Vastavam web: Handed an embarrassing defeat in the inaugural ODI, a wounded India would look to get even against an inspired Sri Lanka in a do-or-die second match, here tomorrow.The loss not only hurt but was also an eye-opener for a team that has been dominant all throughout the long home season.Chandigarh won’t be as cold as Dharamsala but the pacers should come into play considering it is another 11:30 am start to the day-night affair.
In that case, it will be another test for the Indian batsmen if the home team happens to bat first in a must-win contest.Barring old war-horse MS Dhoni, the highly-rated batsmen seemed like sitting ducks every time Suranga Lakmal pitched the ball up in the off-stump corridor.Rohit, leading the side in Kohli’s absence, was not amused either in his first ODI as captain. Though, he promised that the team will learn from Dharamsala debacle and bounce back in the remaining two games.
“It is important to thrive in these conditions and come out good. It is an eye opener for all of us,” Rohit had said after the seven-wicket loss.He is unlikely to tinker with the playing eleven but there is a possibility that Ajinkya Rahane is picked to shore up the inexperienced batting, especially the middle order.In the bowling department, the worry for India will be the performance of Hardik Pandya, who again leaked runs as the hosts tried to defend a paltry 112.
He is picked as the bowling all-rounder for the South Africa Test series and needs to be at the top of his game ahead of the crucial tour starting next month.Considering Sri Lanka cantered to victory in 20.4 overs, spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav did not come on to bowl. They would be itching to get back into action after a month’s gap.The win must have done a world of good to the islanders’ confidence after the beating they have taken at the hands of India at home and away this season.Lakmal was lethal again on a helping pitch while Angelo Mathews too made a promising return with the ball.Also effective on a seaming surface was pacer Nuwan Pradeep. The batting too clicked and completed the modest chase rather comfortably.