India vs Sri Lanka 2017: India's probable playing 11 for the second ODI
It isn't exactly a nice time to be a Sri Lankan fan; bruised and battered after being thrown around in the Test series, the Lankan cricketers would have been expected to dish out a relatively better showing in coloured clothing.
Alas, Sri Lankan batting's minor hiccup turned into harakiri as they imploded to a sub-par total in the first ODI, literally thrusting the game in India's pocket. Such was the angst that some of the fans ambushed the team bus outside the stadium.
A radical change in the team's fortunes seems unlikely, but the competition, hopefully, will be a lot stronger in the second ODI, as the Lankans come to terms with their apathy and raise their game.
Here's what India's line-up could look like for the second ODI on Thursday:
Much like his twirled moustache, Shikhar Dhawan’s fortunes have seen an upward curve ever since he returned to the national side post the IPL. An in-form Ajinkya Rahane has not been able to displace Dhawan, whose love-affair with ICC events continued with the Champions Trophy. ‘In his zone’ at the moment, Dhawan, with a hundred in the first ODI, is off to a perfect start this series.
After spending three Tests on the bench, Rohit Sharma returned to the team for his favourite format, but an unfortunate run-out restricted his scratchy stay to just four runs. Vice-captaincy now on his shoulders, Rohit will have to aim for more responsible knocks in the coming days.