Having gone off to a flying start in the One-Day International (ODI), visitors India are certainly on a high as they look to tighten the grip in the second of the five-match ODI series against hosts Sri Lanka at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy on Thursday. The visitors have been dominant right from the start of the tour, as they have whitewashed the hosts 3-0 in the just concluded Test series, while they aim to do so in the ODIs as well. As for the Sri Lankans, they have hardly put up a competition so far against the Indians, and the second ODI could be the perfect platform for them to turn the tables. Therefore, with that hope, let us have a look at the key battles which could be presented in the second ODI at Kandy. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Sri Lanka 2017 2nd ODI at Kandy

Niroshan Dickwella vs Bhuvneshwar Kumar: In the opening ODI, there was hardly any commendable innings from the Sri Lankans, apart from the opener Niroshan Dickwella, who struck a healthy 64, and was the highest scorer of the innings. He would be backing himself to do so again with a better innings. However, he must be all set to face stern competition from Indian seam bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Although expensive and wicketless in the previous game, Bhuvneshwar is a force to reckon with when it comes to bowling, and it could be of no surprise if he manages to turn things around in this tie with his seam bowling. Therefore, Dickwella has all the reasons to be well prepared as they both could well put up a tough fight. Mahela Jayawardene: SL running low on confidence vs IND

Virat Kohli vs Lakshan Sandakan: When it comes to Indian batting, any competition is incomplete without the Indian skipper Virat Kohli. Having played a fine innings of an unbeaten 82 off 70 deliveries in the previous tie, Kohli is undoubtedly going to present a competition once again in the second ODI. As for his competitor, he would be facing competition from Sri Lanka s Chinaman bowler Lakshan Sandakan. Despite being the most expensive bowler in the previous tie and going wicketless, he could still manage to turn things around for the Sri Lankans and give the Indian batsmen a hard time with his spin bowling. However, he will have to pray to get a certain advantage of the conditions, as going by the class of Kohli, he could be equally dangerous with the bat in any condition. Mukund: India is so strong a side that even triple-centurions warm the bench

Angelo Mathews vs Akshar Patel: As for competition, the former Sri Lankan skipper is not a man to lag behind. The all-rounder can be equally destructive with both bat and the ball. Having remained unbeaten on 36 in the previous tie, he surprisingly just bowled a couple of overs, giving away just nine runs for no wicket. No idea if it was intentional or something, the class of Mathews bowling is well good and could certainly be a tough test for the Indian batsmen. So could be his batting as well. However, when it comes to his batting, he could face a stern test from the Indian all-rounder Akshar Patel, who is sometimes deadly with his accuracy and intelligence, and can give a good tough time to the batsmen. He could also come in handy with the bat, but the competition between Mathew s bat and Akshar s bowl would be the highlight of this rivalry. Virat Kohli s success mantra lies in optimism and positivity

Kusal Mendis vs Kedar Jadhav: When it comes to Sri Lanka s batting, they certainly have one of the star-studded and talented batting line-up. So is their top-order batsman Kusal Mendis. Having scored a good 36 in the previous tie, Mendis could be backed to play an even better innings in the second ODI. However, his intentions can face a blockade against Indian all-rounder Kedar Jadhav, who has been in fine form of late. Having claimed a couple for 26 in the previous tie, Jadhav is certainly one of the in-form bowlers in the Indian side at present, and the Sri Lankan batsmen, especially Kusal should do a good homework if they want to tackle him good and score against him. Overall, another interesting rivalry on the cards.