India vs Sri Lanka 2nd ODI at Colombo: Rampant India look to seal series against Sri Lanka
By Devarchit Varma July 19, 2021
Venue: R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Time: 3:00PM IST
Average score at venue: 296
Win percentage while batting first: 66.67%
The pitch was conducive for batting in the first ODI and both the teams should look to put on as many runs possible and take advantage, before the surface starts breaking down. This venue will host five more matches in this bilateral affair.
Both Indian and Sri Lankan spinners were able to make some impact on the game in terms of wickets taken, but fast bowlers will be required to work on their plans for the second game.
Fast bowlers continue to have a greater wicket-share percentage at this venue with 61.63% of the wickets coming in their kitty, compared to spin bowlers’ 38.37%.
The second ODI between India and Sri Lanka on Tuesday afternoon will have partial cloud cover, with no imminent threat to the contest as witnessed on Sunday. The temperature will be at a high of 30 degree Celsius at the time of the start, dropping down to 27 degree Celsius towards the end. The players could be particularly troubled by humidity, which will shoot up to 86% from mid 70s.
Matches played: 160
India won: 92
Sri Lanka won: 56
No result: 11
AT R PREMADASA STADIUM, COLOMBO:
Matches played: 34
India won: 16
Sri Lanka won: 15
No result: 3
Top 3 players from India: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav
Top 3 players from Sri Lanka: Avishka Fernando, Dasun Shanaka, Charith Asalanka.
Top picks for H2H/WTA contest (top 5 players each)
Top 5 players from India: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Yuzvendra Chahal
Top 5 players from Sri Lanka: Avishka Fernando, Dasun Shanaka, Charith Asalanka, Chamika Karunaratne, Dhananjaya de Silva.
Should I pick more bowlers, batsmen or all-rounders?
The first game of the series signalled the importance which batsmen and spinners carry and their roles will remain equally critical in the second ODI to be played after a day’s gap. India have plenty of spin bowlers up their sleeves, with left-arm spin all-rounder Krunal Pandya providing a near-perfect back-up to the frontline bowlers in Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, whereas Sri Lanka spinners will have to find a way to contain the Indian batsmen and dry up their boundaries. Indian batsmen ripped apart the Sri Lankan bowling in the earlier stages of their chase with an aggressive approach and the home team bowlers will have to rework their plans on this front. As things stand, adding more to batting depth and having plenty of spin bowlers will be the right approach to make the fantasy cricket playing XI.
From which team should I pick more players in my XI? Which team is stronger?
The dominant performance by the Indian cricket team in the first match determined which is the stronger team among the two and which team is likely to win the series. India not only have plenty of batting depth in their side, but the most exciting part is the presence of young guns in Prithvi Shaw and Ishan Kishan who displayed with their fearless and positive approach that they are ready to take on any sort of challenges that come their way. India also staged the return of their leg-spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, something that must bolster their bowling attack should the fast bowlers struggle on the flat deck at the R Premadasa stadium.
Players’ form: If the first match of the contest is anything to go by, Sri Lanka are not going to throw in the towel just yet. Their batsmen were guilty of not converting the starts but with two matches more to go, they will be expected to come good and post big totals in individual as well as team capacity. Almost every batsman in their batting line-up fired and that should bolster the morale of the struggling home team. But it is their fast bowling that should be a concern as they looked completely clueless against the onslaught launched by young Indian batsmen in Shaw and Kishan. Chamika Karunaratne’s was the stand-out performance in the batting for Sri Lanka along with Anushka Fernando, Charith Asalanka and Dasun Shanaka. On the other hand, India will be pleased with their batting effort which was collective as well as brisk enough to ensure the victory in only 36.4 overs. Dhawan is someone who can fire as a captain as well as in his individual game in the role of an opening batsman, which he showed by anchoring India’s chase in the first ODI.
Rampant India look to seal series against Sri Lanka
After a clinical performance in the first ODI on Sunday played at the R Premadasa stadium in Colombo, the Indian cricket team will be expected to carry on the momentum and seal the fate of the series on Tuesday in the second ODI of the three-match affair against Sri Lanka.
The Shikhar Dhawan-led Indian cricket team was outstanding in all departments as they completed victory with seven wickets and more than 13 overs to spare, after Sri Lanka impressed one and all with their determined batting display to get to a strong total of 262/9 in their 50 overs of the first ODI.
India responded with an unbeaten 86 from Dhawan, a brisk 43 from Prithvi Shaw and a audacious yet convincing 59 from debutant Ishan Kishan as well as 31 not out from Suryakumar Yadav to seal a comprehensive victory, which was in a way set up by their bowlers earlier in the day.
India fielded the pair of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav for the first time since they played together last in Birmingham, 2019, as the two returned with four wickets between them to strangulate the Sri Lankan batting in the middle overs. India will hope for a similar return from the two as well as another strong bowling display by all-rounder Krunal Pandya, who produced the most economical spell by an Indian bowler since 2010 against Sri Lanka in ODI cricket.
While India will be pleased with how things went for them in the first match, Sri Lanka would not feel too bad either given the fact that they were struggling a lot before the first game of the series. After a promising start provided by Avishka Fernando and Minod Bhanuka, the others in Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka and Chamika Karunaratne did well to take Sri Lanka past the 260-run mark.
But time is ripe for both Sri Lanka and India to maximise their chances of getting to a strong total if they get to bat first on Tuesday in the second match. While Sri Lanka produced a combined batting performance in a long while to get to 262/9, India overhauled the target with more than 13 overs to spare, which indicates the fact that the visiting side can go on to post a total in excess of 350 provided they bat in the same passion and as well as in the first innings.
Sri Lanka batsmen were guilty of not converting the starts in the first match, something that their coach Mickey Arthur would have taken up with the batting department to ensure that no such mistakes are made in the second ODI against an Indian team which may not be the first choice but yet very strong.
India may also have some concerns in form of a forgettable return for their seasoned fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who was both punished for being wayward and and went wicketless in his nine overs. Deepak Chahar claimed two wickets from his seven overs which indicated his form, whereas Hardik Pandya also rolled over his arm, much to the delight of the Indian camp.
Devarchit Varma is a cricket writer and journalist with an experience of more than a decade, having worked at Hindustan Times (newspaper) and CricketCountry (website). Along with covering international and domestic cricket, he has also interviewed several current and former top players such as Rohit Sharma, Steve Smith, Dale Steyn, Michael Hussey, Jacques Kallis, Brendon McCullum, Shane Watson, Lasith Malinga and many more. He has also worked in other beats as a journalist in Bollywood (Reliance BigOye) and IT (SiliconIndia) industries.
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