The first match in India vs. Sri Lanka ODI series was almost a one-sided affair. The Indian team came in all guns blazing and won it by as many as seven wickets and eighty balls left to go. Young and talented Prithvi Shaw was declared the Player of the Match for his outstanding performance. Though the Lankan batsmen stood out, the lackluster performance from the bowlers took the game away from them. Now, all eyes are on the 2nd ODI to see whether the hosts win it this time or the visitors seal the deal.
The Pitch Report Predictions For The 2nd ODI
If the first ODI showed us anything, it’s the fact that teams better take fielding first after they win the toss. Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal got two wickets each earlier to show that the pitch works well for the spinners. The weather conditions will remain sunny and clear, with no rain.
Player Combinations For The 2nd ODI Between IND vs. SL
Sri Lanka (Predicted)
Dasun Shanaka (c), Minod Bhanuka (wk), Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksha, Wanindu Hasaranga,Chamika Karunaratne, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Lahiru Kumara, Lakshan Sandakan, Dushmantha Chameera
Shikhar Dhawan (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Manish Pandey, Prithvi Shaw, Hardik Pandya, Deepak Chahar, Krunal Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav
Weighing The Previous Wins and Losses
Going head-to-head against Sri Lanka has mostly benefited India rather than the Lankans. Overall, 160 matches have been played by the two teams, where India won 92, and Sri Lanka brought home 56 trophies. For the matches played in Sri Lanka, India has a record of winning 29 out of 62, while six matches went N/R.
So, going by the previous records, the scales tip heavily on the side of India.
Prediction For The Best Batsman Of The 2nd ODI
Shikhar Dhawan: India
Dhawan led the charge in India’s first turnout in the series against Sri Lanka. He showed his skills both as a batsman and as a skipper. His unbeaten and glorious 86 took India smoothly over the end line. The left-handed skipper also has an impressive record against Sri Lanka. He has an average score of 76.35 by getting 1069 runs from seventeen matches played against the Lankans.
Prediction For The Best Bowler Of The 2nd ODI
Kuldeep Yadav: India
Yadav has been struggling to keep his position in the team for a while now. But he showed his mettle in the first ODI and got two important wickets of Minod Bhanuka and Bhanuka Rajapaksha within the 9 overs that he bowled. The wrist-spinner even got a maiden over and held an economy rate of 5.30. The fans are expecting great things from him this time around as well.
Final Prediction: India to win the 2nd ODI of the India vs. Sri Lanka series.