India in Sri Lanka, 3 ODI Series, 2021

Sri Lanka vs India - 2nd ODI

Venue: R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

Date & Time: 20 July 2021

India 277/7

RR: 5.63 | India beat Sri Lanka by 3 wickets


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Prithvi Shaw bowled Wanindu Hasarangabowled Wanindu Hasaranga131130
Shikhar Dhawan lbw Wanindu Hasarangalbw Wanindu Hasaranga293860
Ishan Kishan bowled Kasun Rajithabowled Kasun Rajitha1400
Manish Pandey run out (Dasun Shanaka)run out (Dasun Shanaka)373130
Suryakumar Yadav lbw Lakshan Sandakanlbw Lakshan Sandakan534460
Hardik Pandya c Dhananjaya de Silva & b Dasun Shanaka (C)c Dhananjaya de Silva & b Dasun Shanaka (C)0300
Krunal Pandya bowled Wanindu Hasarangabowled Wanindu Hasaranga355430
Deepak Chahar not out not out 698271
Bhuvneshwar Kumar not out not out 192820
Kuldeep Yadav
Yuzvendra Chahal
Extras 21 (b 1, lb 4, w 16, nb 0)
Total 277 (7 Wkts, 49.1 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
28-1 (Prithvi Shaw,3), 39-2 (Ishan Kishan,5), 65-3 (Shikhar Dhawan,12), 115-4 (Manish Pandey,17.2), 116-5 (Hardik Pandya,18), 160-6 (Suryakumar Yadav,27), 193-7 (Krunal Pandya,35.1),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Kasun Rajitha7.1 0 53 1 7.46
Dushmantha Chameera10 0 65 0 6.50
Wanindu Hasaranga10 0 37 3 3.70
Lakshan Sandakan10 0 71 1 7.10
Chamika Karunaratne6 1 26 0 4.33
Dasun Shanaka3 0 10 1 3.33
Dhananjaya de Silva3 0 10 0 3.33

That concludes the proceedings for this heart-pumping game! India adopted the English approach to chase down the target. They always kept the required rate under control and that played a big role in their victory. With the series gone, Sri Lanka's only aim will be to win the last match and get 10 points for the ICC Men's CWC Super League. Can they cross the line in the third ODI? Do join us on Friday, 23rd July to find out. The first ball will be at 3 pm local (9.30 am GMT) but you can join us in advance for the build-up. Until then, it's goodbye and cheers!

Shikhar Dhawan, the Indian captain, says the wicket felt a lot better than the last one and he thinks that the bowlers did well to restrict Sri Lanka to a gettable total. Admits that they did not start well with the ball and it is a good learning curve for the youngsters that every day is different. States Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav played well and called Krunal's fight with the bat amazing. Praises Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar and tells that they were brilliant to watch and the way Chahar finished the game was excellent. Mentions the odds were against them but Chahar has been working hard with the bat and it was good he could implement it in the game. Further says that they showed a lot of calmness and were brilliant. Ends by saying the way Lanka planned their innings was really good and their strategy with the ball was also brilliant along with their fielding. States that Sri Lanka worked hard but Dhawan is glad that India won the game.

Dasun Shanaka, the Sri Lankan skipper, says that he is proud of his boys for the way they played and calls it a tough game. Credits the Indian players especially Deepak Chahar, who took the game away from them. Mentions they did not do well in the middle period with the bat and he hopes they can reflect on this in the next game. Regarding his bowling, Shanaka replies that he did not bowl for a long time as there were plenty of options but tried his luck in this match and it worked. 

THE MAN OF THE MATCH IS DEEPAK CHAHAR! Says there were a few dropped catches early on and it was also very hot. Mentions that they did nicely to make a comeback and stop them to 275 which was a decent score. States he had just one thing on his mind that he can play a dream innings here for his country and there is no better way to win the game for your side and it was important to stay there till the end. Adds Rahul Dravid has seen him bat and he believes in him and probably that's why he came ahead of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Also says they have a good batting line-up and he hopes he is not needed in the next games. Informs this is the first time he has won the game with the bat. Ends by saying, when the runs needed came under 50, he took risks and started hitting shots but before that, he was only looking to knock it around. Feels the six that he hit gave him the momentum.

