India will look to dominate the hosts for the umpteenth time on the tour as they take them on in the second match of the ODI series on Thursday at the Pallekele Cricket Stadium. Having won the first one day by 9 wickets, India will be looking to again dent Sri Lanka morally. India is expected to go into the match unchanged.
Playing their 800th international match on Thursday, Tharanga’s men will be looking to bring some cheer to the deflated home supporters who have till now seen their team lose all their matches to India on this tour. Coming into the match being whitewashed in the test series, and losing the first ODI match embarrassingly, the Lankans know that they have to put in a mega performance to have any hopes of finally overcoming the mighty Indian team. They need to win back their fans trust back who made their intentions and disappointment clear by jeering the team’s bus after the last match. Speculations have arisen that all is not well in the Sri Lankan dressing room and that the coach and captain are being over-ridden by others. The Sri Lankan team should be pumped up for the upcoming match, knowing only a win can help silence critics and put things in place for them.
Be sure to tune into the match from 1430 hrs IST with toss being conducted half an hour prior to the start.
India: Virat Kohli (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Ajinkya Rahane, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur.
Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga (capt), Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Chamara Kapugedera, Milinda Siriwardana, Malinda Pushpakumara, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Thisara Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lasith Malinga, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando