India takes on Sri Lanka in the second ODI at Pallekele.
India Having been thumped by 9 wickets with more than 20 overs to spare in the first ODI, the team came under intense criticism by the fans who reportedly formed a group near the team bus and shouted slogans against the team.
Sri Lanka is likely to consider a few changes in the lineup following bad performances by Thisara Perera and Lakshan Sankadan.
Sri Lanka’s team selection in the last match could be questioned as Dinesh Chandimal was surprisingly left out of the team and Upal Tharanga came to bat lower than where he usually bats.
When asked about the reasons for the bad performances, the Sri Lankan coach indirectly pointed fingers at a slight unrest within the team.
Sri Lanka needs to ensure at least two wins in the series to keep themselves ahead of the West Indies to qualify directly for the world cup with the deadline set on September 30.
The only positive that Sri Lanka can take from the last match is the strong start that they openers gave. Sri Lanka was in a very good position up till the middle of the innings before the top order was dismissed and the lower order did not show any fight.
Danushka Gunathilaka, Niroshan Dickwella, and Kusal Mendis will have to take the responsibility on their shoulders. Someone will have to step up and play throughout the innings. Batting long and steady should be the mantra.
India, on the other hand, will be looking to double the lead in the series. Indian skipper Virat Kohli is likely to continue with the same lineup.
But it will be interesting to see if he shuffles the batting. The need to give exposure to the middle order batsman as a preparation for the world cup.
Axar Patel is likely to get the nod head of Kuldeep Yadav. The former gives added advantage of being handy with the bat. And Virat Kohli usually prefers to go with an unchanged lineup.
“Wicket similar to Dambulla. I don’t see any reason to change team just after 1 game but everything and any combination is possible,” said Virat Kohli. India can also try to experiment with Hardik Pandya, allowing him to bowl a full quota of 10 overs.
India: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Ajinkya Rahane, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk).
Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur.
Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga (c), Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Chamara Kapugedera. Milinda Siriwardana, Malinda Pushpakumara, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Thisara Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lasith Malinga, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando.
The match starts at 2.30 PM IST
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