As Sri Lanka and India prepare to lock horns for the second round, tension is building on both sides. Both sides have played high scoring matches, putting up a heightened pressure for bowlers. A slackened economy rate has been the feature of this tournament so far. As far as team Sri Lanka and India are concerned, both sides have a fairly unexperienced ensemble. Bowlers from both the teams does not seem to have backup plans when batsmen become more productive, feasting on them. While India’s bowler felt the thrashing from Sri Lankan batsmen, the latter’s bowler faced a same bashing from Bangladesh. Until now, Yuzvendra Chahal is the only one to sustain the attacks with economic spells.
Although, Sri Lanka thrashed India in the first match, the latter found a good form in the match with Bangladesh. Sri Lanka however found strong attacking option like Akila Dananjaya, especially against India. It was back when the team faced India in the Pallekele ODI, where Dhananjaya nicked 6 wickets. In the current tournament, he has been quite dormant. Now, in the match against India, he is expected to take a stand. Meanwhile, India found a bolstered combination of new players in the tournament. It is a juxtaposition of senior player like Rohit Sharma and those on the likes of comparatively younger Manish Sharma.
In the upcoming match, Sri Lanka will be playing without skipper Dinesh Chandimal. The team will play with a couple of changes. Suranga Lakmal might find a place in the ensemble, while Dushmantha Chameera or Nuwan Pradeep might have to make a way for him. Thisara Perera will captain the team. In the pitch so far, the chasing team had an advantage. In the same venue, Bangladesh chased 215 runs successfully, while in the previous tussle between India and Sri Lanka, the latter chased 175. This time, team India has a confident dressing room. Jaydev Unadkat believes the team did not execute well in the first game, but they did it in the second. The bowler said, the next match will be better.
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