India vs Sri Lanka 2nd ODI, Colombo Weather Today: After dominating Sri Lanka in the first ODI couple of days back, India have the chance to seal the series when they take on the hosts for the second ODI at the Premadasa Stadium, Colombo today. However, more than their opponents, it seems rain gods may stop the Shikhar Dhawan-led Indian team from another win. The weather forecast in Colombo through the day is of intermittent clouds with a 20 percent chance of rain in the early hours of the match. Throughout the day, the forecast is cloudy.
In the first ODI, While Shikhar Dhawan, who is leading the Indian team for the first time, was the star of the first match with an unbeaten 86 that took the team to victory, India had plenty of other positives from the match. Prithvi Shaw, who is making a return to the Indian national side after he was axed following the Australian Test tour, provided India with a quick start, making 43 off 24 deliveries which tilted the balance in India’s favour right from the start of the innings. Apart from that, young wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan, making his ODI debut, scored 59 runs from 42 balls and kept India on road for an easy win.
The impressive performances of Indian youngsters apart, India also managed to get the spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal up and running. The two have not played for a long time and doubts began to emerge on their effectiveness in the absence of former India captain and wicketkeeper MS Dhoni. Both of them took two wickets each — Yadav taking two for 48 and Chahal two for 52. Yadav was responsible for picking two quick wickets at a time when the Sri Lankans looked set to put up a big total, at 85 for 1 in 16 overs. The fact that the pitch is dry has ensured plenty of help to spinners and it looks likely that the two will find help and assistance from the surface.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, are missing their top stars due to suspension and injuries. They will have their task cut out once again.