In 2nd ODI at Dambulla India won the toss and elected to field first and the decision was well supported by Indian medium pace bowler as they send four top Sri Lankan batsman back in the hurt in the space of 10 overs. Zaheer Khan picked up three while Praveen kumar picked one wicket.
It was the same story repeated by the Indian team since Asia Cup 2008 final as Indian batsman’s failed to read A.Mendis and it’s all depends how they tackle the mystery spinner in the 2nd ODI at Dambulla.
India have already lost their in form batsman Virendra Sehwag due to ankle injury and it will be really tough for India to bounce back in second one day international at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium.
Now the outcome of the match will depend on how Indian openers play specially Gautam Gambhir, since he is the only inform batsman and has faced A.Mendis more than anybody else in the current squad.
Yuvraj Singh, S.Raina and M.S.Dhoni so far all struggled to pick A.Mendis. So India must get a good start to counter attack this mysterious spinner.
On the other hand Sri Lanka has nothing to worry since their captain M.Jayawardne is in prime form with the bat and it seems that his each move is working quite superbly in his teams favour. All in all Sri Lanka will start the 2nd ODI as firm favorites until unless M.S.Dhoni men’s came up with other plan.
Watch out for
Sanath Jayasurya and K.Sangkara: Both batsman dismissed cheaply in the 1st ODI but they are very dangerous player and both will look to score heavily to continue their team winning momentum going.
Gautam Gambhir and S.Raina: These two batters are very much attacking players and both will try to improve their performance to save the pride for there team. Gautam Gambhir is the in form batsman as he has score most runs by Indians during test series after Virendra Sehwag.
Pitch and conditions
The pitch at Dambulla Stadium will be similar to the one used in the 1st ODI and the team winning the toss would like to have a bowl to gain slight advantage as we have seen in 1st ODI.
Sri Lanka is most likely to go into the match with same winning combination as they played in Asia Cup as well as in 1st ODI at Dambulla. With Virendra Sehwag out of the equation Indians will find themselves in desperate situation to get good start from their openers. However India will also might stick with same XI.
Stats & Trivia
India will look to improve their record at this venue since they have lost all their game against Sri Lanka.
C.Vaas needs one more wicket to join 400 wickets club in ODI.
Likely Playing XI for both teams (Match is schedule to begin at India Time)