2nd ODI – Australia Eye Lead, while Sri Lanka Look to Level Series

August 24 14:30 2016

ausNew Delhi, Wednesday, August 24 – Australia are known for having a habit of winning even though it was a complete failure for them in the 3-match Test series against Sri Lanka recently. Their indomitable spirit and the impulse to fight of the Australia enabled them to turn the tide outstandingly and mark a comeback by winning the first One Day International match against Sri Lanka by three wickets at R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on August 21.

While batting first, the hosts totalled 227 runs for the loss of eight wickets in 50 overs. Dinesh Chandimal’s innings of 80 runs was spectacular. But thanks to no substantial total on the scoreboard, it became difficult for them to stop Australia from logging win. The Aussies attained the target of 228 runs in 46.5 overs. Australia won the toss and decided to bowl first, making the decision turn right. They will definitely look forward to winning another match today that is slated to take place in the same ground that hosted the opening ODI.

With lead of 1-0 in five-match ODI series, Australia are to be full of confidence in 2nd ODI. Pressure is on the hosts as they lost the match earlier post an unimpressive show with batting skills on the crease. Responsibility on the shoulders of Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal, Thisara Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Dilruwan Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Amila Aponso, Milinda Siriwardana, Seekkuge Prasanna, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Avishka Fernando, Lakshan Sandakan and Danushka Gunathilaka is going to be massive. All those who found a place in the team that contested against Australia lately will try to make best use of opportunity today and do something amazing what they couldn’t do previously. Some changes in the team are likely.

On the other hand, Steven Smith, Josh Hazlewood,  Shaun Marsh, Moises Henriques, George Bailey, Aaron Finch, Matthew Wade, David Warner,  Mitchell Starc, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Nathan Lyon, Travis Head, Adam Zampa and Usman Khawaja would love to see themselves on the winning side once again that will build psychological pressure on the opponents  Faulkner did a wonderful job by dismissing four Sri Lankan batsmen. Starc added to stress by claiming three wickets, letting Mathews’ men to succumb at a time when it was imperative for them to rise better and give no room to the traveling squad find any space to gain foothold. But that did not happen. However, no wonder if a few play with their strengths on Wednesday to shine and come on the front foot. With only few hours to go for the match to start, both teams gear up to exhibit best show to keep moving ahead. Viewers are also all set to catch the entertaining action live as a contest between heavyweights is always interesting.

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