About the Match
On July 2nd, India and Sri Lanka are going to play yet another ODI adding to their already large number of total matches played in last five years. The match would be played at Sabina Park, Kingston at 8:00pm GMT. Both the teams have lost their first match in this tournament and they’d be itching to register their first win in the tournament. The head to head record favors India, but Sri Lanka has improved a lot recently. They’ve reached the knockouts of almost every ICC event and have performed well in other matches as well. India lost their last match and would be looking to justify their ‘Champions’ tag by winning away as well.
The absence of Tillakaratne Dilshan at the top of the order was clearly felt as they lost quick early wickets in the first game against West Indies. It was a difficult track to bat on, but their batsmen didn’t play with the sense of responsibility as the team crumbled to a total just over 200. Skipper Angelo Mathews was the lone man to score some runs and he now has two back to back fifties to his name. Sangakkara and Jayawardene would have to deliver and help this relatively inexperienced side grow. Their bowling attack looks decent with Kulasekara and Malinga in fine form. Ajantha Mendis troubled Chris Gayle and Johnson Charles with his variations. Although this Sri Lankan side is young, they can topple even the best sides in the world.
Much to everyone’s surprise, Indian batting lineup, which is rated as world’s best and which was in fabulous form prior to the match, failed to fire in their first game against West Indies. Shikhar Dhawan can consider himself to be unlucky, but rest of Indian just succumbed to the pressure created by the bowlers and slow track. Rohit Sharma batted well for his half century, but wasn’t able to carry on. Kohli and Karthick got the starts, but failed to convert them into big ones. The injury of Dhoni didn’t help them either and now that Dhoni is ruled out of the series, the batting problem seems to be even bigger. The bowling department did pretty well as West Indies just managed to escape with a win in a game which could have gone anywhere. Overall, Dhoni’s absence would certainly hurt India, but it is still a good side and potent enough to beat any team in the world.
India and Sri Lanka have played plenty of matches in recent past and more often than not, India has registered a win over their neighbors. Can the change of location and absence of Dhoni bring change in Sri Lanka’s fate? Sri Lanka is an exciting side with talented bunch of players. With Sangakkara and Jayawadene, they have nice blend of experience as well. However, Indian side looks decent even without Dhoni. Except their previous performance, their batting has done well and their bowlers have performed better than what was expected of them. I expect India to beat Sri Lanka in this important game.
India, 1.59 @ Bovada
Indian batsmen faltered in previous match, but they have shown tremendous skills in recently played games. Much credit goes to their newly formed opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma. The duo got off to reasonable start in first game, but failed to carry on. I believe that the good individual form of both the openers would help them to weave a good partnership in this upcoming fixture.
Fall Of 1st India Wicket:
Over (30.5), 1.83 @ William Hill