Deepak Chahar’s whirlwind unbeaten by 69 off 82 balls and Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s calm 28-ball 19 * helped In the takes a victory from the jaws of a certain defeat in the second ODI in Colombo by three wickets. And in doing so, India also bagged the series 2-0, in addition to claiming 10 points in the ICC ODI Super League table.
Bat first, Sri Lankan starting duo of Avishka Fernando (50 off 71 balls) and Minod Bhanuka (36 off 42 balls) gave their team a good start again as they collected 77 runs in 13 overs.
However, Bhanuka fell in the 14th over against Yuzvendra Chahal in the run-up to the match, and the spinner backed it up by another wicket on the next delivery as he incited an outside of Rajapaksa’s bat.
The mid-overs were once again the genesis of the Sri Lankan batsmen as they struggled to turn the strike around, regularly losing wickets as they tried to pick up the release shot.
Deepak Chahar (2/53 in 8) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/54 in 10) beat by five wickets between the middle and the innings, while Chahal also claimed another in the form of Dasun Shanaka to score with 3 / to end. 50 in 10.
Kuldeep Yadav, on the other hand, had a disappointing day when he gave away 55 runs in his ten overs without taking a single wicket.
Charith Asalanka’s brilliant 68-ball 65 and an unbeaten counter-attacking 33-ball 44 by Chamika Karunaratne helped Sri Lanka put 9/275 in 50 overs.
In response, India started a fly again when Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan smashed to six boundaries in the first 12 balls.
However, the introduction of Wanindu Hasaranga in just the 3rd over of the Indian innings seems to be the turning point, as the spinner Shaw knocked over with a googly before catching Shikhar Dhawan’s lead from the front with a smooth delivery.
Kasun Rajitha meanwhile got Ishan Kishan to chop one on his stumps. Manish Pandey and Suryakumar Yadav did the rebuilding work as the duo put together an entertaining 50-run stand in just over five overs.
Surya was at his best against the spinners when he dished out his 360-degree game against them. The Danish Pandey, on the other hand, looked very calm and composed while turning the strike regularly, except to earn something in his rent arc.
But just as it looked like the duo were on their way to having a very big partnership, Pandey fell off the non-goal scorer at the end after a straight ride from SKY was diverted from the bowler’s hand to hit the stumps hit.
A collapse occurred after Pandey’s wicket, when Hardik Pandya went to a three-ball duck, while Suryakumar Yadav also perished after hitting his fiancée ODI fifty, leaving India at 6/160 in 27 overs has.
Krunal Pandya (35 of 54) and Deepak Chahar conceded 44 runs in the next 9 overs before Wanindu Hasaranga inflicted another blow on Team India when he outsmarted the former to drive his stump.
India looked down and down, but Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar went on to hold a rally of Pallekele 2017, where MS Dhoni and the latter won the match for the visitors from a precarious position.
This time, Chahar played the role of Bhuvi as he swung his bat around and crushed a whirlwind fifty while the experienced pacemaker put on Dhoni’s cap.
Sri Lanka have completely lost the plot in the last four overs, especially Dushmanta Chameera, who conceded two fours in the 49th over (both hit by Bhuvneshwar Kumar) to secure an Indian victory.
And it was fitting that Chahar finished it off with a contemptuous pull on the first ball of the last game. Thanks to the victory of three wickets, India not only won the series but also scored 10 ICC ODI Super League points.
Here’s a look at the updated ICC ODI Super League points table-