- India beat Sri Lanka by 3 wickets in 2nd ODI
- Batting first, Sri Lanka scored 9 wickets for 277 runs.
- In reply, India lost 7 wickets for 193 runs.
- After this Deepak and Bhuvi together gave victory to India.
The Indian team, engulfed by victory in the first match, defeated Sri Lanka in the second ODI as well. Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar snatched victory from Sri Lanka’s jaws by sharing an 84-run partnership for the 8th wicket for Team India, which was struggling for 193 for 7 at one time. With this, India has taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the ODI series. Deepak Chahar hit the winning four for the team led by Shikhar Dhawan.
Fast bowling specialist Deepak wrote the victory saga, scoring an unbeaten 69 off 82 balls with the help of 7 fours and a six. In this, Bhuvneshwar Kumar supported him. Bhuvi played an unbeaten 19 runs in 28 balls with the help of 2 fours. Batting first, Sri Lankan team scored 275 for 9 wickets. In reply, the Indian team won by scoring 277 runs in 49.1 overs for the loss of 7 wickets. For him, Suryakumar Yadav, who was playing the second ODI after Deepak Chahar, scored 53 runs in 44 balls, while Manish Pandey scored 37 runs in 31 balls.
Poor start for India, Prithvi and Ishaan got out cheaply
Chasing the target, India had a poor start and the team lost the wickets of openers Prithvi Shaw (13) and Ishan Kishan (01) only for 39 runs. Prithvi was bowled by a straight delivery from leg-spinner Hasaranga (3 for 37) while Ishaan played the delivery of fast bowler Kasun Rajita on the wickets. Skipper Shikhar Dhawan (29) was also leg before by missing a straight delivery from Hasaranga.
Manish Pandey run out then Hardik returns to zero
Suryakumar and Pandey then took the innings forward. Both the batsmen seemed to be in good form. Both completed India’s century of runs in the 16th over. Pandey, however, was unfortunately run out after that. Suryakumar hit a straight shot and the ball hit the wickets after being hit by bowler Dasun Shanaka’s hand. Pandey was out of the crease at this time. In the same over of Shanaka, Hardik Pandya (0) gave a catch to Dhananjay de Silva, which took India’s score to 116 for five in the 18th over.
India completed 150 runs in the 27th over. Suryakumar, playing his second match in the same over, hit a four on Lakshan Sandakan to complete his first half-century in 42 balls, but fell leg before the last ball. He hit six fours in 44 balls. After this, Krunal got Chahar’s support. Both hit fours on Sandakan but Hasaranga bowled Krunal and dealt a blow to India. Krunal hit three fours in 54 balls.
The charismatic batting of Deepak Chahar and Bhuvi started again
Chahar and Bhuvneshwar were now at the crease. India needed 67 runs in the last 10 overs. Chahar kept the run pace after hitting Sandakan for a four and then a six, hitting Rajita for two consecutive fours. Chahar, playing the fifth ODI, completed his half-century in 64 balls with a run off Chamira. India needed 31 runs in the last five overs. Only two runs came off Hasaranga’s over but Bhuvneshwar and Chahar scored 13 runs while hitting Chamira for fours. Hasaranga scored just one run in the 48th over. India needed 15 runs in the last two overs. Chahar made India’s upper hand heavy with two fours on Chamira. India needed three runs in the final over and Chahar gave victory to the team by hitting a boundary off Rajita’s first ball.
Thrill of Sri Lanka’s innings
Sri Lanka posted a challenging total of 275 for 9 with half-centuries from Charith Asalanka and opener Avishka Fernando. Asalanka made a career-best 65 off 68 balls with six fours, while Fernando made 50 off 71 balls. Lower down the order, Chamika Karunaratne (44 not out off 33 balls, five fours) played a flamboyant knock as the team managed to add 79 runs in the last 10 overs. Karunaratne also shared a 50-run partnership for the seventh wicket with Asalanka.
3 wickets for Chahal and Bhuvi
For India, leg-spinner Chahal scored 50 runs while Bhuvneshwar Kumar took three wickets for 54 runs. Deepak Chahar took two wickets for 53 runs. Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka won the toss and elected to bat. Fernando and Minod Bhanuka (36) once again got the team off to a good start, adding 77 runs for the first wicket.
Life for Minod and Fernando
Both Minod and Fernando got life in Chahar’s over. In the second over of the innings, Manish Pandey caught Minod in the slip off Chahar, while in the next over of the fast bowler Bhuvneshwar came inside the boundary and the ball went over him for six runs. Minod then hit two fours each on both Bhuvneshwar and Chahar, while Fernando with a four on Chahal took the team’s score past 50 runs in the eighth over. The Indian bowlers then curbed the Sri Lankan batsmen and there were no boundaries in the next five overs.
Fernando’s innings ended like this
The team got the advantage in the 14th over in the form of the wicket of Minod, who was caught by Pandey off Chahal’s ball. Chahal also got Bhanuka Rajapakse (0) caught by wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan on the next ball. Fernando and the experienced Dhananjay de Silva (32) then took the score past 100 in the 21st over. Fernando hit the first boundary after eight overs with a four off Krunal Pandya in the 24th over. In the next over, Fernando completed his half-century in 70 balls with a run off Bhuvneshwar, but then waved the ball in the air and caught Krunal at mid-on. He faced 71 balls and hit four fours and a six.
De Silva then played Chahar’s ball in the air and handed a simple catch to Indian captain Shikhar Dhawan at mid-off. Chahal, returning to the bowling, bowled Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka (16) to make the hosts 172 for five. In the meantime, Charith Asalanka played some charming shots. He hit fours on the spin trio of Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Krunal. Chahar gave Sri Lanka the sixth blow by bowling Wanindu Hasaranga (08). Sri Lanka’s 200 runs were completed in the 41st over. Asalanka completed her first fifty in 56 balls in her fourth match with a four off Kuldeep. Karunaratne hit two fours each in the last two overs of Chahar and Bhuvneshwar to take the team’s score past 270 runs.
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