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An unbeaten 84 runs partnership between Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar in 84 balls.
India beat Sri Lanka by 3 wickets in 2nd ODI. Chasing the target of 276 runs, India lost 7 wickets for 193 runs at one point. It looked like the team would lose. But after this Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar took the lead and shared an unbeaten 84 runs in 84 balls. India won the match by scoring 277 for 7 in 49.1 overs. Deepak made his first international fifty. He remained unbeaten on 69 off 82 balls. He had also taken two wickets earlier. Chahar was awarded the Man of the Match award for this innings.
After the match, full credit for his innings was given to coach Rahul Dravid. He said – There cannot be a better chance for the country to win matches. Rahul sir had said that I should play every ball. When Rahul sir was the coach of India A, I have played many matches and sir has seen me play. So trust me. He used to tell me that you deserve to bat at number seven, he believed in me. Hope I don’t need to bat in the coming matches. When 50 runs were needed to win, I thought we could win. After that I started taking risks. Before that my target was to play every ball.
Deepak Chahar took 2 wickets. He took the wickets of Dhananjay de Silva (32 runs) and Wanindu Hasaranga.
Dhawan praises Chahar
Dhawan said that the youth will get an opportunity to learn from this match. With Rahul Chahar batting better in the nets, we were confident that he is capable of winning the team. We were confident that we can chase 275 runs, but we did not start well. Sri Lanka brought the spinner first under the plan. Sri Lanka did better in all three areas. We got to learn from them. His fielding was very good. I am sure the youngsters must have learned from this match. I am proud of all my players, everyone showed their potential and this victory was made possible only by team effort.
India overtakes Pakistan
At the same time, India overtook Pakistan in terms of winning the most ODIs against Sri Lanka. Team India has won 93 matches out of 161 matches against Sri Lanka. At the same time, Pakistan has defeated Sri Lanka 92 times in 155 matches.
Karunaratne played an important innings for Sri Lanka
Batting first after winning the toss, Sri Lanka scored 275 for 9 in 50 overs thanks to Fifties from Avishka Fernando and Charith Aslanka. Avishka scored 50 runs and Aslanka scored 65 runs. This was the first fifty of Aslanka’s international career.
Apart from this, Chamika Karunaratne once again played an important unbeaten innings of 44 runs in 33 balls in the last. In the first ODI too, Karunaratne finally scored an unbeaten 43 off 35 balls. Yuzvendra Chahal and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were the most successful bowlers for India. He took 3-3 wickets. Apart from this, Deepak Chahar got 2 wickets.