After facing a humiliating and disastrous defeat in 1st Odi, India set to face Sri Lanka in 2nd Odi at Mohali. With that stunning win finally Sri Lanka has broken 12 match losing streak record. The action from hilly Dharmshala now moves to Cricket Crazy Mohali. As there is South Africa’s tour in up coming month we can expect same kind of wicket even in 2nd Odi also. It’s been a long time Sri Lanka winning a Odi series and can they take advantage from here or will team India come back strongly? to get answers for these kind of questions we have to wait and watch. But India maintained a very good record at Mohali by winning 4 in last 5 matches at this particular venue. However, pressure will be on India as they now have to win the remaining two ODIs for a series win.
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali
Cloudy but rain is not predicted
A good batting pitch is expected for this game. Batsmen however might have to deal with some new-ball swing early on.
Team News : India
Despite the heavy loss at Dharmasala, Rohith and co moved to Mohali. After losing the first game we can expect few changes from Indian side. It will be interesting to see whether they bring in Ajinkya Rahane at no. 3 in place of Dinesh Karthik or Manish Pandey. Shreyas Iyer may get a chance in second Odi and he had a nightmare debut match in 1st Odi. Rohith Sharma has huge amount of responsibilities on his shoulders now. Both the Indian openers, Rohith and Dhawan, should play carefully. In the absence of Virat Kohli, Dhoni’s responsibilities has been increased. He was the lone warrior, the savior in first Odi. He fought well and managed to get three digit numbers on board. In this second Odi, Dhoni may come at number 4 also. Washington Sundar may get a game in this match. Bumrah and Bhuvi are key bowlers when it comes to pace department. Axar Patel played lot of matches at Mohali so he may get a game. If he plays then Kuldeep Yadav will not play.
Team News : Sri Lanka
After a clinical performance, Sri Lanka are expected to go with same team in this match also. It was all started from Lakmal and he destroyed the Indian top order with a fierce spell. Tharanga continued from where he stopped in BPL. If Sri Lanka wants to change then it will Thirimanne due to his poor form. Dhananjaya De Silva has good chances to replace him. There are no other changes and also expected to continue the same bowling line up.
India Probable XI
Rohit Sharma (c), Dhawan, Iyer, Rahane/Dinesh Karthik, Rahane/Pandey, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Axar Patel/Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal/ Washington Sundar
Sri Lanka Probable XI
Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Lahiru Thirimanne/De Silva, Dickwella (wk), Mathews, Thisara Perera (c), Asela Gunaratne, Sachith Pathirana, Lakmal, Pradeep, Akila Dananjaya
Prediction : After losing in first Odi we are expecting India will come back strongly. India are favourites of this match.