Lanka transition grinds to halt at India roadblock

Lynette Rowe
August 19, 2017

Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga (captain), Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella (wicketkeeper), Dhanushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Chamara Kapugedera, Milinda Siriwardana, Malinda Pushpakumara, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Thisara Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lasith Malinga, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando.

Jadhav has endured hard outings in the last two series, particularly in England when his fielding was a massive negative point.

Though he had skippered Mumbai Indians to two Indian Premier League (IPL) titles, Rohit said that playing in the domestic tournament is different to global cricket.

In the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, Bhuvneshwar was a man to watch out for with his speed and accuracy. The first ODI will be played at Dambulla on Sunday.

Two years have passed since Sri Lanka bid farewell to the last of their batting greats yet the South Asian side appears no nearer to ending what has been a hard period of transition.

India, who lost the Champions Trophy final to arch-rival Pakistan in their last ODI match, will be seeking a comeback in Sri Lanka.

MS Dhoni walks out to join India's training at Dambulla. India captain Virat Kohli was out for a five-ball duck and new, all-round sensation Hardik Pandya failed to reach double figures.

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Sri Lanka were twice subjected to being made to follow-on and a lack of balance was evident as they failed to stretch any of the three Tests to a full five days. In the past two years, we have been playing some consistent cricket in the ODIs format.

Presence of quality spinners like Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, along with the all-round options of Pandya and Axar, make India's bowling unit a well-rounded one. "I'm just thinking about ODIs", Rohit was quoted as saying by TOI, with the tone reflecting the frustration that would have built in after he was devoid of any on-pitch action in the recently concluded Test series.

The hosts need two more ODI wins to confirm their spot in the 2019 ODI World Cup by way of automatic qualification.

It is easier said than done, of course.

They also suffered their maiden one-day worldwide series loss to Zimbabwe last month, prompting long-serving captain Angelo Mathews to step down.

The India whitewash has led the country's sports ministry to call for a report from Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to explain why the side performed so poorly, while former captain Aravinda de Silva believes the board lacks vision.

Match starts at: 2.30pm IST.

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