After the Tests, the action shifts to the 50-over format with the first of the five ODIs being scheduled for August 20 and the remaining four matches for August 24, 27, 31 and September 3. A loss means they will be left with the task of winning two of the last three matches to avoid last-minute calculations to make the cut. He has a brilliant record to start with, though most of the games were played din India, you still have to win matches. "I hope they will support us tomorrow - it is with their support that we can move forward". "We look at him as a great option".
"Yuzvendra and Axar are guys who haven't got many opportunities so we want to test them out".
There was much hue and cry after their crushing defeat on Sunday and Tharanga sought to placate the angry fans apart from rejecting rumours of a dressing room rift. With the second ODI just hours away, Sri Lankan management have a lot to ponder upon mostly picking the strong suited playing XI.
If the home fans had hoped the change in format would bring a change in fortunes, they were left bitterly disappointed as India breezed to a nine-wicket win in the first one-day worldwide in Dambulla, chasing down a 217-run target in under 29 overs. But all the players are in good spirits because we have been preparing for this series well ahead of time. They have more than able company in Niroshan Dickwella, who got the hosts to a splendid start in Dambulla. Pothas insisted that the team will come into its own with time.
"It swings between hurt and embarrassment", Sri Lanka's interim coach Nic Pothas said following the match, as quoted on CricBuzz. And if the Lankans have to wake up from their slump, the scenic Pallekele International Stadium hosting the second ODI isn't all that bad a place to do so.
The home team also did not go past a total of 300 once in their first innings in the entire series.
This contest is vital for us because we lost the first. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka is in serious trouble though the country is already qualified to be in the 2019 World Cup still Sri Lanka's feedback and appearances' in the World Cup of 2009 is depends on how the country will be performed in this ODI series of 2017.