• India may have relinquished their world No.1 status in Tests, or maybe just handed over tenancy, but they now have the World Cup-winners tag to carry. There is little doubt that India are better in the shorter form and though some might argue that anything would be better than what they have just seen, there are a couple of issues they need to resolve.

     

    India have picked nine batsmen and seven bowlers which isn't unusual in itself except that none of the batsmen really bowl and none of the bowlers really bat. There isn't a Sourav Ganguly anymore to bowl seam up, neither is there a Yuvraj Singh to give MS Dhoni seven or eight overs consistently.

     

    And so, if you choose to play five bowlers, which has never really been the Indian way, somebody has to bat number seven. After the revelation from Amit Mishra at the Oval, maybe he could be that person, though Ravichandran Ashwin probably has greater credentials at this stage.

     

    It is more likely, though, that India will play seven batsmen

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  • Fifth one
    day game - Sri Lanka vs Australia at Col-RPS on 22.08.11: Sri Lanka won
    by four wickets

     

    SR Watson's
    56 in this game provide the 119th occasion of an Australian batsman
    scoring a fifty against Sri
    Lanka in one day games. His knock also
    provide the 49th occasion of an Australian opening batsman scoring a
    fifty against Sri Lanka

     

    SE Marsh's
    70 in this game provide the 100th occasion of an Australian batsman
    scoring a fifty against Sri
    Lanka in one day games. His knock also
    provides the 39th occasion of an Australian opening batsman scoring
    a half century against Sri
    Lanka. SR Watson's 56 in this game represent
    his 25th one day half century and 31st fifty.

     

    Australia was all out
    for 211 in this game providing the 13th occasion of Australia dismissed all out against Sri Lanka.
    Out of the 13 occasions, Australia
    has lost ten games when it was dismissed all out by Sri Lanka including this game.

     

    SL Malinga performed the
    hat trick in this game by capturing the wickets

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  • Fourth one
    day: Sri Lanka vs Australia at Col-RPS on 20.08.11: Australia
    won by five wickets

     

    Sri Lanka was
    dismissed all out for 132 runs in this game to provide the 30th
    occasion of Sri Lanka all
    out against Australia.
    This total also represents the fifth occasion of Sri
    Lanka dismissed for a total less than 150 against Australia.
    The other four occasions are - 91 at Adelaide on
    28.01.85, 115 at Brisbane on 07.11.10, 125 at Sydney on 08.02.08 and 129 at Melbourne on 04.01.90

     

    Sri Lanka's 132 in
    this game represent its lowest team total against Australia
    in Sri Lanka.
    Its previous lowest was 160 at Galle
    on 22.08.99

     

    This game
    was KC Sangakkara's 300th one day game. He became the 17th
    cricketer in the annals of one day game to play 300 plus one day games. He
    became the sixth Sri Lankan cricketer to appear in 300 plus one day games.
    Others are - ST Jayasuriya {445}, DPMD Jayawardene {351}, M Muralitharan {350},
    WPUJC Vaas {322} and PA de Silva {308}

     

    RT Ponting
    was dismissed for

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