The Indian team led by Shikhar Dhawan will certainly have an opportunity in the 2nd ODI to wrap up the series and continue the spell of dominance, which has not been seen between these rivalries in the past. India has a good superior record against Sri Lanka in the ODI matches, leading the list 92-56 after winning the first ODI of the three-match series.
In the mid to late 1990s, the Lankans ‘ play and form kept them as the ODI champions of the world and were very tough to be beaten in the ODI format. The likes of Sanath Jayasuriya, Aravinda de Silva, Arjuna Ranatunga, Chaminda Vaas, and Muttiah Muralitharan had turned them into a very strong team that would beat any opponent in the World. Even India had suffered at their hands during that period.
India is hugely eyeing a big milestone against Sri Lanka. A win in the 2nd ODI will certainly provide India a 9th consecutive bilateral ODI series win over Sri Lanka. This will be the tied most for a team against another in the 50-over format, as South Africa and Pakistan had done this earlier.
Pakistan leads the record list with 11 bilateral ODI series win over Zimbabwe. India has won 10 series on the trot against West Indies from 2007 – 2019. India has started winning the series against the Sri Lankans even when the World’s best players Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, and Lasith Malinga were still in their prime.
Dasun Shanaka’s team has to perform well to stay in the series. A huge team effort is needed for the Lankans.