India snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in the 2nd ODI, thanks to the heroics of Deepak Chahar. India have won the three match ODI series with one match still to play. For the first time since 2015, India successfully chased a target of 250+ without any of their top three batters getting a 50+ score.
Winning the toss for the 2nd consecutive time, Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka again opted to bat first. Sri Lanka made one change by bringing in right-arm pacer Kasun Rajitha in place of Isuru Udana. On the other hand, India went onto the field with the same eleven.
India’s problem of picking up early wickets in the powerplay continued to haunt them as the hosts again got off to a steady start. In 2021, Indian pacers have taken only 2 wickets in the powerplay in 5 matches. Since 2019, they are the worst performing team when it comes to taking wickets in the powerplay in the 50 over format.
Despite Sri Lanka’s steady start, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal turned the game with back to back wickets in the 13th over. The veteran spinner was able to get rid of set opener Bhanuka (36) and then Rajapaksa on the very next ball.
Opener Avishka Fernando was looking dangerous from the start and made a crucial half-century. But Bhuvneshwar Kumar removed him in the 25th over before he could do any further damage. Dhananjaya de Silva also followed him soon, who was deceived by a knuckle ball from Deepak Chahar.
Captain Dasun Shanaka and Youngster Asalanka tried to stitch a partnership but Chahal got rid of the captain for 16, claiming his 3rd wicket of the match. Hasaranga was also foxed by Deepak Chahar with another knuckle ball.
But the innings was steadied by Charith Asalanka and Chamika Karunaratne who added 50 runs for the 7th wicket. Asalanka brought up his maiden half-century in ODIs. With the help of Karunaratne’s quickfire 44 of just 33 deliveries, Sri Lanka put up a fighting score of 275 on the scoreboard.
Veteran Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar finished with 3 wickets but was again expensive in the death overs. Whereas, the spin duo of Kuldeep and Krunal went wicketless.
Fun Fact: Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled a front foot no ball for the first time since October 2015. The right arm seamer delivered a no ball after 3903 balls.
Deepak Chahar’s innings of a lifetime saves India.
In reply, India lost both Prithvi Shaw (13) and Ishan Kishan (1) inside the powerplay. Both the aggressive youngsters were unable to replicate their dynamic performance from the 1st ODI.
India’s captain Shikhar Dhawan got a start but couldn’t convert it into a big score like he did in the previous ODI. Manish Pandey was batting fluently but unfortunately got run out. Hardik couldn’t even open his account.
Suryakumar Yadav was batting magnificently. He brought up his maiden fifty in ODIs but couldn’t convert it into a match winning innings. The elder Pandya was foxed by Wanindu Hasaranga for 35, who was by far Sri Lanka’s best bowler.
But Deepak Chahar played an innings of a lifetime. Deepak brought up his maiden half-century. He along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar stitched a partnership of 84 for the 9th wicket. The duo took India home in the last over.
Deepak Chahar was deservingly given the Man of the Match award for his all round efforts.
Sri Lanka 275-9 (50 overs) (C. Asalanka 65; Y. Chahal 3-50)
India 277-7 (49.1overs) (D. Chahar 69*; W. Hasaranga 3-37)
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