Deepak Chahar played an unbeaten 69 runs off 82 balls to lead In the to victory in the second ODI against Sri Lanka Tuesday at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Chahar also grabbed two wickets and conceded 53 runs in 8 overs. With this win, India have now taken an undisputed 2-0 lead in the ongoing three-match ODI series.
After 276 chases, India was seven hours ahead of 19 Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (19 not out) forged an unbeaten partnership of 84 runs around the eight wickets to a unforgettable victory for the Men in Blue, who have expanded their ODI record of not losing on Sri Lankan soil since 2012.
After leading India to an unlikely three-wicket victory by hitting a limit on the first delivery of the final, Chahar has revealed which head coach Rahul Dravid told him before stepping out to bat.
‘No better way to win the match for the country. Rahul sir told me to play all the balls. I played a few innings with India A (when Dravid was coach) and I think he believes in me.
‘He told me he thinks I’m good enough to get a no. To become 7 (but he hit at 8). He believes in me. Hopefully I don’t have to bat in the upcoming games. When we got under 50, I believed we could win. Before that it was ball for ball. I took some risks afterwards, ” said Chahar during the post-match presentation.
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Before the second one – day match against Sri Lanka, Chahar’s highest score in international cricket was 12.
“It was hot out there, we did well there. Has two wickets. We managed to stop them at 270 (actually 275). It was a proper score on this wicket.
“Only one thing happened in my mind: this is the kind of turn I dreamed of. There is no better way to win the match for the country, “ he said when asked about his mindset while batting in the middle.
The third and final ODI will be played on Friday (July 23) at the same venue.