India leads Sri Lanka 71-53 in 136 ODIs played against each other. Suffering a setback in 1979 World Cup from the minnows Sri Lanka, then an Associate Nation, India played cautiously and has won 10 times as against Lanka’s 2 win in the 15 bilateral ODI series they played till 2009/10. In 2012 16th ODI series is evenly poised between the 2011 World Cup Finalists.
Data captured before the start of India-SL ODI series, 2012
India in Sri Lanka 2012 Series Fixture and Results
There has been two series sweep (3-0 once for both), and three heavy wins (twice 4-1 and once 6-1) for India. Other series have been fought closely, yet SL mostly missed the winning trophy despite individual heroics.