In the second game of the three-match ODI series, India and Sri Lanka will square off at the mighty Eden Gardens Stadium. In spite of Sri Lanka’s heroic efforts, India won the first game by a margin of 67 runs, for those who are unfamiliar. Virat Kohli’s incredible 45th ODI century, along with half-centuries from skipper Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill, helped India defeat Sri Lanka.
Dasun Shanaka, the captain of Sri Lanka, maintained his composure throughout the entire innings to record his highest-ever score in the format (108*) and significantly narrow the margin of defeat.
The second ODI will be played at Eden Gardens, a venue that hasn’t hosted an ODI game in more than five years. Rohit Sharma’s team will want to end the series early and establish India as the favourite to win the cup as the World Cup season gets underway, despite their recent performance in the ICC competition. Read More: Batsmen with Highest ODI Individual Scores in a Losing Cause.
Eden Gardens Stadium: Pitch Report
The Eden Gardens field is expected to develop into a batting haven as well. Additionally, the batters will benefit from the smaller boundary dimensions and lightning-quick outfield, which will maximise the value of their shots.
Regarding the bowlers, the pacers may benefit from the early seam movement while the spinners are likely to receive some assistance from the track as the game goes on.
However, with the pitch likely to improve over the course of the game and under lights, expect the batters to enjoy the benefits of the pitch condition.
Expect the captain who wins the toss to again decide to bowl first because the dew is likely to have a significant impact at Eden Gardens.
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