Sri Lanka seeks unity while its series is at stake

Sri Lanka seeks unity while its series is at stake

Sri Lanka seeks unity while its series is at stake



Kusal Mendis tweeted the morning after Sri Lanka lost by 67 runs in Guwahati, praising team captain Dasun Shanaka and opener Pathum Nissanka while admonishing the remainder to "pull up their socks." Although it might appear that the visitors should have batted better, there is always room for improvement. Even before Shanaka stepped out to bat at 136 for 4 in the 25th over chasing 373/7 and hit a century, he was left alone the entire day in Guwahati.

He'd wanted to take advantage of improved batting conditions when dew took effect in the second half after winning a critical toss, but to do that, he needed his bowlers to contain India. As Rohit Sharma and company eliminated the toss from the equation with their tally, they did the exact opposite.

"Although we had a plan, the bowlers didn't properly carry it out. The first 10 overs were without variations "Shanaka lamented after the devastating loss. Even while Sri Lanka still managed to surpass 300, the lack of cohesiveness and consistency in the 50-over format should not be used to hide the obvious flaws in Shanaka's team. Fortunately for them, there is still time to address that shortcoming and strive to reach higher standards in the run-up to the World Cup.

India won't have many issues with its thorough performance in the opener. Although Rohit believed India might have bowled better, he still believed that the second innings' 300 total was due to the effect that the dew had on it. The bowlers got off to a great start by putting Sri Lanka behind the eight-ball right away. This is the kind of skill that teams will continuously rely on when they have to defend a total in humid circumstances at the World Cup.

When: Thursday, January 12 at 1.30 PM Local Time

Where: Eden Gardens, Kolkata

What to expect: More runs and dew at a field that has been more kind to batters. The forecast calls for a bright day and a cloudy evening with temperatures in the low 20s.

Team News:

India: Ishan Kishan's benching was hotly debated due to his recent performance, and Shubman Gill's 60-ball 70 in game one of the series only made matters worse. Umran Malik gave back the confidence placed in him with the ball by taking wickets in the middle overs. India ought to stick with the starting lineup that gave them the series lead.

Probable XI: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umran Malik, Yuzvendra Chahal

Sri Lanka:Dilshan Madushanka dismissed Rohit but had a middling debut otherwise, finishing with figures of 1 for 43. Lahiru Kumara in his place could be an experienced option. Left-arm spinner Dunith Wellalage was ineffective too, and could make way for Maheesh Theekshana.

Probable XI: Pathum Nissanka, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dunith Wellalage/Maheesh Theekshana, Chamika Karunaratne, Kasun Rajitha, Dilshan Madushanka/Lahiru Kumara

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