The Ind vs SL ODI series that currently underway carry very much significance as far as Team India is concerned. With the ICC ODI World Cup just a few months away, that too in the Indian Subcontinent itself, Team India has to get its player combination traversing the right path after a dismal performance in all 3 formats last year. The spate of injuries that plagued the top performers like Bumrah and Jadeja and the ones included in the Playing XI, failing to live up to their reputation, the Indian team suffered humiliating defeats, especially in the multilateral events. The form of the star batters like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, who had a forgettable 2022, have however started the New Year on a promising note. The 1st ODI Ind with SL, in this 3 match series, however has shown signs that the team performance is turning around, however consistency remains the key.
Current standings of the ODI Ind vs SL series
The 3 match ODI series of Ind vs SL has hinted towards a one-sided contest with Team India dishing out a 67 run defeat to their Sri Lankan counterparts. However, the Sri Lankan skipper, Dasun Shanaka stood out with a spellbound century, even though for a losing cause. After Team India batted first, they amassed 373 runs with significant contributions from the top order comprising of Rohit Sharma, Shubhman Gill and Virat Kohli. King Kohli brought up his 45th ODI ton and with it, equaled Sachin Tendulkar with the highest number of ODI centuries on home soil (20). Rohit and Gill provided strong foundations to the innings with a 143 run opening stand before Kohli took over.
The forthcoming games
With 2 more games to go to the ODI Ind vs SL series, the Sri Lankan Team will definitely look to bounce back in their pursuit to win grab the series. For Team India, that too after the 20 member ODI World Cup team has been announced, they would really like to get their combination right, as their quest for the cup begins. Hence, a thriller of sorts in the ODI Ind with SL matches is pretty rife.
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