Upbeat India look to dominate SL in 2nd ODI

Upbeat India look to dominate SL in 2nd ODI

Team India after whitewashing the hosts in the Test series, outplayed Sri Lankans in the first ODI of 5-match series.

The start of an worldwide cricket match always sees national anthems of respective nations being played, but in the ongoing India vs Sri Lanka ODI series it will no longer be the case. If you look at the past results we have been in good positions in the first 20-25 overs. First innings batting let them down when there were no demon in the wickets.

Sri Lanka cricket has declined rapidly across all formats in the last two years since they lost the services of Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara. Drying up the run-flow is not his only strength though as he remains a crucial wicket-taking option for Kohli, with his three-fer at Dambulla being proof of that.

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Meanwhile, everything has been rosy in the Indian camp ever since they set foot in Sri Lanka. What can they do to put an end to this misery? For the captain too, it was business as usual with an unbeaten 82. When India took field in Pallekele last, KL Rahul equalled a world record, Pandya smashed his maiden FC ton and India thrashed Sri Lanka by a convincing margin to complete a whitewash.

The hosts failed to convert a good start into a big score and were dismissed for 216 in the 44th over. He was ignored in the series against Zimbabwe as well, but after his appointment as Test skipper, was expected to return to the ODI fold. Asela Gunaratne's thumb (in the first Test) you can't control. Now, a significant knock from him will calm the collective nerves of the Indian team and fans. This is natural because he has played so much cricket. In the second match too, India will look to continue their ruthless form. Having had an excellent start to global cricket past year, Bumrah will now hope to lock down a place in the XI for that 2019 campaign. They are certainly not lacking in terms of resources, their batting order is packed with talent and proven quality. I won't say they are the worst bowling attack I have faced. His yorkers are already pinpoint, but a little more menace with the new ball could potentially see him become one of the best ODI bowlers around. That's true in every team around the world. Dhawan's resurgence as an opener means that Rahane will probably have to sit out a few games after the captain said that he (Rahane) was the team's third opener. Besides, they also won the only ODI they played in Pallekele, which is just off Kandy.