It’s being a while since team India faced pressure playing at home. However, the situation beforehand the second match against Sri Lanka made the team quite stumbled, losing the first ODI by a massive margin. The visitor’s play in the country recently took on a pace since the last Test of the preceding series. The Delhi Test was a draw despite a resilient team India. It was the slight facelift in team Sri Lanka at the lower order that proved disrupting for the host. At Dharamshala, Sri Lanka bowled excellent to topple India’s batting line up. It was the first victory after consecutive defeats in 12 matches in the format for Sri Lanka. Slogging a team such as India at 29 for 7 is certainly a feat for the team.
Under Rohit Sharma, India squad went on with an untested combination of players. The top order comprised of new inclusions like Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik and Manish Pandey. The ensemble could not provide a resistance to Sri Lanka’s seam and spin attacks. In the after-match interview, stand-in captain commented on the ‘lesson learnt’ from the defeat. India’s form still is unquestionable, but the way it lost the first match poses a serious threat in Mohali venue as well.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka is upbeat with a morale boost in the match. It they earn another victory in Mohali, it would be not a surprise at all. For Mohali venue, team India did not undergo massive changes. Their might be one of two replacements in bowling and batting. Sri Lanka might come up without Lahiru Thirimanne, replacing the player with the likes of Kusal Perera or Sadeera Samarawickrama. In the match, Angelo Mathews might reach the milestone of 5000 ODI runs, for which he need 63 more runs.
It is winter in North India and the venue would have good amount of dew and moisture. This would help fast bowlers, as Mohali is known for pace and bounce. The ground has been one of the favorite venues in the country for limited overs format.
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