Sri Lanka vs India 2nd ODI 2021 is going to be played at the same venue as the first one. Sri Lanka will be hoping that the result is a lot different from what happened in the first match. India was dominant and even though its team is filled with a number of youngsters, they never looked in any trouble against Sri Lanka. The demise of the Sri Lanka ODI team has been sudden and is impossible to deny. Whether anyone in the selection committee or the management is there to take responsibility for the same is highly debatable.
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Sri Lanka vs India 2nd ODI 2021
Teams’ strengths & weaknesses
Sri Lanka showed some impressive periods of batting in which its players were able to make some impact on the Indian bowlers. Those periods did not last long enough to make a difference but there is definitely something that can be worked upon. Even though the quality of batsmanship is questionable, the fact that Sri Lanka has a deep batting lineup is there for all to see. That has to be the biggest strength for Sri Lanka.
The biggest weakness is its bowling attack. There is not a single quality bowler in the entire lineup and it is no wonder that Sri Lanka has struggled against every single team that it has played in recent years. No fast bowler, no spinners, and no part-timers were able to make any sort of impact.
India is a fearless team and that is its biggest strength. The batsmen did not take a single backward step or show any kind of self-doubt. If anything, some of the batting was a bit reckless but the result showed just how easily they were able to get the better of Sri Lanka in the end. India also has a strong top-order but it does not have a very deep batting lineup.
The weakness for India has to be the lack of penetration with the bowling. There was a stat shown that India is the worst team when it comes to keeping the runs down and picking up wickets in the first ten overs of an ODI match. This is where India is vulnerable and even a team like Sri Lanka could take the opportunity to exert some pressure.
Players in form
Sri Lanka did not show any player that was in great form, however, the little bit of batting that Bhanuka Rajapaksa showed implied he could be a player that makes an impact in this series. Dhananjay de Silva is another batsman that did not get going in the previous match but has been scoring runs for Sri Lanka quite consistently.
India could pick a number of players in good form but Prithvi Shaw stood out for his fluency at the top of the order. He has scored runs in the warm-up matches as well and carried that form into the match. Similarly, Shikhar Dhawan picked up from where he had left off in the IPL and made a match-winning contribution as well.
The weather is expected to be dry for the next match as well. The humidity is high but the temperatures are not too uncomfortable.
- Ishan Kishan hit his first ball in ODI cricket for a six. He also hit his next one for a four!
- Not a single Sri Lanka player was able to score a fifty in the previous match
- India hit nearly twice the number of boundaries that Sri Lanka did in the previous match
India is a stronger team than Sri Lanka no matter how you look at it. It should be able to win the Sri Lanka vs India 2nd ODI 2021 as well.
Winner: India (1.14)