Sri Lankan players were working on their fitness during a break from international cricket when the Sri Lankan cricket board gave BCCI a nod to play a hastily scheduled five-match ODI series against India.
Dashing all-rounder Kieron Pollard has been named the captain of the Mumbai Indians after shoulder injury and fractured finger forced regular captain Rohit Sharma to pull-out of the upcoming Champions League T20, starting here from Saturday.
Mahela Jayawardene closed the curtain on an illustrious test career on Monday, leaving a huge gap in the Sri Lanka batting order as well as the dressing room, which the island country will find difficult to bridge.
The victory against Kings XI Punjab has brought them back in the play-offs mix but Mumbai Indians have no time to relax as they take on struggling Delhi Daredevils in another must-win IPL clash, here on Friday.
World champions Sri Lanka held off an England fightback to win by nine runs in a Twenty20 international at the Oval on Tuesday helped by an explosive innings from Thisara Perera and superb bowling from Lasith Malinga.
Kings XI Punjab skipper George Bailey on Saturday praised Mumbai Indians pace spearhead Lasith Malinga and said the two overs from the Sri Lankan towards the end played a crucial part in stopping their winning wheel.
He shone with the ball with a four-wicket haul but Mumbai Indians` pacer Lasith Malinga feels responsible for the team`s IPL loss to Kolkata Knight Riders, saying that a dropped catch by him cost the defending champions dearly.