India need to guard against complacency against Lanka, says Harbhajan

India's Virat Kohli applauds the fans during ICC Champions Trophy match against Pakistan

India's Virat Kohli applauds the fans during ICC Champions Trophy match against Pakistan

Kohli knows momentum can change quickly in one-day competitions, especially against a desperate Sri Lanka team looking to bounce back from defeat to South Africa in their opener.

Since ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, every time India participates in a ICC event, the "mauka mauka" fever takes over social networking websites.

The Men in Blue would be brimming with confidence after they thrashed Pakistan by 124 runs (D/L method) at Edgbaston on Sunday and would go into their match against Sri Lanka at the Oval to be played on Thursday as clear favourites. On a high after the 124-run win over Pakistan, Virat Kohli and his side must not let the intensity levels down.

While India ticked nearly all the boxes in their victory against Pakistan, the Sri Lankans, in their opening fixture, looked as if they have only entered the tournament to add numbers.

India's bowling has been a revelation in recent years in the sense that, while earlier its strength laid in the spinners it had in its ranks, right now it also has a varied and highly effective pace attack.

For Sri Lanka, this is a do-or-die match where a lot will depend on how well skipper Mathews plays and the kind of performance Malinga gives while bowling first up. "And Yuvraj came in and just took all the pressure off me", he said.

"I also hope to see Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja make the most of the conditions at The Oval".

Tharanga has been suspended for two matches owing to over-rate offences.

"To lose a player to suspension is a setback in itself".

Kapugedera's injury is the latest blow to Sri Lanka after stand-in captain Upul Tharanga, deputising for the injured Mathews, was banned for the remaining two group matches as punishment for his team's slow over rate against South Africa last weekend. "Let's not forget the upcoming game is extremely crucial from Sri Lanka's point of view because the team has already lost to South Africa and faces a must-win situation against the defending champion", Harbhajan wrote.

"If it ends up being a 50-overs-a-side game, then I don't see Sri Lanka troubling India at all", he added but cautioned against taking things for granted.

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