February 12, 2008

Yuvraj not in form

With their young pacemen doing a remarkable job, a confident India will square-up against Sri Lanka in the cricket tri-series one-dayer here tomorrow with the form of Yuvraj Singh continuing to be a worrying factor.

Yuvraj, regarded as a one-day specialist, has been struggling to find peak form ever since he landed in Australia and the Indians will be hoping that the dashing batsman rediscovers his touch quickly.

The five-wicket win against the Australians in Melbourne yesterday will serve as a huge morale-booster for Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his young brigade who will now seek to consolidate their position on the points table by putting it across the islanders in the first day game of the tri-series.

The Indians were currently on top of the points table with eight points from three matches, while Australia were close behind with seven points from three matches. Sri Lanka were at the bottom of the table with two points from as many matches.

The two sides have so far been adopted completely opposite strategies in the tournament. While the Indians have played an aggressive brand of cricket, the Lankans have been quite tentative in their approach.

The difference between the two sides was vividly evident when Sri Lanka chose to hang back against Australia in Sydney whereas Indians looked Australians in the eye at the MCG and the latter blinked.

sources:THE HINDU

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