The long-awaited leg with limited lanes between India and Sri Lanka finally started on Sunday. Sri Lanka cricket have announced their white ball squad after too many distractions behind the scenes, with Dasun Shanaka replacing Kusal Perera as captain. Meanwhile, India’s flyhalf came under the spotlight in the first few overs after Sri Lanka chose to bat after winning the toss in the first ODI.
The men in blue reportedly scored the worst bowling average in the first ten overs of the innings since 2020. India scored an awful bowling average of 123.50, scoring just six wickets and maintaining an economic figure of 6.17. In fact, Zimbabwe, which is the lowest ranking among full-fledged countries, is doing better with 59.16.
Sri Lanka is fourth with 46.16, while New Zealand has the best bowling average with 24. India has indeed fared badly several times since 2020, as Australia, England and New Zealand plundered their bowling unit by stabbing a whirlwind position within ten overs.
India hand over Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan ODI in first ODI against Sri Lanka:
Meanwhile, Indian team Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan gave their first ODI match against Sri Lanka in the first ODI. Yadav and Kishan had already hissed against England in their first T20I appearances earlier this year after shining for the Mumbai Indians.
Suryakumar Yadav is likely to bat at number three, while Ishan Kishan could come in at number five. The host, who preferred to bat first, made a steady start as Avishka Fernando and Minod Bhanuka neutralized the bowling threats of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar.