Playing XI for the 2nd ODI vs IND

1 Pathum Nissanka  Top order Batter
2 Kusal Mendis † Top order Batter
3 Avishka Fernando  Top order Batter
4 Dhananjaya de Silva  Middle order Batter/ Allrounder
5 Dasun Shanaka (c) Middle order Batter/ Allrounder
6 Charith Asalanka  Middle order Batter
7 Wanindu Hasaranga Allrounder
8 Chamika Karunaratne  Allrounder
9 Dunith Wellalage  Allrounder
10 Kasun Rajitha  Bowler
11 Lahiru Kumara Bowler

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  1. I don’t know if Avishka should bat in the top 3. Based on the analysis that Mahela had done, it’s best for him to come in when the field is spread out. Shanaka should come in at 5. Rajitha bowled well in the last game but he will be the weak link if there is no swing. Kolkata seems to be a batting friendly pitch.

    • Avishka’s 3 ODI centuries have come batting in 1st and 3rd positions (Mahela might analyze his T20I data since in ODI he has plenty of time to settle down), even though I would personally like him to come after 1 down since Mendis & Pathum has nicely maintained our opening batter duties for the past year. My personal opinion is that Rajitha is a good all-format bowler now, he needs to maintain his nerve in these batting paradise pitches (Kolkata will be the same for sure, India planned to get their all batters in form ahead of WC to settle their batting lineup)

      • Fair point. Do agree, Pathum and Kusal have been settling in to opening roles. It will be good solidify the positions. Kusal, Pathum, Asalanka, Avishka is a solid batting lineup once they settle. If Dana was consistent, he would be a good option for 3 too, with pace still on.