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A lot cannot be expected to be achieved from a one-day practice game. However, India would be pleased to have achieved more than what they expected. While their batsmen had a field day, thrashing the mediocre

It was yet another instance of opportunity lost for Sri Lanka, as India completed a successful tour of the island nation during which they lost only one ODI. The latest win was built on the back of two commanding performances, both by players who have been India’s heroes on this tour.

India wrapped up its Sri Lankan tour by crushing the hosts by 39 runs in the One-off T20I at Pallekele. Irfan Pathan took three top order wickets and Ashok Dinda took four wickets in the end to help India bowl out Sri Lanka cheaply for 116 in 18 overs.

Preview of Sri Lanka Vs India, Only T20I at Pallekele, Aug 7, 2012

India defeated Sri Lanka by 20 runs in a tight contest at Pallekele to finish the 5-match series 4-1. With this series win, India has now gone up to N0.2 in the ICC ODI ratings just behind Australia.

The series may have been lost but Sri Lanka would still like to win the final ODI and reduce the gap between the two teams. The home team had more than one opportunity to get the better of India in the last two games.

India and Sri Lanka have faced each other on innumerable occasions in the past few seasons. But, apart from the time when Ajantha Mendis dominated the Indians, M S Dhoni’s men have had the ascendancy in most clashes. Here’s a lowdown on why India have consistently held the upper hand in spite of both the Asian sides being equally well-balanced.

India tour of Sri Lanka 2012, Only T20: Sri Lanka Vs India at Pallekele, Aug 7, 2012. Match scheduled to begin at 19:00 local time (13:30 GMT, 07:00 PM IST, 06:30 PM IST).

India tour of Sri Lanka 2012, 5th ODI: Sri Lanka Vs India at Pallekele, Aug 4, 2012. Match scheduled to begin at 14:30 local time (09:00 GMT, 02:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM PKT).