Sri Lanka Vs India First ODI at Dambulla
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Sri Lanka Vs India first ODI: The aftermath of frightful 3-0 Test series loss to India showcases the gulf in Lankan class and intent. Remarkably, it's for the first time India whitewashed Sri Lanka on their home soil. Unlike the Test series that turned out to be a one-sided affair, the five-match ODI series is supposed to go a bit more competitive. Lankan captain Upul Tharanga is now hoping his men to present a tough rivalry in the shortest format. But, it would require them a massive improvement in class.
Sri Lanka Vs India first ODI is scheduled to be played in Dambulla on August 20. Ahead of the match, Lankan skipper is seeking fans' support as it could play a big role in lifting the team's morale. Tharanga has also reposed faith in his men in the shorter format. He believes that his team is well equipped to fare batter in the 50-over format. All he needs to regain the spirit is the fans' support, Tharanga repeatedly emphasizes.
Although Tharanga is confident to come out stronger in the ODI series, there is a lot of difference between words and deeds. And this needs to be understood by the Lankan skipper. In reality, he needs to focus on his game and put in the hard work rather than having a big mouth. Sri Lanka squad for the ODI series features Upul Tharanga (c), Danushka Gunathilaka, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella, Chamara Kapugedera, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Dushmantha Chameera, Thisara Perera, Malinda Pushpakumara, Wanindu Hasaranga, Milinda Siriwardana, Vishwa Fernando and Lasith Malinga.
Sri Lanka squad for the ODI series would be without Asela Gunaratne, Nuwan Kulasekara, Asitha Fernando and Lahiru Kumara. Selectors have replaced Gunaratne with all-rounder Thisara Perera, who was overlooked for the home series against Zimbabwe. Milinda Siriwardana is also a new edition to Sri Lanka ODI squad. Other than this, the selectors have invited Malinda Pushpakumara and young seamer Vishwa Fernando, the two players yet to make their ODI debut.
Will Sri Lanka come out strong to beat India in the first ODI at Dambulla?