Printed on: Jul 21, 2021
India recovered from 193 for 7 to chase a goal of 276 in opposition to Sri Lanka and clinch the three-match ODI sequence 2-0. Coming into bat at quantity eight, Deepak Chahar scored an excellent 69 not out off 82 balls with the help of seven fours and a six. Bhuvneshwar Kumar additionally performed a mature hand of 19 not out from 28 balls as India gained the sport by three wickets with 5 balls to spare.
Batting first, Sri Lanka posted a aggressive 275 for 9. Charith Asalanka top-scored with 65, Avishka Fernando made 50 whereas Chamika Karunaratne was unbeaten on 44 from 33. Bhuvneshwar and Yuzvendra Chahal claimed three wickets every for India. Chasing 276, India misplaced their high three for 65 earlier than Manish Pandey (37), Suryakumar Yadav (53) and Krunal Pandya (35) saved India within the hunt. Chahar’s brilliance then took India previous the end line
Talking after successful the person of the match, Chahar stated that it was a dream come true to play the form of knock he did on Tuesday. Chahar said, “Just one factor was entering into my thoughts (Once I got here out to bat) and that is the form of factor you dream while you begin taking part in cricket and when taking part in for India. No higher solution to win the match for the nation. Rahul sir instructed me to play all of the balls. I’ve performed few innings for India A and he has perception in me and at all times believes in me and that was a recreation changer.
We’ve got a implausible batting line-up and hopefully I will not get to bat within the subsequent video games. That is the primary time for me in such a state of affairs. We have been simply taking part in ball by ball and when it got here below 50 that’s after I determined to hit boundaries and after that six (42.2 – off Sandakan) it gave me the momentum,” Chahar added.
Staff India captain Shikhar Dhawan praised India’s center and lower-order for the struggle again they demonstrated within the second match. He said, “The best way Krunal fought within the center was superb. Everybody confirmed character. We knew that Chahar has labored laborious within the nets on his batting. His presence of thoughts and calculations in opposition to the leg-spinner was superb. Each Bhuvi and him calculated it rather well. I felt the way in which Sri Lanka deliberate their innings in each their batting and bowling was superb. The best way they batted and fielded was good to observe. They labored actually laborious, however glad that we’re on the successful aspect. Each recreation is a studying lesson and we hope to analyse and get higher. We need to put up an excellent present on a regular basis.”
The third ODI of the sequence will likely be performed on Friday, July 23.
–By A Cricket Correspondent