IND vs SL 2nd ODI: Sri Lanka post first 50-run stand in 9 innings as India continue worst bowling average in powerplay

IND vs SL 2nd ODI: Sri Lanka post first 50-run stand in 9 innings as India continue worst bowling average in powerplay
IND vs SL 2nd ODI: Sri Lanka post first 50-run stand in 9 innings as India continue worst bowling average in powerplay

IND vs SL 2nd ODI: Sri Lanka post first 50-run stand in 9 innings as India continue worst bowling average in powerplay – Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka won the toss and opted to bat first in the first ODI. Host openers Avishka Fernando and Minod Bhanuka posted 50 runs partnership to prove their captain’s decision right. This is the first instance in the last nine innings that Sri Lankan openers have posted a 50 runs partnership. Even after a thumping win over Sri Lanka in the first ODI, there is one thing that Shikhar Dhawan led Team India will try to find a solution for and that is their bowling average in the powerplay. Since 2020 India had the worst average in the first 10 overs of the innings, even worse than Zimbabwe.

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IND vs SL 2nd ODI: Since 2020 Indian team has picked just six wickets in the first 10 overs of the ODI matches and leaked runs at an economy of 6.17 and an average of 123.50. Zimbabwe has the second-worst record on the list with an avearge of 59.

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In 19 ODI matches since the 2019 World Cup, India have picked only 9 wickets in the powerplay. Their bowling average of 126 and economy rate of 5.97 is the worst among the 12 Test-playing nations.

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IND vs SL 2nd ODI: Meanwhile, Team India went in with an unchanged playing XI from the first game while Sri Lanka made one change as the hosts brought in Kasun Rajitha in place of Isuru Udana. At the time of the toss, Shanaka said: “We’ll bat first. The wicket looks better than the last game and batting first would be ideal.”

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Dhawan said: “It was a great job from the bowlers to restrict them to 260. The spinners were excellent bowling in tandem. My batting is all about the situation. I just looked to rotate strike because the others were batting superbly. We’re playing the same side.”

IND vs SL 2nd ODI: Shikhar Dhawan (86*) and Ishan Kishan (59) starred with the bat as India defeated Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the first ODI. With this win, India gained a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Team India playing XI: Shikhar Dhawan(c), Prithvi Shaw, Ishan Kishan(w), Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav

Sri Lanka playing XI: Avishka Fernando, Minod Bhanuka(w), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka(c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Kasun Rajitha, Dushmantha Chameera, Lakshan Sandakan. (ANI)

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