India's ODI record in Sri Lanka
India will be playing their eight bi-lateral series in Sri Lanka, starting 20th August. Since 1985, India have played seven series and won three of them. One series ended in a tie. As India take on Sri Lanka once again, let us look back into the history of India's previous tours of Sri Lanka.
Details of ODI Series
India first toured Sri Lanka for an ODI series in 1985, followed by tours in 1993, 1997, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2012. All the three ODIs played in 2006 were abandoned due to rain, with even not a ball bowled in second and third ODIs.
India's first tour of Sri Lanka
In this three-match series, India won the first match by chasing a target of 242, with Dilip Vengsarkar scoring a 66-ball-89 and Ravi Shastri 67. Sri Lanka won the second rain-affected match, leveling the series 1-1. The third match was washed by rain, with India setting up 195 runs for SL as Vengsarkar smashed another half-century. The series ended in a draw 1-1.
Two back-to-back wins for SL
In 1993, captain Mohammad Azharuddin's three half-centuries in as many matches were not enough for India, as Sri Lanka took away the series 2-1. Moreover, after their World Cup win, in 1997 SL whitewashed India to win their second series 3-0.
Three series wins under MS Dhoni
India toured Sri Lanka under MS Dhoni's leadership in 2008 for a five-match ODI series, with India winning their first bi-lateral ODI series 3-2 in SL. In early 2009, India again went to Sri Lanka to win five match series 4-1. Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh were the stars of the tour. India completed a hat-trick in 2012 with another 4-1 win.