Just like the Sri Lankan team, the Virat Kohli-led India has to keep numbers into account while playing the ODI series, as they have to win the series by a margin of 4-1 to keep their third position stacked in One-day cricket rankings.
A failure in doing so will lead to India crashing out of the top three and losing the spot to England, which is placed at number four on the table.
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Looking at the current form of the Indian team, there are high chances of India clean sweeping the series but surely, taking on Sri Lanka lightly after their abysmal show in the longest format of the game may not be a wise thing to do.
Though, they have just lost the ODI series against weak Zimbabwe team. Still, Kohli led-team India will look to go for all on the show to keep Sri Lanka winless.
Looking at the records, India will go as favourites as it was in the last century when Sri Lanka defeated India in an ODI bilateral series. They are still looking for a win and chances of them accomplishing their task looks quite weak this time as well.
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In the other camp, Sri Lanka is in a desperate need of two wins to get a direct qualification for the World Cup 2019. They have a race against Windies for the one spot in the next edition of the tournament and rating any of the team as favourites at this point is a difficult task.
Challenges await for both Sri Lanka and Windies on their road to World Cup. India also faces a challenge to sustain their place in the top three of ICC ODI rankings.
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