India look to clinch series against listless Sri Lanka in second ODI
India are unlikely to make changes for Tuesday's game
India's young guns will get another opportunity to flaunt their exceptional talent and secure a series win against a hapless Sri Lankan outfit in the second ODI in Colombo on Tuesday.
Skipper Shikhar Dhawan was left in complete awe at the other end as the likes of Prithvi Shaw, Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav made batting look ridiculously easy in the first ODI on Sunday night.
“All our boys are very mature as well as aggressive. The way they played today was tremendous and I am very happy,” Dhawan said after the match.
“It was good to be on the other end and watch Prithvi and Ishan. I was telling them to take it easy actually. The way these young boys play in the IPL, they get lots of exposure and they just finished the game in the first 15 overs only.
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“I thought about my hundred but there were not many runs left. When Surya came out to bat, I thought I need to improve my skills.”
In the long run, India want to play more aggressively in the shorter formats and the performance of the trio served as a perfect template in that context.
Their sensational batting also reinforced the might of India's bench strength with ODI debutants Kishan and Yadav bossing the opposition from ball one.
Sri Lanka bowlers also made it easier for the marauding Indian batters who romped home to the win in the 37th over.
India are unlikely to make changes as they would like to clinch the series before giving chances to other youngsters in the squad.
The only one feeling the heat would be Manish Pandey, who laboured to a 40-ball 26 in the series opener when others were at their fluent best.
India didn't just win this today, they brushed off the opposition. The depth of white ball batting is unimaginable. But at the heart of it all is fearlessness. They will fail some days but when they succeed,they will produce a spectacle like they did today.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 18, 2021
Shaw, in his comeback game, played breathtaking strokes on the off-side but missed out on a big score. It is something he would like to correct on Tuesday.
It was good to see Kuldeep Chahal and Yuzvendra Chahal bowl in tandem after a long time and they proved once again that they perform better as a pair.
With spinners bowling the bulk of the overs, star all-rounder Hardik Pandya showed promise in the five overs he bowled.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar did not have the best of days but trust him to be back in his elements in the next game.
It will take a special effort from the struggling Sri Lankan side to pull one back against the rampaging visitors.
The inexperienced team showed they have the talent to compete with the opposition. Most of the batsmen got starts but could not convert. It is something they will have to fix to test India.
Thanks to Chamika Karunaratne's 35-ball 43, Sri Lanka were able to cross 250. He feels his team can regularly score 300-plus if the batsmen don't squander starts.
"We were trying to play longer innings - even when I was batting with Dasun Shanaka in the 42nd or 43rd over I asked him if I should go for some big shots, but he told me to wait until the 45th over,” said Karunaratne.
"If more of our batsmen had been able to bat longer, we could have attacked earlier and gone for a bigger score. We do have the ability to get to 300 or 350, and hopefully that will happen in the next games."
The bowlers too need to raise their game significantly to put pressure on the high-quality Indian batsmen.
Both teams might be interested in chasing with the slow pitch playing better in the evening.
India: Shikhar Dhawan (captain), Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Nitish Rana, Ishan Kishan, Sanju Samson, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Krishnappa Gowtham, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakaravarthy, Rahul Chahar, Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Chetan Sakariya, Navdeep Saini.
Sri Lanka: Dasun Shanaka (captain), Dhananjaya De Silva, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Ashen Bandara, Minod Bhanuka, Lahiru Udara, Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Lakshan Sandakan, Akila Dhananjaya, Shiran Fernando, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Ishan Jayaratne, Praveen Jayawickrema, Asitha Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Isuru Udana.
Match starts 1:30 PM UAE Time on Tuesday.
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