Mohali ODI: Rain does little to dampen Sri Lankan spirits

Mohali ODI: Rain does little to dampen Sri Lankan spirits

Mohali: Handed an embarrassing defeat in the inaugural ODI, a wounded India would look to get even against an inspired Sri Lanka in a do-or-die second match, here on Wenesday.

That may have been to accommodate Sri Lanka's practice later since the tourists were stranded in Dharamsala an extra day due to snow, but the morning hit out gave the team a rehearsal for what they can expect on Wednesday should they be batting first again in the must-win contest.

Lanka, on the other hand, will strike with full force in order to clinch their maiden ODI series win this year.

India take on Sri Lanka in the second ODI of the three-match on Wednesday. So a damp wicket could once again test the Indian top-order.

Powered by Rohit Sharma's terrific double ton India beat Sri Lanka in the second ODI to level the series 1-1

The tourists will also be expecting another brilliant show from their bowling unit led by pacer Suranga Lakmal, who returned figures of 4/13, along with Mathews and Nuwan Pradeep.

That said, Sri Lanka are on the cusp of something truly special. If the tourists can ward off complacency, they might become the most underrated team to halt India's domineering streak. Rahane sat out of the opening game as the team management only sees him as the back-up opener in the presence of Sharma and Dhawan. After the experienced Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan fell early, it was an ideal opportunity for the likes of Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik and Manish Pandey to weather the initial storm and make a big score. "Toss will definitely decide the match like the previous game (in Dharamsala)", said Perera, whose side bundled out India for 112 in the opener.

- A loss in the second ODI will bring an end to India's run of seven consecutive bilateral series victories. "For any cricketer, playing for India is the ultimate dream". The first game is now history. "It is a good opportunity to win the series. That is why the tour selectors, myself and everyone is giving them confidence and treating it as another game", said Perera, who is looking to use his experience of playing in Mohali for Kings XI Punjab to his advantage.

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