COLOMBO: Tail-ender Deepak Chahar introduced India again from the useless with a steely 69 off 82 balls and script the visiting staff’s series-sealing victory within the second ODI towards Sri Lanka on Tuesday.
Chasing 276, India had been down and out at 193 for seven earlier than Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (19 not out off 28) cast an unbeaten 84-run stand to seal a memorable win for the guests who prolonged their document of not dropping an ODI on Sri Lanka soil since 2012.
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A struggling Sri Lankan outfit badly wanted a morale-boosting win however has solely itself accountable for not ending the job from a commanding place.
Chahar, whose highest rating earlier than this recreation was 12, confirmed outstanding resolve and composure beneath strain to take his staff over the road with 5 balls to spare. He fittingly hit the profitable boundary.
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It was India’s ninth consecutive bilateral sequence win over Sri Lanka. The third ODI will likely be performed on Friday.
It was anticipated to be one other comfy chase for India after Sri Lanka put an improved batting effort to put up 275 for 9.
Nevertheless, questionable shot choice from nearly all of the Indian batsmen gave their struggling opponents hope.
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Barring Chahar and Suryakumar Yadav (53), the Indian batsmen faltered. Leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga troubled the Indians along with his variations and ended up being the stand out bowler for his staff.
India felt the warmth early on within the chase with Prithvi Shaw and Ishan Kishan, who each blew away the opposition within the opener on Sunday, getting out to unhealthy photographs.
Shaw failed to choose a fallacious one off Hasaranga and obtained bowled whereas going for a reduce. The opener as soon as once more confirmed elegant kind throughout his brief keep within the center with three pleasant boundaries earlier than throwing it away.
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Kishan, along with his ft nowhere near the bat, tried to whack it by the off-side off pacer Kasun Rajitha solely to play it on to the stumps, leaving India at 39 for 2 in 4 overs.
Skipper Shikhar Dhawan (29 off 38) was not at his fluent finest for the second recreation in a row and was trapped in entrance by Hasaranga.
Manish Pandey (37) was unlucky to be run out off a deflection from the bowler’s hand and Hardik Pandya hitting it straight to mid wicket with laborious palms left India reeling at 116 for 5.
Suryakumar and Krunal stitched a 44-run stand earlier than Chahar produced a stunner from nowhere for a outstanding win.
Earlier, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal led India’s respectable effort with the ball.
Just about just like the sequence opener, a lot of the Sri Lankan batsmen obtained begins however did not capitalise after the hosts opted to bat.
Avishka Fernando (50 off 71) and Charith Asalanka (65 off 68) struck wonderful half-centuries however the dwelling staff wasn’t disciplined sufficient to put up an imposing whole.
Chamika Karunaratne (44 not out off 33) got here up with one other well timed cameo to take the staff previous 270.
Chahal (3/50) was the choose of the bowlers whereas pacers Deepak Chahar (2/53) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/54) too obtained wickets primarily as a result of profligacy of the house staff batsmen.
Openers Fernando (50 off 71) and Minod Bhanuka (36 off 42) took Sri Lanka to 59 for loss within the first 10 overs.
The momentum shifted India’s manner drastically after Chahal eliminated Minod and Bhanuka Rajapaksa off successive balls within the 14th over.
Sri Lanka, who’re among the many worst performing groups within the center overs, struggled once more within the essential stage of the sport. They took 97 balls to search out their subsequent boundary after the eight over.
From 77 for no loss within the 14th over, Sri Lanka slipped to 134 for 4 within the twenty eighth over.
Asalanka and skipper Dasun Shanaka tried to resurrect the innings however their 38-run stand ended with the captain falling to a flatter one from Chahal.
Chahar took his second wicket with an ideal knuckle ball that crashed by Wanindu Hasaranga’s defences.
Asalanka performed some daring strokes alongside Karunaratne to present the innings some impetus in direction of the top.
Asalanka obtained to his maiden fifty with a lofted boundary over further cowl off Kuldeep Yadav earlier than sweeping the left-arm wrist spinner for an additional 4 in the identical over.
Bhuvneshar stored issues tight however bowled at a slower tempo than his traditional.