India vs Sri Lanka 2nd ODI 2023
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India vs Sri Lanka Match Preview, 2nd ODI. India takes on Sri Lanka in the second ODI in Kolkata on January 12. Team India are leading the series 1-0 after winning the game by 67 runs.

Another win at Eden Gardens will help India seal the series. The venue hosted its last ODI almost three years ago. The series kickstarted preparations for the ODI World Cup for both teams. 

Both teams have announced their squads for the series. Rohit Sharma is the captain of India in the ODI series. He along with Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, and Mohammed Shami joined the rest of the squad ahead of the first ODI. Hardik Pandya will be Rohit’s deputy in the series. 

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Rohit Sharma and Dasun Shanaka
Rohit Sharma and Dasun Shanaka (Credits: Twitter)

For Sri Lanka, Dasun Shanaka is the captain of the team in both the ODI and T20I series. They have more or less the same side for the three-match ODI series as well. After losing the ODI series, the side would love to win the ODI series. 

India last played an ODI and Test series against Bangladesh in December 2022. During the away series, India played 3 ODIs and 2 Tests with Bangladesh. The Indian team lost the ODI series 1-2 but won the Test series 2-0.

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Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka 2nd ODI
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Talking about Sri Lanka, last played an ODI series against Afghanistan in November 2022. The series ended in a 1-1 tie. Afghanistan won the 1st ODI by 60 runs while Sri Lanka won the 3rd ODI by 4 wickets. The 2nd ODI was washed out due to rain.

India vs Sri Lanka Match Preview, 2nd ODI

India 

Virat Kohli 45th ODI 100
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For Team India it was a clinical performance with Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gil scoring runs and Virat Kohli scoring his 45th ODI ton. The top-order scoring runs in the very first ODI game of 2023 are a great sign of things to come for Team India. The bowling was well-controlled by Umran Malik and Mohammed Siraj who shared five wickets between themselves.

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah. (Photo: Getty Images)

However, the team have their share of injury issues with Jasprit Bumrah, and Ravindra Jadeja out injured. Rishabh Pant is also out of the team owing to his unfortunate injury. Jasprit Bumrah who was added to India’s ODI squad for the SL series was ruled out of the series just before the first ODI The BCCI confirmed the update on Monday, January 9 after a close discussion with an NCA staff. Skipper Rohit also said that they do not want to rush with the pacer given that he will be key for the World Cup.

Thanks to India’s strong bench strength they have good enough players to replace the ones who are missing. Given that India won the first ODI convincingly, they are unlikely to make any changes to the XI. 

India Squad 

Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya (VC), Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh.

Sri Lanka 

Dasun Shanaka 100
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Sri Lanka made a comeback in the T20I series after losing the first ODI. It will be interesting to see if they can do that in the ODIs as well. They need to develop their overall game and come out with a better performance in the next game.

The top-order needs to chip in with a better effort and ensure that they set up the game for the side just like the Indian natters did in the first ODI. All eyes will be on Dasun Shanaka and if he can replicate his batting form in the second ODI as well.

Hasaranga and Shanaka
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All the bowlers were expensive in the first ODI, They need to work on their performances considerably as well to help their team win the game and level the series. They were outplayed in the first game and need to come back hard in the second. They can ponder over making some changes in the XI.

The bowling attack looks well-balanced as well with Wanindu Hasaranga and Maheesh Theekshana as the spin twins. Dilshan Madhushanka will lead the attack in the absence of Dushmantha Chameera. Sri Lanka can bring back Lahiru Kumara in the ODIs after they kept him on the bench throughout the T20I series. 

Sri Lanka Squad 

Dasun Shanaka (Captain), Pathum Nissanka, Avishka Fernando, Nuwanidu Fernando, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Chamika Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Ashen Bandara, Maheesh Theekshana, Dilshan Madushanka, Kasun Rajitha, Dunith Wellalage, Pramod Madushan, Jeffrey Vandersay, Lahiru Kumara

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Anshuman Roy

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