 win will see them replace current occupants South Africa.

Hard to pick any form here as India haven’t played test cricket since April, having only played three tests all year such is the amount of limited overs cricket they play these days. While for Sri Lanka they have never won a test in India from 14 attempts and are looking to put an end to the suggestions that they are not the best travellers.

India may well be caught up in the hysteria surrounding Sachin Tendulkar who is currently celebrating 20 years of top class cricket, a remarkable achievement. But when you look down their test team it does have a far more solid look to it than any limited overs side they put out, the batting from 1-6 must be the best in the World.

India will welcome back Zaheer Khan and how they have missed him over the past few months, the bowling seems to lack a leader and a bit of know how when Khans not in the side, expect Ishant Sharma to benefit most with the pressure of being the main seamer lifted off his shoulders.

For Sri Lanka this is now the time for them to take the next step up in their development and a series win here would mean the likes of South Africa and Australia would have to take their aim of being the top side in the World seriously, the calmness of Kumar Sangakkara as both batsman and captain will be a major factor if they are to pull it off.

Possible Teams

India – Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (C & WK), Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra.

Sri Lanka – Tharanga Paranavitana, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (C), Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera, Angelo Mathews, Prasanna Jayawardene (WK), Nuwan Kulasekara, Thilan Thushara, Muttiah Muralitharan, Ajantha Mendis

India V Sri Lanka – Betting

3rd Test Match Betting

India are 1/4 with Betfred
The Draw is 18/5 with Totesport
Sri Lanka are 80/1 with Sportingbet and Bet365

Test Match Fixtures/Results

1st Test Nov 16th – Nov 20th at Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad
India 426 and 412/4: Sri Lanka 760/7dec – Match Drawn

2nd Test Nov 24th – Nov 28th at Green Park, Kanpur
India 642; Sri Lanka 229 and 269 (f/o) – India won by an innings and 144 runs

3rd Test Dec 2nd – Dec 6th at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai