i think it will very tight i thik sri lanak have slight edge with the test series winSri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene insists his team have a fresh set of plans for the five-match ODI series against from Monday.
Jayawardene might have been forgiven for wanting to stick to the same blueprint that saw his team outplay India in the three-match Test Series, but he plans to keep the tourists guessing.
The Indian one-day side is vastly different from Anil Kumble's Test team, but Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men will still have to negotiate the threat posed by Sri Lanka's spinners Ajantha Mendis and Muttiah Muralitharan.
Dhoni's one-day team has already been subjected to an examination from the spin pair in the Asia Cup. The Indians failed miserably, losing in the finals against the Lankans.
"We are very confident about the way we are playing," Jaywardene told reporters.
"We are developing a group of young players and the senior guys are doing a great job.
"We just need to to work hard and make sure that we do things right.
"The one-day game is a different ball game altogether and the Indians pose a very different challenge.
"We just have to make sure that we get our game plan right."
Getting off to a good start will be the first of Jayawardene's priorities and will be looking to his most experienced and trusted pair - Sanath Jayasuriya and Kumar Sangakkara.
Jayasuriya had set the ball rolling in the final of the Asia Cup with a battling 125 at the top of the order, reviving the Lankan innings which had sunk to 66 for four at one stage.
"I was happy to be part of the Asia Cup squad. It was a pleasant experience to win the tournament," said Jayasuriya, who has retired from Test cricket.
The Indians warmed up for the series in style, defeating a Sri Lanka XI in a tour game on Friday.
Yuvraj Singh, who has been at home after being dropped from the Test squad, smashed a 154-delivery 172 as the Indians emerged winners by 92 runs.
But neither Mendis, who finished with a rich haul of 25 wickets in the Test series, nor Muralitharan was part of the Sri Lanka XI.
Yuvraj stressed the importance of adapting to the conditions.
"The knock in Colombo has given me a lot of confidence and I hope I can continue this form," he said.
"But I had also prepared well before coming here and am aware that the conditions in Dambulla are quite different from those in Colombo.
"It's important we play according to the conditions and not to people's expectations."
Having opted out of the Test series, Dhoni comes into the one-dayers with a period of rest behind him.
The skipper, however, was handed a blow when his most experienced player, Sachin Tendulkar, was ruled out of the series due to an injured elbow.
"It's very difficult to replace him. Not only on the field, but of it as well," said Dhoni.
"He's always digging deep into his experience and advising us, so it's going to be a big loss."
Dambulla will host the first two one-dayers before the series shifts to Colombo for the last three matches.
A lot will be at stake for the ICC rankings when India and Sri Lanka take on each other for a five match ODI series from Monday.
Sri Lanka and India will be making final touches to their preparations for next month's ICC Champions Trophy 2008 in Pakistan when they go head to head in a five-match ODI series starting in Dambulla from Monday.
The ICC Champions Trophy 2008 will run from 12 to 28 September and Sri Lanka is in group B with South Africa, New Zealand and England while India is with Australia, Pakistan and the West Indies in Group A.
While the series will provide the two teams an opportunity to get in the one-day mode for the second biggest tournament after the ICC Cricket World Cup, plenty is at stake for the two teams in the Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Championship with fourth-placed India having the chance to leapfrog New Zealand into third place while seventh-placed Sri Lanka can climb three places to fourth position.
On the other side of the coin, India could drop to as low as seventh if it loses all its matches while Sri Lanka could finish behind the West Indies in eighth place on 98 points if it fails to win a match in the series.
These are the potential scenarios:
If India wins the series 5-0, it will go ahead of New Zealand on 118 ratings points and Sri Lanka will drop to 98 ratings points and eighth position on the ladder
If India wins 4-1, it will stay in fourth place but will reduce the gap with New Zealand to one ratings point while Sri Lanka will slip to 101 ratings points
If India wins 3-2, both the teams will maintain their positions but India will gain one ratings point
If Sri Lanka wins 3-2, it will leapfrog England to share fourth place with India and Pakistan on 110 points. However, India will stay fourth, Pakistan fifth and Sri Lanka sixth when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point
If Sri Lanka wins 4-1, it will rise to fourth with 112 ratings points while India will slip to fifth on 108 ratings points
If Sri Lanka wins by 5-0, it will share joint-third position with New Zealand on 116 ratings points but will remain behind the Black Caps when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point. In that case, India will slip to seventh place on 105 ratings points.
In the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is within touching distance of top spot. Dhoni was on top of the batting list for a week in April 2006 and has only South Africa's Graeme Smith ahead of him.
Sixth-placed Sachin Tendulkar is likely to lose ground after an elbow injury has sidelined him for the ODI series. A player loses one per cent of his rating for missing every match which means a good series by Sri Lanka's 10th-placed Kumar Sangakkara could cause some reshuffling in the top 10.
Yuvraj Singh (15th) and Gautam Gambhir (19th) are the other India batsmen in the top 20. Both are well placed to move upwards if they perform well in the forthcoming matches.
Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya (15th) also has a top 10 spot firmly within his sights.
In the Reliance Mobile Player Rankings for ODI bowlers, Sri Lanka's iconic spinner Muttiah Muralidaran is the highest-ranked bowler from either side in fourth place while his team-mate Chaminda Vaas is in fifth spot.
Farveez Maharoof (17th) is likely to slip in the rankings after the selectors decided against rushing him back for the India series despite including him in the ICC Champions Trophy squad. Maharoof is recovering from a side strain.
Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is the highest ranked India bowler in 24th position and is well placed to enter the top 20. Fast bowlers Zaheer Khan (35th), RP Singh (46th) and Praveen Kumar (49th) are the other India bowlers in top 50 who will be eyeing an upward movement.
Australia's Nathan Bracken leads the list from New Zealand's Daniel Vettori.
In the Reliance Mobile Player Rankings for ODI all-rounders, Jayasuriya is in seventh place and has a good opportunity to break into the top five. The list is headed by Pakistan's Shoaib Malik with Vettori in second place.