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In the latter stages of the first ODI, Sri Lanka’s lower-order batsmen made a push towards the target of 315, but their attempt was too late. The hosts lost by 21 runs but that late charge revealed the fragility of India’s bowling attack, which depends heavily on the batsmen to provide a cushion of runs. When the teams meet again in Hambantota on Tuesday, Sri Lanka’s batsmen will want to time their acceleration better.
In Kulasekara’s absence, Thisara Perera will share the responsibility of leading the bowling attack along with Lasith Malinga. Perera took three wickets in the first ODI and also scored a 28-ball 44 that gave Sri Lanka a glimmer of hope during the chase. At No. 8, though, his skills may be underused.
After an indifferent IPL, Virat Kohli started the new season where he had left the old one. Four centuries in five innings – three of them against Sri Lanka – means the Sri Lanka bowlers need to find a way to get past him to test the rest.
Bowling has been India’s weaker suit for a while and Sri Lanka’s opportunity lies in exploiting the rustiness that may linger after a six-week break. Apart from Irfan Pathan and R Ashwin, the other Indian bowlers were expensive in the first ODI, but Sri Lanka lost momentum when Kumar Sangakkara had to stabilise the innings. Zaheer Khan bowled some good balls, but also many easy ones. Umesh Yadav generated pace but lacked direction and Pragyan Ojha was worked around. Sri Lanka could take a cue from the way Thisara Perera attacked to plan their comeback.
India, on the other hand, will back their strong suit – the batting – to deliver consistently and make up for the weakness in their bowling.
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