Upbeat Sri Lanka out to make history in Mohali

Sri Lanka skipper Thisara Perera won the toss and chose to bowl first in the second one-day worldwide against India in Mohali on Wednesday.

"And fitness also as you know it has become a very important aspect of this Indian team", said the Tamil Nadu all-rounder, who made his first-class debut past year before playing his first List A game this March.

Sri Lanka, on the other hand, will have a golden opportunity to seal the series after ending a 12-match losing streak on Sunday.

Suranga Lakmal and the rest of the Sri Lankan pacers, who had blown away Indian batsmen, will once again look to do the same.

Barring Dhoni, the Indian batsmen were all at sea against the moving ball in Dharamsala but Sundar said such kind of surfaces are elsewhere too in the country. Not many teams have won series in India.

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Ajinkya Rahane was the first to hit the nets and almost the last to leave, but given captain Rohit Sharma's call to back the "young" core before the team starts touring overseas, the batting department is unlikely to see any major tinkering. India last lost a ODI series at home back in 2015 against South Africa.

India: 1 Rohit Sharma (capt), 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Shreyas Iyer, 4 Dinesh Karthik, 5 Manish Pandey, 6 MS Dhoni (wk), 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Washington Sundar, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal. With rain expected later in the day on the eve of the game as well, and clouds hanging around throughout, the toss will play a vital role again. "Toss will definitely decide the match like the previous game (in Dharamsala)", said Perera, whose side bundled out India for 112 in the opener.

- MS Dhoni needs 11 more runs to go past Sachin Tendulkar (366 runs) as the highest run-getter at PCA Stadium. "For any cricketer, playing for India is the ultimate dream". I know this is a good opportunity for us. "The first game is history".

Moreover, the exclusion of the experienced Ajinkya Rahane from the playing XI without regular skipper Virat Kohli also raised questions on the team management's strategy in the opening game.

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