Angelo Mathews will lead Sri Lanka in the second ODI against Ireland  © Getty Images
Angelo Mathews will lead Sri Lanka in the second ODI against Ireland © Getty Images

Sri Lanka will play the 2nd One-Day International (ODI) against Ireland on Saturday, in what is a two-ODI series. The match will be played at The Village in Dublin as Ireland play hosts to the visitors. Sri Lanka won the first ODI against them by 76 runs through the Duckworth Lewis (DL) method. A Dinesh Chandimal century along with Dasun Shanaka’s magnificent all-round performance was the deciding factor between the two teams, as Sri Lanka took a 1-0 lead. Coming into the second ODI though the Lankans could well make some changes in their line-up, keeping in mind the fact that are approaching an important ODI series against England and would want all their players to have spent some time in the middle. Here’s what Karan Dewan thinks could be their likely XI. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Ireland  vs  Sri Lanka , 2nd ODI match at Dublin

Top order: Sri Lanka’s top-order with Kusal Perera and Danushka Gunathilaka got them off to a decent start in the first ODI, although Perera contributed the majority of runs. Gunathilaka couldn’t reach double-figures. If Sri Lanka want a solid opening pair, they can try Upul Tharanga in place of him, and this will also be the right time to try it out. Tharanga has opened for them in the past and is an experienced campaigner. At No.3, Kusal Mendis looked good as he scored his half-century. He might want to continue the form. ALSO READ: Ireland vs Sri Lanka 2016, 2nd ODI at Dublin, Predictions and Preview: Visitors aim for series win

Middle-Order: The Sri Lankan middle-order had a terrific day in the second ODI against Ireland. Chandimal’s century showed what he is capable of in the limited overs format. Captain Angelo Mathews scored a valuable 49 off 52 balls. And Dasun Shanaka had what one could only dream of, a perfect start to his ODI career as he played 19 balls to score 42 lower down the order. He went on to take 5 wickets and deliver a Man of the Match performance as well. Seekkuge Prasanna, didn’t have a very good game as he was out for zero and got just one wicket. He might be replaced by Suraj Randiv if the visitors want to try out different things.

Lower Order and Bowling: Dhananjaya de Silva also made his debut for the visitors but didn’t have much to do in the game. Sri Lanka could well make a change in the batting order and give Farveez Maharoof a chance to start as well. The all-rounder was named in the 15-man side after a gap of 4 years after impressive performances in the domestic circuit. Shaminda Eranga and Nuwan Pradeep might retain their place in the side in the second ODI.

All in all, Sri Lanka should seek to find the correct balance and the correct combination which they feel might help them win games against England in the coming days.

SL Likely XI: Kusal Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka/ Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Dasun Shanaka, Farveez Maharoof, Dhananjaya de Silva, Seekkuge Prasanna/Suraj Randiv, Shaminda Eranga, Nuwan Pradeep

(Karan Dewana reporter with CricketCountry, loves following and playing sports. He is a Team India fan and loves winning. Follow him on his twitter handle @karan13dewan)