(Video) Reckless shot by Dhananjaya de Silva lets Sri Lanka down, twice in a row

Dhananjaya de Silva is Sri Lankaโ€™s sheet anchor. In the absence of Angelo Mathews, the onus lies with him to bail the islanders out of choppy waters. However, his reckless shots in the ODI series against India have done little to justify that role of a rescuer.

The precociously talented right-hander squandered a promising start in the series opener as he danced down the track to Krunal Pandya only to miscue the inside-out loft to long-off. He could only contribute 14 to Sri Lankaโ€™s paltry total of 262.

A similar script unfolded in the ongoing second ODI today. Having bided his time at the crease to rake up a breezy 32 off 45 balls, de Silva was flummoxed all ends up by Deepak Chaharโ€™s knuckleball and ended up skewing an ugly connection to mid-off.

de Silva is not a youngster wet behind the ears but a middle-order rock with a wealth of experience. Sri Lanka would expect their seasoned players to rise to the occasion and engineer noteworthy knocks if they harbour dreams as ambitious as a victory against a clearly superior Indian outfit.