India’s batting line-up could be too much for Sri Lanka
- India dominate the head to head record against Sri Lanka, having won 94 ODIs and lost 57
- The men in blue have also won six of the last seven encounters between the two teams
India produced a dominant display in the first ODI with a 67-run victory and will now look to seal the series when the two teams meet at Eden Gardens on Thursday, January 12th. India have odds of 1.22 to win this clash and secure the series.
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The Lankan lions fought well with a hundred from captain Dasun Shanaka, and contributions from Pathum Nissanka and Dhananjaya de Silva. But the target of 374 was a bit too stiff for them. They will need a better show in the second game to level the series. Sri Lanka have bigger odds of winning this game at 4.30.
Rohit Sharma and Eden Gardens
Rohit Sharma has a special connection with Eden Gardens, being his happy hunting ground. The last time these two teams faced each other in an ODI at this venue, Rohit created a world record, hammering 264 in 173 balls.
Our pick: India have a significantly stronger side on paper and look in great form. Back India to win this one at 1.22!
India’s new top three of Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill and Virat Kohli was exceptional in the last game when Umran Malik and Mohammed Siraj delivered solid performances with the ball.
Sri Lankan bowling attack was taken to the cleaners and the likes of Kasun Rajitha, Wanindu Hasaranga need to do a better job. The visitors will need their batting unit to fire collectively as well…
Keep an eye on…
Virat Kohli went three years without a hundred but seems to be back to scoring a century almost every other game. He has scored two hundreds in his last two ODI innings and looks in sublime touch.
Kusal Mendis was dismissed for a duck in the first ODI but has been in superb form of late. He has scored 355 runs in his last 10 ODI innings, averaging 51 at a strike rate of 88.