About the Match
An incredible victory for India in the first ODI by 169 runs gives it a 1-0 lead in the 5-match ODI series against the visiting Sri Lankans; the two teams will now fight it out in the 2nd ODI on 6th Nov at Ahmedabad. Posting an impressive 363 runs at the end of fifty overs, India gave a tough challenge to Sri Lanka and the bowlers dismissed the opponents in the 40th over itself, getting them all-out for 194 runs. The islanders will be eager to put up a better performance and make a comeback soon; it will be interesting to see which team dominates the other and emerges victorious on Thursday.
It was a classy innings by the Indian batsmen led by Dhawan and Rahane, who contributed with a century each, to thrust the total to 363 runs with help from Raina’s quick 52 off 34 balls. Kohli and Rayudu kept the scoreboard ticking and the Lankans had a ask to reach the target thanks to Ishant Sharma’s 4-34 as he demolished the opponent’s batting line-up. Umesh Yadav, Akshar Patel, Ashwin and Raina contributed with regular wickets to bundle out the Lankans and win the match by a massive 169 runs. While Varun Aaron might miss the upcoming match due to injury, the team has sufficient options to try and experiment with different combinations; however, since Shami is also not in the squad, they will have to depend more on the spinners, who have been performing well so far. Raina is in-form and as his 5000 runs in ODIs couldn’t have come at a better time for the team with focus on the preparations for the world cup soon after; Kohli has been promising as a captain and will inspire his mates to repeat their winning performance throughout the series.
While their preparations for the series wasn’t to the level they would have wanted, it was their lack of determination to succeed that did them in at the end; losing the opening match by a huge margin of 169 runs would surely have demotivated the players but they need to make a comeback here. Seniors like Dilshan, Sangakkara and Jayawardene would have to lead the way and inspire the youngsters to play better; while Jayawardene scored 43 off 36 deliveries, Dilshan and Sangakkara fell with just 60 odd runs on the scoreboard. Tharanga is promising but needs to step up and take his responsibility as an opener more seriously; Prasanna, Perera and Priyanjan too need to build partnerships if they want to overcome the Indian challenge. On the bowling front, Suraj Randiv took 3 wickets and was the only one to make a dent on the Indian batting line-up; but with hardly any support from the others except Gamage and Prinyanjan, who took a wicket each, the bowling unit failed to restrict the hosts. Mathews needs to inspire his men and the team must play as a well-knit unit, overcoming their weaknesses, if they want to keep their campaign alive.
India is on a winning roll here and their performance on the ground has been at an all-time high; the Lankans on the other hand need to utilize their experience and talent in a better way. While Sri Lanka will pull out all the tricks from the bag to stop India, the hosts look well placed to increase the lead by winning the upcoming match on Thursday.
India, 1.50 @ Bet365