Lahiru Thirimanne who has also been drafted into the side will in all probability open the innings with Niroshan Dickwella as Danushka Gunathilaka has been ruled out with injury. Sri Lanka lost the plot completely in the business end to finish with 217/9 in their 50 overs.
"What we knew of him was more of an off-spinner bowling the odd leg-break, but he picks up four wickets on googlys".
Dinesh Chandimal's has been ruled out of the India series by the hairline fracture he sustained after being hit on the right thumb while batting in Pallekele. It was the first toss Sri Lanka had won since India landed on their shores over a month ago.
"If I had come at No 3, I would have still missed that ball because he (Dananjaya) was bowling that well".
The third ODI between the teams in set for the same venue on Sunday.
Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews fell shortly after, but Milinda Siriwardana and Chamara Kapugedara stabilised the innings with a 91-run partnership, during which Siriwardana brought up his half-century.
Meanwhile, the pace trio of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya are likely to retain their place, whereas India could continue with Yuzvendra Chahal and Axar Patel as their spin options.
The early signs for Pandya were highly promising, even if his first three tests were played against a shambles of a Sri Lanka side.
After India were tottering at 61 for loss of 4 wickets, former India captain, MS Dhoni, who played a big hand in the last match, and Rohit joined hands to form a solid partnership to cross the finishing line.
Tailender Bhuvneshwar Kumar extended tremendous support to Dhoni and ended up with an unbeaten 53 off 80 balls.
Mendis was a rage in the media too with the army boy from little-known Moratuwa town who could not speak or understand English pushed to do one-on-ones with Indian TV channels using the aid of a translator.
However, the riot task force was roped in and they managed to clear an entire section of the grass bank, which allowed play to resume.
Sri Lanka's middle and lower middle order failed to capitalise on the recovery as the Indian bowlers picked up wickets regularly. They had a good start.
In their pre-match presser, Tharanga and coach Nic Pothas were in damage control mode as they attempted to alleviate the criticism around the Sri Lankan cricket team.