Thursday, March 30, 2023

IND vs SL: India eyes collection win in Kolkata as Sri Lanka battles type and damage issues

Shubman Gill’s guile was but once more on show. Rohit Sharma sizzled in his maiden hit of the 12 months. And Virat Kohli lent the knockout punch.

As if that wasn’t a really perfect begin to the preparation for the ODI World Cup, Mohammed Siraj’s exploits with the brand new ball and Umran Malik’s magical spell within the center meant India had Sri Lanka on the mat for many of the opening ODI on Tuesday.

Because the touring entourage strikes from the north-eastern area to the holy grail of cricket within the japanese metro, Rohit and co. shall be eager to increase head coach Rahul Dravid’s birthday celebrations by sealing one other collection on the Eden Gardens.

Sri Lanka – with none of its squad members having skilled enjoying on the Colosseum – shall be hoping for a miracle to maintain the collection alive until the weekend. Regardless of the beneficial consequence – and Rohit and Kohli’s return to their favorite venue – India nonetheless has loads to ponder with a watch on the World Cup.

The mix that India selected for the series-opener is unlikely to be tinkered with. However it will likely be fascinating to see how India manages the reserves, particularly the duo of Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav.

Little question, Gill, Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul have been amongst India’s standout performers in ODIs because the begin of 2022. However with Kishan having notched up a double-hundred in Bangladesh in Rohit’s absence and Suryakumar being within the type of his life, particularly in T20Is, the duo is certain to really feel laborious completed by for being benched within the ongoing collection.

Ishan and Suryakumar’s physique language within the dugout throughout Tuesday’s collection opener was optimistic. However the crew administration should go the additional mile to make sure the dressing room stays optimistic and vibrant.

Regardless of Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka ending the sport on a excessive and the visiting facet crossing 300, India is unlikely to vary the bowling line-up. The one level of dialogue may very well be whether or not to offer Hardik Pandya – who has performed 4 video games in 10 days with intensive journey in between – a break for managing his workload.

Sri Lanka, alternatively, may have so much to ponder over heading into the must-win recreation. Its lacklustre outing within the PowerPlays and poor catching haunted it big-time in Guwahati. So as to add to its woes, left-arm pacer Dilshan Madushanka is unlikely to characteristic on Thursday after dislocating his proper shoulder through the first ODI.

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