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After Bomb Blast's, Rain and long days of wait, cricket lovers around the World can hope for some real cricket as India plays Sri Lanka in the first of three ODI series on Friday. It's only 4 am as I write this and there's still 6 hours to go before the match starts, so I have compiled some important information's about this India vs Sri Lanka one dayer. You can call it a preview of the match.
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First and foremost, the timing of this India vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI - Its 10 am India standard timing (I expect you to calculate this match timing with respect to countries like US, Canada, UK or wherever you are). All matches in this 3 match series will be played at SSC ground in Colombo which is said to be having lot better draining system as compared to Premadasa Stadium and even if it rains a little, we can watch a complete cricket match.
Another factor in favour of SSC being able to drain quickly is that it is not having big spectators stands which helps in breeze to pass by and take water away. It helps a lot.
Talking about rain, the weather forecast for Colombo on Friday - the 18th of August is predicted to be "thunder showers" which means it might rain. Having said that, It rained at 2.30 on Thursday but still, according to the curator - SSC ground was ready to host a cricket match even yesterday... Good news isn't it..!!
The Pitch report :- Well, SSC was not supposed to host any match till mid time of the proposed Tri series and that is why, the pitch might be under prepared, which has a history of being "absolute" batsmen friendly. This is the ground which saw the highest partnership record of 623 between Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena against South Africa, so I am sure you get an idea of how the pitch can be..!!
India's record on SSC - India have lost 19 matches to Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka and have won only 9. But at SSC, they have beaten the home team on 4 occasions and have lost only twice. This means that Indian team likes SSC ground more than Premadasa and will appreciate playing here now.
Important information - Sri Lanka cricket board has asked BCCI to play 5 ODI series instead of 3 one day match series, and the last decision will be taken later on today. So it's still not fixed whether this ODI is first of 3 match series between India and Sri Lanka (no South Africa) or a 5 ODI series.. wait till evening and look here back again.. I'll have the news for you..!!