Indian Oil Cup: India brace up for final

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:53 IST

After a too close for comfort 7-run win over the West Indies in the Indian Oil Cup tri-series yesterday, India are bracing up for the big final.

Indian Oil Cup: India brace up for final

Colombo:

After a too close for comfort 7-run win over the West Indies in the Indian Oil Cup tri-series yesterday, India are bracing up for the 'big' final against hosts Sri Lanka to be played on Tuesday.While Sri Lanka are the definite favourites, Indians will be motivated to give it their all to make sure that they set the tone for the rest of the season. Swashbuckling opener Sanath Jayasuriya's shoulder is still sore but he will be playing. Chaminda Vass has not played for close to a month now but he will be back as well for the all-important game. While Muttiah Muralitharan will always be a slippery customer at a ground where Sri Lanka have beaten India 11 times in 19 matches."I think it is an even contest," said Indian cricket captain Rahul Dravid.Sri Lanka may have beaten India twice on the trot in the tournament but the 33 run loss to West Indies would have certainly dented their confidence as well."I look at it in the positive way, its a good wakeup call," said Sri Lankan cricket team coach Tom Moody.Lanka's strengthsSri Lanka's strength at the Khettarama has been knowledge of the home conditions and the part time slow bowlers who've exploited the conditions to the full. With India unlikely to play five specialist bowlers, the hosts are looking to exploit that weakness.For India, Sehwag did a good job as the fifth bowler in the last game but on Tuesday he could clinch the issue with his batting. He knows a big score is long overdue and hopefully a return to form for him could give India the perfect formula to win which is to bat the opposition out of the game.



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