In the Ind VS SL 2nd ODI, Chahar and Bhuvi pulled India out of the jaws of defeat to seal the 3 ODI series at 2-0. Chasing 276, the Indian side were wounded deeply, having lost 7 wickets at just 193. However, the Indian tail resisted the Sri Lankan bowling assault and, in the end, helped India emerge victorious. This was India’s 10th consecutive ODI wins in Sri Lanka against Sri Lanka and 9th consecutive bilateral series victory against Sri Lanka.
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 20, 2021
While the experienced Indian side was toughing it out against the County Select XI in England, the relatively new Indian line-up found itself pushed in the edge in the 2nd ODI against Sri Lanka.
Bhanuka – Fernado Start off in Style
Earlier in the game, again the tradition of batting first after winning the toss continued. Sri Lanka won the toss and soon, openers Avishka Fernando and Minod Bhanuka played cautiously and showed their intent of asserting pressure on Indian pacers by scoring boundaries in every over. The opening duo survived the bowling powerplay and stayed agile till the 13th over.
Chahal – Chahar – Bhuvi Take Regular Wickets
However, once again their partnership was broken by experienced spinner Yuzvendra Chahal who somehow got wicket on a weak full toss. Before Fernado can accelerate the pace, Bhanuka Rajapaksa was sent back at 0 of 1.
But Fernado and de Silva stuck it out for a while, playing cautiously and the former reaching his half-century. He however threw his wicket away the next ball of reaching his fifty and practically gifted Krunal Pandya a simple catch.
De Silva tried to wither the pace attack and was playing on 32 of 45 but tried to open his arms to get a move on and gave his wicket away. Sri Lankan side was once again on the brink of posing an underwhelming total after getting a good start. Soon, Shanka and Hasaranga too got out and Sri Lanka were reeling at 194/6.
Asalanka – Karunaratne Bring Late Fireworks
Meanwhile, Asalanka and Karunaratne became the strong spine of the lower order and batted till the bitter end. They both stitched a partnership of 50 runs for the 7th wicket. While Asalanka got out at a well-played 65 off 58, Chamika made 44 off 33.
Somehow, Sri Lanka managed to pose a total of 275 runs for 9 wickets.
Indian Chase Begins
Chasing 276, India was expected to finish the game with several overs and wickets to spare like last game. The intent was shown by Shaw, who continued with the same fashion as the last game and hit multiple boundaries in the first over.
Shaw, Kishan Fail to Impress
Interestingly enough, Sri Lanka tried to spice things up and introduced a leg-spinner in the third over itself. The gamble paid off and Hasaranga got the wicket of Shaw who got out at 13 off 11. Star of the last game Ishan Kishan couldn’t repeat the history and was bowled out at 1 off 4. Skipper Shikhar Dhawan and Manish Pandey tried to stitch a partnership but Hasaranga spoiled the plan again and scalped the wicket of Indian skipper.
Yadav – Pandya Partner Up Before Turn of Tides
With India at 65/3, Sri Lanka found itself smelling the fragrance of a comeback victory. The Sri Lankan bowlers found a surmountable wall in the form of Suryakumar Yadav and Krunal Pandya. Yadav and Pandya had a 50-run-stand which was broken before either of them could do much damage. Hardik Pandya, who came in the middle didn’t bother the score card and was out at 0.
India on the Edge of Collapse
From 65/3, India was suddenly looking at a collapse at 116/5 in 18 overs. Suryakumar Yadav tried to pace himself and got to his fifty before being pinned by Sandakan at 53 off 44. All hopes were on Krunal’s shoulders, but he couldn’t handle the heat and was bowled out at 35 off 54 with India at 193/7.
Chahar – Bhuvi Turn the Game Around
It looked as if all was lost – but Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar had different ideas. Both of them showed immense temperament and patience. They defended well, and attacked when needed to. A sweat drenched Deepak Chahar posed his maiden half-century and electrified the stadium for the nail-biting finish that was on the cards.
Maiden international fifty for @deepak_chahar9! 👏 👏
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 20, 2021
Coach Dravid’s Word Works, India Steals Victory Away
With just 5 overs to go, head coach Rahul Dravid was seen coming out of the dressing room and having a word with his batsmen. Whatever he said did its job as Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar asserted pressure over the tense bowling side and eventually got to the victory with 5 balls to spare.