India will take on Sri Lanka in the second ODI of the three-match ODI series at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, on Thursday, January 12. The hosts will be hoping to clinch the series before the final match. Former Indian cricketer Akash Chopra believes that Team India should aim for a score of 400 runs in the second ODI.
Former Indian captain Virat Kohli scored a century, and openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill scored half-centuries as India posted a massive score of 373 for the loss of seven wickets. The bowlers then restricted the Dasun Shanaka-led side to 306/8 and won the match by 67 runs, taking a 1-0 lead in the series.
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400 Can Be Scored Here As Well – Aakash Chopra
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra predicted a high-scoring contest in Eden Gardens and said that the Men in Blue should score 400 runs.
“India hit a lot in Barsapara. Earlier we used to say that you can change the style of playing, what style can you change now? To be fair, 400 runs could have been scored. 400 can be scored here as well. If that is possible, why not go achieve that target?” Aakash Chopra said.
“It has become a sort of rule in ODIs that it seems to be very easy to score a lot of runs. It doesn’t look like it will be a low-scoring match unless you are playing in Bangladesh, where the pitch is turning a lot,” he added.
There Are Greater Chances Of Dew Later – Aakash Chopra
Chopra said that batsmen can convert their early starts into huge scores if they survive with the new ball. The cricketer-turned-commentator believes that the side will choose to bowl after winning that, but if India is given the opportunity to bat first, they will put up another massive total on the board.
“The batters have a field day if the conditions are not bowler friendly because there is no challenge at all. The new ball swings a little at the start but after that, only the bat swings. If you play out the first seven to ten overs, which India will also have to do, the sequence of hitting starts that doesn’t take the name of stopping.”
“There will be similar expectations from this match. You want to bowl first after winning the toss, you generally don’t want to bat first, because there are greater chances of dew later. I won’t be surprised if you see another 350+ score if India get to bat first.”