Friday, January 30, 2009

Sri Lanka vs India 2nd ODI 2009: Preview and Live Score

Those who are interested to get the live score and updates of the second ODI between India and Sri Lanka can follow the link given below:

Sri Lanka vs India 2nd ODI 2009 Live Score and Updates

Confident India is going to take on host Sri Lanka on Saturday (31 January) at the R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo in the second ODI of the five-match ODI series. India is leading 1-0 in the series with a 6-wicket victory in the first ODI at Dambulla. Host Sri Lanka would look to bounce back in the series winning the second match, while India will definitely try to stretch their lead in the series pulling off another victory in the second match. So, with both sides seem to be determined for win, the second ODI is expected to be a hard-fought affair between Sri Lanka and India.

Match: Sri Lanka vs India, Second ODI 2009

Date: 31 January 2009, Saturday

Venue: R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

Kick off: 14:30 local time (09:00 GMT)

Live on: NEO Cricket TV Channel

The match has another attraction and that is the landmark of Sri Lankan off spinner Muttiah Muralitharan who is just 2 wickets shy of Pakistan legend Wasim Akram’s record 503 ODI wickets. The spinner started the series with 500 ODI wickets and took it to 501 picking up the wicket of Gautam Gambhir in the first ODI. Sri Lankan cricket fans are now eagerly waiting to see Muralitharan becoming leading wicket taker in ODI cricket as he is now in test cricket. This landmark could be an extra inspiration for the rest of the Sri Lankan pacers.

For India, they have a number of reasons to be confident with a number of players playing at their best at this moment. Open Gautam Gambhir has been in excellent form of recent, while talented players like Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma are giving their 100 percent to cement their place in the final eleven. Yuvraj Singh did not get run in the first ODI, but considering his fiery performance against South Africa in the recent home series, Sri Lanka can not just write him off yet. Dhoni has been showing great maturity as a player as well as a captain.

Indian bowlers, specially the pacers, have been impressive over the last one year with sheer amount of consistency in their performance. Pacer Munaf Patel was not very impressive in the first match, but the way he improved over the last six months, I must say that he is a dangerous bowler for any opponent. His comparatively slow but swing bowling should be a cause of concern for any side. India might be missing injured off spinner Harbhajan Singh, but his replacement left arm spinner Pragyan Ojha did not let the Indians feel the void of Harbhajan Singh in the first ODI, taking three wickets. All rounder Yusuf Pathan also add some strength to the Indian team. Overall, Indian has a balanced side who can outdo any side in their days. India rested in-form opener Virender Sehwag in the first match as the batsman picked up an injury during training before the first match. I am not sure whether he will be able to take part in the second ODI, but if he returns, Rohit Sharma would have to make way for him in the final eleven for the second match.

Sri Lanka also has a number of quality players like Sanath Jayasuria, Kumar Sangakara, and Captain Mahela Jayawardene. However, the main problem is that most of the players are now out of form. Captain Jayawardene is going through a bad patch, while wicketkeeper batsman Sangakara is not anywhere close to his top form at this moment. No doubt, veteran opener Sanath Jayasuria’s excellent century in the first ODI can be an inspiration for the others in the team. Especially the young cricketers like Kandamby and Maharoof, Jayasuria’s excellent innings could be a source of inspiration. Sri Lankan pace attack was not impressive in the first match, but the pacers like Thushara, Kapugedera are talented and already proved their skill and talent in Pakistan recently. So, they can come back with their top form in the second ODI, while two Sri Lankan spinners Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis are out there posing some constant threat for the visitors.

Venue R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo is well-known for high-scoring matches. In fact, this is the venue which holds the record for highest test total 952 for 6 made by Sri Lanka in 1997-98 season against India during which Jayasuria and Mahanama shared 576 runs for the second wicket which is still a world record for highest test partnership for any wicket. So, I am expecting a high-scoring match in the second ODI.

Online Live Score and Updates

Here, I am giving some links of live score and update websites from where you can get the live score and updates of the match between India and Sri Lanka:











India seems to be favorite for the second ODI, but you can not write off Sri Lanka who has home advantage. To come back in the series, Sri Lanka needs to win the match and to do this, Sri Lankan middle order has to play a big part. Indian team seems to be pretty much balanced and if they continue their current form then Sri Lanka might find it a bit hard to stop the winning run of Indian team in the second ODI too. However, I am expecting a competitive match in the second ODI.


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