India V/S Sri Lanka 2nd ODI Today: Team India will go on to win the 10th consecutive series against Sri Lanka

The second match of the 3-match ODI series will be played between India and Sri Lanka today. The ODI will begin at 3 pm at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Team India has taken a 1-0 lead by winning the first ODI. If India wins this match, it will be their 10th consecutive bilateral ODI series win against Sri Lanka. Team India has won 9 series against Sri Lanka since 2005/06.

At the same time, in the case of winning the most ODIs against Sri Lanka, India will leave Pakistan behind. The last ODI was the 160th ODI between India and Sri Lanka. Out of these, Team India has won the 92nd time. Now Team India has reached joint first place with Pakistan in terms of most wins against Sri Lanka. Pakistan has defeated Sri Lanka 92 times in 155 matches. The first bilateral series between India and Sri Lanka was played in 1982–83. This too was won by the Indian team. India faced Sri Lanka for the first time in ODIs in 1979. In this Sri Lanka defeated India.

Brilliant performance of young players under the leadership of Dhawan

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Talking about Team India, in the first ODI, under the leadership of Shikhar Dhawan, the young players performed brilliantly. India had no break in batting. The opening pair of Prithvi Shaw and Dhawan was so strong that India made the highest total in 8 years in the power-play (first 10 overs of the innings).

Manish Pandey would like to improve his performance in the second ODI

Team India scored 91/1 in the power play in the first ODI. This is India’s highest score in the power play since 2013. In 2019, India scored 83/0 against West Indies. At the same time, there are great players like Ishan Kishan, Manish Pandey, and Suryakumar Yadav in the middle order. However, Manish was dismissed early in the previous match. In such a situation, they will try to improve the performance.

Bhuvneshwar was not in the form in the first ODI

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However, in bowling, they had definitely looted runs in the death overs. Vice-captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar did not appear to be in many forms. Deepak Chahar took 2 wickets but also looted 63 runs in 9 overs. Hardik got a chance to bowl only 5 overs. Navdeep Saini may get a chance in place of Bhuvneshwar in the second ODI. The spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal had troubled the Sri Lankan batsmen a lot.

Sri Lankan batsmen were seen struggling in the first ODI

Talking about the Sri Lankan team, under the captaincy of Shanaka, the team’s batsmen did not perform anything special. The batsmen were seen struggling on the pitch helpful for batting. Not a single batsman could score a half-century from Sri Lanka. Despite this, the team scored 262/9. This is Sri Lanka’s highest ODI score without a single fifty. His previous highest score without a single fifty was 253 runs (against Pakistan, 2006).

Sri Lanka will field the same team in view of the T20 World Cup

The Sri Lankan team cannot make any changes in the second ODI. The team management would like that in view of the T20 World Cup, players should get a chance to play as much as possible against a strong team like India so that they can gain experience. Talking about the bowling, apart from Dushmanth Chameera, none of the bowlers could trouble the Indian batsmen.

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Chameera irritated both Prithvi Shaw and Ishaan

Chameera had troubled both Shaw and Ishaan Kishan with his bouncers. The spin pair of Wanindu Hasaranga and Lakshman Sandakan also could not leave much impact. In such a situation, the team will try to come back together in the second ODI.

Probable Playing XI for Sri Lanka: Dasun Shanaka (Captain), Avishka Fernando, Minod Bhanuka (Wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Aslanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Isru Udana, Dushmantha Chameera, Lakshmana Sandakan.

Status and Records

  • In 19 ODIs since the 2019 World Cup, India has taken only 9 wickets in the power-play. During this, the bowling average of Team India was 126 and the economy rate was 5.97. It is the worst among the 12 Test-playing nations.
  • India has conceded 8.16 runs per over in the last 10 overs in ODIs since the 2019 World Cup. This is the third-worst record in death overs. Above India are Zimbabwe (8.36 runs per over) and Australia (8.19 runs per over).
  • India has the best scoring rate in the middle overs (10 to 40) since the 2019 World Cup. Team India has scored runs at a strike rate of 94.71 during this period.
  • Sri Lanka’s scoring rate in the middle overs is the worst after Afghanistan. Sri Lanka had hit only 9 boundaries in 10 to 40 overs in the first ODI against India.

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