India to take on Sri Lanka in second ODI at Pallekele tomorrow

Yuzvendra Chahal took two wickets in the second ODI between Virat Kohli-led India and Sri Lanka in Pallekele

This series has constantly seen a downfall of the hosts' on and off the field. I was just watching the ball and playing the ball.

Dickwella- He will open the batting and play attacking cricket. A fruitful series against West Indies right after was followed by the Tests against Sri Lanka. The fear of failure factor has come out. "I thought they will score 300 runs but they lost a lot of wickets in the middle and we dominated the game", said Dhawan. "They need to address that and find solutions very quickly". Chandimal's exclusion from the ODI outfit has also created a rift between selectors and management.

Following the dismal performance, a section of Sri Lankan fans started chanting "We want our cricket back" near the team bus as the players were about to board it.

If the home fans had hoped the change in format would bring a change in fortunes, they were left bitterly disappointed as India breezed to a nine-wicket win in the first one-day worldwide in Dambulla, chasing down a 217-run target in under 29 overs.

Sri Lanka, however, will hope to repeat the result of the encounter between the two sides in the ICC Champions Trophy recently, while India try to solve the puzzle of a ideal playing XI, heading to the ICC World Cup 2019 in England. "When we're getting new players every game, it gets very hard from a confidence point of view".

Most coaches like to be behind the scenes, letting the players hog all the limelight in good times. Hasranga might be dropped for the First-Class experienced Malinda Pushpakumara. The young boys are good but with time they will get better.

India, on the other hand are unlikely to even tinker with the thought of not playing the same eleven.

Kohli slammed an unbeaten 82-run knock off just 70 deliveries and form an unbroken 197-run partnership with centurion Shikhar Dhawan as the visitors secured a rather easy win to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

Lasith Malinga, the only bowler in ODI history to take four wickets in a row - versus South Africa in the 2007 World Cup - has largely plied his trade for Indian Premier League champions Mumbai Indians in the last few seasons.

Instead Sri Lanka's selection panel, headed by former captain Sanath Jayasuriya, has given Chandimal's position to ODI captain Upul Tharanga while drafting in Chamara Kapugedera to number six, who will complete 100 ODIs in the second game against India at Pallekele, and has only eight half-centuries.



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