India beat Sri Lanka by three wickets in second ODI

  • India beat Sri Lanka by three wickets in second ODI

India beat Sri Lanka by three wickets in second ODI

India won the toss against Sri Lanka and elected to bowl first.

Sri Lanka's cricket coach Nick Pothas has said that "too many cooks" are spoiling his efforts to revive the national team besides blaming outside interference for a string of poor performances in the recent times. Kohli open to Sri Lanka pep talk, but only after series India skipper Virat Kohli is not averse to the idea of discussing issues that the Sri Lankans are facing with their team management, but that can happen only after the limited-overs series. In the bowling department, pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah along with spinners Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal will look to trouble the Sri Lankan batting.

In the ongoing tour of Sri Lanka, Dhawan has been in tremendous form.

Apart from the duo, opener Niroshan Dickwella (31) contributed to the cause for the hosts. Then Mendis was out leg before sweeping off Chahal in the 24th over as Lanka were reduced to 99/4. By the end, he was slog sweeping Siriwardana for six over midwicket and rocking back on the backfoot to drive Dananjaya's leg break through extra cover. Since 2013 Dhawan and Rohit have had 20 fifty-plus stands - second highest behind Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock, who have 21 such stands.

Jadhav got Dickwella trapped lbw on a quicker ball that kept low to cut short another good-looking partnership.

Siriwardana put on a crucial 91-run sixth-wicket stand with Chamara Kapugedara, who made 40, after the hosts were in trouble at 121-5 against a disciplined Indian attack. Bumrah combined with the spinners to wipe off the tail. Sri Lanka need to win at least two of the five games to gain a direct entry into the 2019 World Cup in England.

Gunathilaka was stumped by M.S. Dhoni off Yuzvendra Chahal for 19.

BOWLING: Malinga 8-0-52-0 (1w); Fernando 6-0-43-0 (1w); Mathews 2-0-9-0; Perera 2-0-18-0; Sandakan 6-0-63-0; Hasaranga 4.5-0-35-0. It becomes especially hard when its latest track record is a 0-3 Test series loss to India, before which it lost 2-3 to Zimbabwe in an ODI series.

UMPIRES: R.S.A. Palliyaguruge (Sri Lanka) and J.S. Wilson (West Indies). We are not thinking too far but taking match by match.

The Test series proved to be a cakewalk, and in that light, the selectors' call to rest senior bowlers and experiment with younger blood has been justified.