Indian skipper Shikhar Dhawan was full of praise for the duo Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, especially the former, for the way they did business in a fairly hopeless position for India to clinch an unforgettable three-wicket victory.
The whirlwind 82-ball 69 * of Deepak Chahar and the calm and compound 28-ball 19 of Bhuvneshwar Kumar helped India to pull a rather unlikely victory out of the defeat and achieve their tenth consecutive ODI victory in the island.
India looked down and out as Chahar and Bhuvi came together in the middle. They had just lost the wicket of Krunal Pandya and the target was still 83 runs away.
However, Chahar launched a calculated counter-attack, while Bhuvi piled up the runs via singles to take India past the finish line.
Shikhar Dhawan was particularly impressed with the way Chahar and Bhuvneshwar planned the race by choosing which specific bowlers they wanted to attack. He also praised Krunal Pandya for his mature and valuable knockout of 35.
It was great to see Chahar and Bhuvi. I also want to mention Krunal. Everyone showed character. The chances were low, but we knew he was batting well in the nets. “His state of mind, his calculation – in the last four overs they did not touch the lathe, because at that time he was deadly,” Shikhar Dhawan said in the post-match presentation.
Dhawan also praised the Sri Lankans for their tactics of turning early and making a brilliant fielding effort during a majority of the proceedings.
‘I felt that the way Sri Lanka planned their innings, batting and bowling – they brought the spinner in the bag early – and that the way they play was good to see and learn. They worked very hard, but are glad we are on the winning side. Whether we win or lose, it’s learning. We will also get better, ”said Dhawan.
Indian batting sheets batted in the same offensive manner as in the first ODI. But this time, the slant fell back when Wanindu Hasaranga tackled both of their openers.
Dhawan said the experience will be a good learning curve for the young batsmen, and it will help them to approach such games in a different way in the future.
‘I felt that the wicket today was much better than the previous game and that we limited them to a good score. It was really good as bowlers adjusted their lines and lengths. We were confident to pursue it, but we did not start well. It was a good lesson for them. These kinds of games teach us a lot as a team and they learn how to handle such games. “Unfortunately, Manish came out, it was a lot of luck,” he said.