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Earlier in the game, Sri Lanka chose to bat first and started brightly. However, once again they lost the plot in the middle overs and some late flourish from Chamika Karunaratne handed them a fighting total. They almost had the match in the bag but Deepak Chahar's knock spoiled their party. With this win, India also keep their winning streak in ODIs in Sri Lanka intact.

With 83 runs needed in 89 balls and three wickets in hand, it was Sri Lanka's game to lose and they ended up losing. Chahar batted with sensibility and smartness to stitch a partnership with Bhuvneshwar Kumar who also was level-headed in his approach. They played clever cricket to knock the ball around a bit and when the equation came down below 50, Deepak started to play his shots. There were a few lucky boundaries to aid them but that's part and parcel of the game. Sri Lanka will be crestfallen at the moment, they fought very hard and this defeat will be tough to swallow. Still, their energy in the field was incredible and the bowling effort of Wanindu Hasaranga was brilliant.

The presence of Suryakumar Yadav meant that Sri Lanka were not able to exert much pressure and his partnership with Krunal Pandya steadied the chase. The good thing for India was that the required run rate never reached an alarming level. Once Surya was trapped in front by Lakshan Sandakan, Sri Lanka did have an opening but once again the Indian lower order showed fight. Krunal formed a partnership with Deepak Chahar and once the former was dismissed, Chahar took charge.

This match saw plenty of ups and downs as it swung like a pendulum. The Lankan bowlers bowled a buffet of lines and lengths upfront and were all over the place. The chase started with a flurry of boundaries with both Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan bagging three apiece in the first two overs. After that period, Sri Lanka struck back through Wanindu Hasaranga and there was a phase where India lost three wickets. Suryakumar Yadav's arrival to the crease, however, never allowed the pressure to build on the visiting team. He stroked a delightful half-century and along with Manish Pandey propelled the chase. Just when it started to appear that India will coast to victory, Manish Pandey got run out in an unfortunate manner at the bowler's end and Hardik Pandya too was dismissed in the same over. 

Deepak Chahar has done it for India! What a thrilling victory for them, it went right down to the wire and the tourists showed better nerves to end on the positive side of the result. Suryakumar Yadav is running on the ground in his slippers, he is ecstatic. The Indian players are now also coming out to shake hands with the opposition players. This is now the 9th consecutive ODI bilateral series win for India against Sri Lanka. Thorough dominance.

Kasun Rajitha to Deepak Chahar, FOUR! Chahar finishes it in style! A fitting end to this game. A slower short ball on middle, it sits up to be hit and Chahar was ready for it. He smacks it over the mid-wicket fielder for a boundary. INDIA WIN BY 3 WICKETS!

3 needed now! Kasun Rajitha to bowl the final over.

