IND vs SL: Deepak Chahar reverses the losing match, defeats Sri Lanka by hitting an unbeaten fifty, India won the series
Due to the first half-century of Deepak Chahar's international career and his unbroken half-century partnership with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, India defeated Sri Lanka by three wickets in the second ODI. Chasing Sri Lanka's target of 276, India made seven in 49.1 overs with an unbroken 84-run eighth wicket partnership between Chahar (69 not out in 82 balls, seven fours and a six) and Bhuvneshwar (19 not out off 28 balls). Won by scoring 277 runs on the wicket. The two formed this partnership at a time when India were in trouble after losing seven wickets for 193 runs. Suryakumar Yadav (53) also scored a half-century for India while Manish Pandey (37) and Krunal Pandya (35) played useful innings. Sri Lanka posted a challenging score of 275 for nine with half-centuries from Charith Asalanka (65 off 68 balls, five fours) and opener Avishka Fernando (50 off 71 balls). Lower down the order, Chamika Karunaratne (44 not out off 33 balls, five fours) played a flamboyant innings as the team managed to add 79 runs in the last 10 overs. Karunaratne also shared a 50-run partnership for the seventh wicket with Asalanka.
Chasing the target, India had a poor start and the team lost the wickets of openers Prithvi Shaw (13) and Ishan Kishan (1) for 39 runs. Prithvi was bowled by a straight delivery from leg-spinner Hasaranga (3 for 37) while Ishan played the delivery of fast bowler Kasun Rajita on the wickets. Captain Shikhar Dhawan (29) was also leg before by missing a straight delivery from Hasaranga. Suryakumar and Pandey then took the innings forward. Both the batsmen seemed to be in good form. Both completed India's century of runs in the 16th over. Pandey, however, was unfortunately run out after that. Suryakumar hit a straight shot and the ball hit the wickets after being hit by bowler Dasun Shanaka's hand. Pandey was out of the crease at this time.
67 runs were needed in the last 10 overs
In the same over of Shanaka, Hardik Pandya (0) gave a catch to Dhananjay de Silva, which made India's score 116 for five in the 18th over. India's 150 runs were completed in the 27th over. Suryakumar, playing his second match in the same over, completed his first half-century in 42 balls by hitting a four on Lakshan Sandakan, but got legged off the last ball. He hit six fours in 44 balls. After this, Krunal got Chahar's support. Both hit fours on Sandakan but Hasaranga bowled Krunal and gave a shock to India. Krunal hit three fours in 54 balls. Chahar and Bhuvneshwar were now at the crease. India needed 67 runs in the last 10 overs. Chahar, after hitting a four on Sandakan and then a six, maintained the run-rate by hitting Rajita for two consecutive fours. Chahar, playing the fifth ODI, completed his half-century in 64 balls with a run off Chamira.
India needed 31 runs in the last five overs. Only two runs were scored in Hasaranga's over but Bhuvneshwar and Chahar scored 13 runs while hitting fours on Chamira. Only one run was scored in Hasaranga's 48th over. India needed 15 runs in the last two overs. Chahar made India's upper hand heavy with two fours on Chamira. India needed three runs in the last over and Chahar gave the team victory by hitting a four off Rajita's first ball.
Sri Lanka gave a challenging target
Earlier, Sri Lanka scored a challenging score of 275 for nine with half-centuries from Charith Asalanka and opener Avishka Fernando. Asalanka made a career-best 65 off 68 balls with the help of six fours, while Fernando made 50 off 71 balls. Lower down the order, Chamika Karunaratne (44 not out off 33 balls, five fours) played a flamboyant innings as the team managed to add 79 runs in the last 10 overs. Karunaratne also shared a 50-run partnership for the seventh wicket with Asalanka. For India, leg-spinner Chahal scored 50 runs while Bhuvneshwar Kumar took three wickets for 54 runs. Deepak Chahar took two wickets for 53 runs.
Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka won the toss and elected to bat first. Fernando and Minod Bhanuka (36) once again gave the team a good start by adding 77 runs for the first wicket. Both Minod and Fernando got life in Chahar's over. In the second over of the innings, Manish Pandey dropped the catch of Minod in the slip off Chahar, while in the next over of this fast bowler, Bhuvneshwar came inside the boundary and the ball went over him for six runs. The Indian bowlers then curbed the Sri Lankan batsmen and there were no boundaries in the next five overs. The team got the advantage in the 14th over in the form of the wicket of Minod, who was caught by Pandey off Chahal's ball.
Chahal took two wickets in two balls.
Chahal also got Bhanuka Rajapakse (0) caught by wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan on the next ball. Fernando and the experienced Dhananjay de Silva (32) then took the score beyond 100 runs in the 21st over. Fernando hit the first boundary after eight overs with a four on Krunal Pandya in the 24th over. In the next over, Fernando completed his half-century in 70 balls with a run off Bhuvneshwar, but after that, after waving the ball in the air, it was caught by Krunal at mid-on. He faced 71 balls and hit four fours and a six. D'Silva then played Chahar's ball in the air and handed a simple catch to Indian captain Shikhar Dhawan at mid-off.
Chahal, returning to the bowling, bowled Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka (16) to make the hosts 172 for five wickets. Charith Asalanka played some attractive shots in the meantime. He hit fours on the spin trio of Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Krunal. Chahar gave Sri Lanka the sixth blow by bowling Wanindu Hasaranga (08). Sri Lanka's 200 runs were completed in the 41st over. Asalanka completed the first half-century in 56 balls in his fourth match with a four on Kuldeep. Bhuvneshwar gave a big blow to Sri Lanka by getting Aslanka caught by substitute player Devdutt Padikkal. Karunaratne hit two fours each in the last two overs of Chahar and Bhuvneshwar to take the team's score past 270 runs.