About the Match
A convincing win against Sri Lanka puts India in the driver’s seat of the 5-match ODI series; the hosts are now 2-0 against the visitors and the two teams will go up against each other on 9th Nov at Hyderabad for the third ODI match. Sri Lanka, which struggled to get the better of the Indian batsmen, will have to put up a decent effort in the upcoming game if they want to keep the series alive while India will be eager to vanquish the islanders by scoring another win and taking the title.
It was Rayudu all the way with his unbeaten 121 off 118 deliveries that earned the team its second consecutive win against Sri Lanka in the second match of the series; the No.3 batsman deserved his maiden ODI ton as he cleverly rotated the strike and worked hard to deliver for the cause of the team. Dhawan too was impressive with his 79-run innings and though Kohli missed out on his half-century, he led from the front and helped the team reach home safely with more than 4 overs to spare. The bowlers too have been effective as they restricted the visitors to 274 runs, giving no room for the likes of Jayawardene, Perera, Priyanjan and Randiv to explode with their hard-hitting skills. Ashwin, Akshar Patel and Yadav claimed 2 wickets each while Jadeja, who replaced Aaron, was successful with the wicket of Prasanna. They have displayed a team performance, helping each other bring out their best talent and are certainly on a high to easily win the series.
Mathews fought hard to keep the scoreboard ticking but despite his valiant unbeaten 92 off 101, they could reach only 274 at the end of 50 overs; Sangakkara improved his performance compared to the first match by scoring 61 off 86 and Dilshan too chipped in with 35 but the rest of the batting line-up needs to pull up its socks and do better in the upcoming match. The bowlers, who are yet to gain much experience, need to come out stronger and find a good strategy against the hosts; while Prasanna was impressive with his 3 wickets and Prasad provided the opening break with Rahane’s wicket, the bowling unit must be more determined in its efforts. They have the expertise and young talent but need to find the focus on their game; unless the Lankans find the inspiration to give a better performance at the international platform, they will lose the series before they even get a chance to improvise.
The emphatic 6-wicket win by India has surely boosted the morale of the Indian contingent; on the other hand Sri Lanka needs to win this do or die contest if they want to keep their hopes alive. While the match could swing either way and the Lankans will fight their way back, we feel the hosts will win the third match to earn a series victory on Sunday.
India, 1.44 @ Bet365