Sri Lanka vs India 2nd ODI Preview: With power-packed batters, India look to make it 2-0
The Sri Lankan spinners continue to do well, but they need a skillful pacer to partner Dushmantha Chameera as bowling all-rounders Isuru Udana and Charith Karunaratne have failed to make an impact.
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India's explosive batting line-up
After shots were fired from experts on both sides about the opposition being a second string or even a third string side, it was ultimately the explosive nature of the Indian batters which proved to be the difference between the two sides in the series opener.
With several of India's bowling big guns unavailable, there is not a lot of gap between the bowling units of both teams, but the same cannot be said about their batting. While the Sri Lankan batsmen can be called steady at best, with a couple of them like Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Dhananjaya de Silva possessing the ability to graduate to the next level, India's batting has gone to another orbit.
There would have been a debate over whether to pick Ishan Kishan or Sanju Samson as Team India's first choice wicket keeper batsman but an injury to Samson made the team management's job easier.
Kishan did not disappoint, smashing a maximum off the very first delivery he faced in one day international cricket as he raced to 59 off just 42 deliveries.
India went in with the expected opening combination of Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan, who got them to 58 within the first five and a half overs, with Dhawan nearly being a spectator.
Shaw bolted out of the the doors with some incredible shots, all of them being proper cricket shots, mostly through covers and point. He smashed 43 off 24 balls with 9 boundaries, going at a strike rate of 179.17. A blow to the head off a Dushmantha Chameera bouncer might have disturbed his focus as Shaw miscued a lofted shot to long-on.
Indian captain on the tour, Shikhar Dhawan batted with a lot more responsibility and shelved his explosive game. With some luck going his way, Dhawan remained unbeaten on 86 of 95 balls to see India to a victory by 7 wickets and with over 13 overs to spare.
Manish Pandey did his bit in the middle overs before throwing it away. Suryakumar Yadav was quite impressive, remaining unbeaten on 31 off 20 deliveries. Yadav showed an array of sweep shots and a lofted drive over extra cover.
Spinners alright, but SL search for Chameera's partner
Sri Lanka's spinners, particularly Wanindu Hasaranga and Lakshan Sandakan remain a threat for the Indian side. Had the team been grappling with the required run rate of more than 10 or thereabouts, they would have had no option but to take more chances against the Sri Lankan spinners, and that could have brought about their downfall.
Many of the Indian battera clearly were not picking the Sri Lankan spinners off the hand. Even Dhananjaya de Silva, despite bleeding 49 runs, took two crucial wickets. If the Sri Lankan batsmen can put big runs on the board, matters could get a little tricky for the Indian batsmen who are currently in the fifth gear.
Sri Lanka though will have to find a skillful pacer to partner Dushmantha Chameera as bowling all-rounders Isuru Udana and Charith Karunaratne failed to make an impact with the ball in the series opener.
If Sri Lanka bat first in the second ODI, not a lot different is expected. Even if the team gets somewhere around 300, it's difficult to see the Indian batting lineup fail to achieve that. Sri Lanka's best chance will be to get somewhere around 350 and then create pressure with their spin bowling options.
What can also happen is that India bat first. A decision which can lead to one of the following two results:
The Indian batsmen find their groove and get somewhere close to 400. By the same token, they become a victim of their own expectations, try to go too hard and get bowled out cheaply.
Predicted playing XIs:
Sri Lanka - Avishka Fernando, Minod Bhanuka (wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Isuru Udana, Dushmantha Chameera, Lakshan Sandakan
India - Shikhar Dhawan (c), Prithvi Shaw, Ishan Kishan (wk), Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav
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