India v Sri Lanka
Start time: 08.00GMT
TV: live on Sky Sports
India set out to unearth new talent in this series and so far they are doing pretty well. Ambati Rayudu's maiden ODI century in Ahmedabad silenced a few doubters and it came with India one down with only 18 on the board. At that point it looked as though a contest was on the cards but Rayudu and Shikhar Dhawan put on 122 and took the game away from Sri Lanka.
Akshar Patel, the slow left arm bowler, has been another discovery. His four wickets in the series have cost just 15 each and he has an economy rate of 3.93. It means India could look to rest Ravi Ashwin for this game if they want a return to three pacers. Stuart Binny stands by.
The six-wicket defeat with more than five overs to spare led Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews to read the riot act.
"I think we're slowly getting better, but I'm disappointed and embarrassed by the fact that we were not competitive enough against the Indians," he said.
"They thrashed us in the first ODI and also here. It was a convincing performance by them. We need to get our game up in the next few games to win against them."
Perhaps his charges listen to him. Before the series began, Mathews gave them plenty of excuses and it was obvious they did not fancy the hastily-arranged series. So maybe now they will buck up. There is not much room for manoeuvre in terms of personnel. Almost their entire first-choice bowling unit - Lasith Malinga, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal and Sachithra Senanayake - is absent. Nuwan Kulasekara, listed as a squad member, could make a difference. Upul Tharanga, the opener, was dropped for Kusal Perera who promptly got a duck.
There have been only five ODI played at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium. The first-innings scores read: 249-290-350-300. That suggests a good batting wicket and that is backed up by scores in the last IPL. There is nothing terrifying about the track in scores of 160-142-205-157. We would be surprised if 275 or more was not breached. Indeed, India could be on for 300-plus if they are given the chance to exploit Sri Lanka's weak bowling first up.
India are 1.548/15 and Sri Lanka 2.8815/8. The question punters will now want answered is whether Sri Lanka can begin to be competitive. So far, they haven't even given their backers an opportunity to trade out. In almost 200 overs of cricket, that the tourists are yet to get a foothold is alarming.
Their best hope is to bat first and to bat well. For that to happen two of their four big guns has to come off. Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Mathews.
There is no other reason for poor batting performances so far other than unprofessionalism. This India attack is officially the weakest in the world and at some stage they should be capable of putting the home side under pressure.
Sri Lanka will at least be buoyed by the fact that the Hyderabad wicket, statistically at least, looks the flattest so far. They will be desperate to bat first and if they get the chance, there could finally be room for a trade. However, if they don't expect heads to drop and another pounding defeat.
Top India Runscorer
Dhawan should feel right at home as this is the base for his IPL franchise. So too will Virat Kohli who top scored on his last IPL visit with a half century. Rayudu, given his fine form and No 3 berth, is overpriced at 6.25/1. That is the one piece of undoubted value so far. Dhawan and Kohli are 4.57/2 and 3.8514/5 respectively. Ajinkya Rahane is 4.57/2 with Suresh Raina 5.69/2.
Top Sri Lanka Runscorer
For the first game of the series we tipped Tharanga because he was overpriced by a point at 5.59/2. Now he is 65/1. That is another wrong price and is worth taking. He showed good form in the warm-up, was okay in Cuttack and has a decent record against the Indians. Mathews, top scorer last time, is 6.411/2. Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene are 4.57/2, 3.953/1 and 4.84/1 respectively.
Back-to-lay Sri Lanka if they bat first from 2.8815/8 to 1.84/5