This article will talk about the probable XIs for both teams and continue with the Dream11 predictions and the winning fantasy team for the 2nd ODI between Sri Lanka and India that is scheduled to take place on the 20th of July 2021.
India started the series with a one-sided victory in the opening game against Sri Lanka. The home side opted to bat after winning the toss in the first ODI match. Avishka Fernando got a terrific start in the powerplay as the opener scored 33 runs before getting out on soft dismissal. Rajapaksa also showed a promising start but he will be disappointed the way he got out. In the lower order, Karunaratne played a good cameo and took his team to a respectable total of 262.
On the other side, India came with the attacking spinner duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal in this match. Chahal got the first wicket as he broke the opening partnership. Kuldeep also made a brilliant comeback as the chinaman picked two wickets in a single over. Deepak Chahar bowled well in the death overs and picked two wickets. Hardik Pandya also bowled a few overs after enough break from bowling in ODI cricket and picked one wicket.
In the batting department, Prithvi Shaw put India ahead in the run chase from the very first over. The young opener played a firing knock of 43 in 24 balls. The debutant Ishan Kishan opened his ODI account with six and also scored a match-winning fifty. The skipper Shikhar Dhawan played a sensible knock of not out 86 and in the end, Surya Kumar Yadav gave a flourishing finish to his team.
Venue: R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Pitch Report: The pitch at Colombo played well throughout the first ODI match. It is expected to be a similar surface in this second ODI as well. Batsmen enjoyed their batting as the pitch didn’t produce much help for the bowlers. Pacers will get early assistance from the pitch. The average score of the first inning will be around 270-280 as the pitch played in the last match. The weather will be clear on the match day as the complete game should happen without any rain interruption.
Date and Time: July 20, 2021, 3 PM IST.
Probable Playing XIs
Sri Lanka will look to spend more time on the wicket in this match as they threw away good starts in the first ODI. Both the openers looked in good touch so they will aim to score big in this match. The youngster Rajapaksa will have a huge role to play in this match. In the bowling department, Chameera and Sandakan will be the key wicket-takers.
India will look to stick with the same XI after a convincing victory in the first ODI. Prithvi Shaw looked in good touch against seam bowling. Hardik Pandya is likely to bowl more overs in this match. Manish Pandey looked a bit rusty in the first ODI match so he has the opportunity to score runs. Kuldeep and Chahal will be the key bowlers in the middle overs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will have an opportunity to bounce back in this match.
India: Shikhar Dhawan(c), Prithvi Shaw, Ishan Kishan(wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav.
Sri Lanka: Avishka Fernando, Minod Bhanuka(wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya De Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka(c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Isuru Udana, Dushmantha Chameera, Lakshan Sandakan.
India will be favorites again in this match after the convincing victory in the last match. Sri Lanka may have shown some promising starts in the first match but they will have a tough task to face against the in-form Indian side. India will come with the mindset to seal the series in this match.
Batsmen: Shikhar Dhawan will be the main batsman from the Indian Team. The skipper looked in good form in the last match so he will aim to continue it. Prithvi Shaw dominated the Sri Lankan attack in the power play of the last match. Suryakumar Yadav can be picked from the middle order. From the Sri Lankan side, Avishka Fernando has shown a promising start so he will be an important option.
Wicket-Keeper: Ishan Kishan played a match-winning knock of 59 runs in the first ODI match. Kishan will bat in top order and also keep the wicket so he will give maximum fantasy points.
All-Rounders: Wanindu Hasaranga and Dhananjaya De Silva will be the best all-rounder option from Sri Lanka. Both the players had played some good cricket in the recent matches. Bhanuka Rajapaksa played a good cameo of 24 runs in the last match.
Bowlers: Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav picked two wickets each. Both the spinners have bowled brilliantly in the middle overs. The pacer Deepak Chahar can be picked as the third bowling option.
Fantasy Team: Ishan Kishan, Shikhar Dhawan(c), Prithvi Shaw(VC), Surya Kumar Yadav, Avishka Fernando, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dhananjaya De Silva, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Deepak Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav.
Captain – Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan is the best batsman on Indian Team. He also played a match-winning knock in the last match so he will be the best pick for the captain.
Vice-Captain – Prithvi Shaw
The young opener can score big runs so he will be the best pick for vice-captain.
A Cricket Writer