Tail-ender Deepak Chahar introduced India again from the lifeless with a steely 69 off 82 balls and script the visiting workforce’s series-sealing victory in the second ODI towards Sri Lanka right here 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) solid an unbeaten 84-run stand to seal a memorable win for the guests who prolonged their report of not dropping an ODI on Sri Lanka soil since 2012.
A struggling Sri Lankan outfit badly wanted a morale-boosting win however has solely itself guilty for not ending the job from a commanding place.
Chahar, whose highest rating earlier than this sport was 12, confirmed outstanding resolve and composure below stress to take his workforce over the road with 5 balls to spare. He fittingly hit the profitable boundary.
It was India’s ninth consecutive bilateral series win over Sri Lanka. The third ODI will probably be performed on Friday.
It was anticipated to be one other snug chase for India after Sri Lanka put an improved batting effort to publish 275 for 9.
However, questionable shot choice from the vast majority of the Indian batsmen gave their struggling opponents hope.
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 workforce.
India felt the warmth early on in the chase with Prithvi Shaw and Ishan Kishan, who each blew away the opposition in the opener on Sunday, getting out to unhealthy pictures.
Shaw failed to choose a unsuitable one off Hasaranga and received bowled whereas going for a reduce. The opener as soon as once more confirmed chic type throughout his brief keep in the center with three pleasant boundaries earlier than throwing it away.
Kishan, along with his toes 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 greatest for the second sport in a row and was trapped in entrance by Hasaranga.
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 first rate effort with the ball. Pretty very similar to the series opener, many of the Sri Lankan batsmen received begins however didn’t capitalise after the hosts opted to bat.
Avishka Fernando (50 off 71) and Charith Asalanka (65 off 68) struck tremendous half-centuries however the residence workforce wasn’t disciplined sufficient to publish an imposing complete.
Chamika Karunaratne (44 not out off 33) got here up with one other well timed cameo to take the workforce previous 270.
Chahal (3/50) was the decide of the bowlers whereas pacers Deepak Chahar (2/53) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/54) too received wickets primarily because of the profligacy of the house workforce batsmen.
Openers Fernando (50 off 71) and Minod Bhanuka (36 off 42) took Sri Lanka to 59 for loss in the primary 10 overs.
The momentum shifted India’s method drastically after Chahal eliminated Minod and Bhanuka Rajapaksa off successive balls in the 14th over.
Sri Lanka, who’re among the many worst-performing groups in the center overs, struggled once more in the essential stage of the sport. They took 97 balls to take discover their subsequent boundary after the eight over.
From 77 for no loss in the 14th over, Sri Lanka slipped to 134 for 4 in 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 knuckleball that crashed by Wanindu Hasaranga’s defences.
Asalanka performed some daring strokes alongside Karunaratne to offer the innings some impetus in direction of the top.
Asalanka received to his maiden fifty with a lofted boundary over additional cowl off Kuldeep Yadav earlier than sweeping the left-arm wrist spinner for an additional 4 in the identical over. Bhuvneshar saved issues tight however bowled at a slower tempo than his standard.