Sri Lanka freshen up squad as India whitewash looms

Beth Cruz
September 6, 2017

And when you combine that with lapses on the field, it will be hard to get away like it happened in the Champions Trophy.

But India's love of ODI cricket shows no signs of abating; while they played just 13 ODIs in 2016, a year dominated by Test cricket, they have averaged around 23 ODIs per year over the past five years. "I can't express my feeling how happy I am to be a part of the this team", said Chahal, who had also represented India in junior-level chess.

Sri Lanka, on the other hand, has lost a bunch of batsmen to injuries.

Mathews gave an easy catch to wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni off spinner Kuldeep Yadav (1-40) after making 55 off 98 deliveries.

Upul Tharanga (capt), Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella, Dilshan Munaweera, Dasun Shanaka, Milinda Siriwardana, Wanindu Hasaranga, Akila Dananjaya, Jeffrey Vandersay, Isuru Udana, Seekkuge Prasanna, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Vikum Sanjaya.

Kohli will also like to test his young spinners further in the shortest format and may continue with both Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav in the eleven. Upul Tharanga's return to form in the last ODI could not have come at a better time as he scored 48 in 34 balls. He bagged all kinds of tournaments for Team India, it is under his captaincy that the team has started fresh in all kinds of formats and ways.

Tharanga will have to be spot on with his team combination on Wednesday as another defeat will only bring more disappointment to the Sri Lankan fans, who have already expressed their frustration in unruly ways. The former can be highly unpredictable with the ball. It's not only about yorkers and slower balls any more. The latter has a strike rate of 152.6 in all T20s as per ESPN Cricinfo, with a highest of 131 from 33 innings.

As of now, it is believed that Shardul is retained and will play the following two ODIs in Bleed Blue.

Apart from Kohli, his deputy Rohit Sharma and his predecessor as the Indian captain, MS Dhoni, moved into the top 10 of the batsmen's rankings after having a memorable series that saw them scoring 302 runs and 162 runs respectively.

Shikhar Dhawan will be missing this game as his mother is not well and as per the report, he is back to the India.

Rohit Sharma picks himself, after sitting out of the Caribbean tour earlier, while KL Rahul and Manish Pandey will be expected to hold the middle order together.

Kohli also passed 1000 ODI runs for the year - his fifth time doing so, a mark which has only been bettered by Tendulkar (seven times) and Sourav Ganguly, Kumar Sangakkara and Ponting (all six times). The spin-pace difference will be key to the choice between the two.

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