Dushmantha Chameera to Bhuvneshwar Kumar, FOUR! Kumar gets it away for a boundary and that is probably the stroke that wins India not only the game but the series too. Again, not a good ball with point and third man in the ring. Full and outside off, Kumar carves it over the point fielder for a boundary. 12 from the over and India are on the cusp of victory.
Dushmantha Chameera to Deepak Chahar, Another one! 7 needed in 7! Short and outside off, this is slapped again but to long off for one. An important ball coming up, can Chameera get a wicket or bowl a dot?
Dushmantha Chameera to Deepak Chahar, Two and Mickey Arthur does not like that work in the field! A short ball, it is slapped through covers. The fielder in the deep does not stop it cleanly as he overruns a bit. He then releases a loopy throw to the keeper and the batsmen get two.
Dushmantha Chameera to Deepak Chahar, A dot! Chameera might have felt there goes another boundary in that third man region. Good work from the keeper! This is a slower one on off, Chahar looks to play it with an open face of the bat. It goes off the outside edge to the right of Minod who dives and stops it. 10 needed in 9 balls.
Dushmantha Chameera to Deepak Chahar, FOUR! Another edgy boundary! Not sure why the third man is up with so many runs going down that region! It is short and outside off, Chahar slashes at it and it goes off the outside edge past the short third man fielder for a boundary.
Dushmantha Chameera to Bhuvneshwar Kumar, A single to begin the 49th! Full and on middle, Kumar helps it in the gap at mid-wicket for a single.
Wanindu Hasaranga to Deepak Chahar, End of Hasaranga! He though keeps his team in it with a one-run over. 15 needed in 12. On middle, it is defended. What a spell from Hasaranga. 10-0-37-3 for him.
Wanindu Hasaranga to Deepak Chahar, Good sensible batting! On middle, Chahar hangs back and works it to mid-wicket.
Wanindu Hasaranga to Deepak Chahar, Make that another dot! On middle, Chahar is happy to play Hasaranga out. Blocks it to mid-wicket.
Wanindu Hasaranga to Deepak Chahar, Yet another dot! Flighted on off, this is pushed to covers for one more.
Wanindu Hasaranga to Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Singles will do it for India! On off, this is pushed down to long off for one.
Wanindu Hasaranga to Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Dot to begin! Sri Lanka need a lot more! On off, this is pushed back to the bowler.
Dushmantha Chameera to Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Width on offer outside off, Kumar reaches out and slashes it to deep cover for a run. 13 from the over, 16 needed off 18 balls.
Dushmantha Chameera to Deepak Chahar, Play and a miss! Slower delivery, shortish and outside off, Chahar pushes at it and misses. The ball bounces in front of the keeper and strikes him in the unprotected area behind the flap of his pads. The batsmen cross for a bye.

Deepak Chahar is cramping up! He has removed his pads and is down on the ground. The physio has arrived. Also, it's an opportunity for Rahul Chahar to pass on the message from the coach if he has not already. Some stretching is given to Deepak Chahar. 18 needed off 20 balls. Sri Lanka won't mind this break. It has given them the chance to regroup. Deepak is back on his feet. We are set to resume now.

Dushmantha Chameera to Deepak Chahar, This is lazy from Sri Lanka, shoulders are dropping. On a length and outside off, Chahar plays it softly behind square on the off side and returns for the second run as the fielder takes his time to release the ball.
Dushmantha Chameera to Deepak Chahar, FOUR! Handy runs for India! A short delivery, around leg, Chahar tries to pull but it takes his gloves and speeds away to the fine leg fence. This match is slipping away from Sri Lanka. 20 needed off 21 balls.
Dushmantha Chameera to Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Well played! Slower delivery, short and on middle, Kumar stays back and calmly guides his pull down to fine leg for a run.
Dushmantha Chameera to Bhuvneshwar Kumar, EDGED AND FOUR! That possibly brushed the fingertips of the keeper! What a start to the over. This is on a length and outside off, Kumar opens the face of the bat, he looks to play it down to third man but it goes off the outside edge and finds the third man fence.
Wanindu Hasaranga to Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Too full in length on middle, Kumar eases it down to long on for a run. 2 from the over, 29 needed off 24 balls.
Wanindu Hasaranga to Bhuvneshwar Kumar, The batsman has just watchfully blocked this out.
Wanindu Hasaranga to Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Skidding down the leg side, Kumar tries to work it away but misses.
Wanindu Hasaranga to Deepak Chahar, In the air... safe! Tossed up ball around off, Chahar decides to take the aerial route but doesn't get the connection right. It drops safely before the long on fielder for a run.
Wanindu Hasaranga to Deepak Chahar, Leading edge but safe! A leg spinner on off, Chahar tries to flick but it takes the leading edge and goes to point.

Here comes the spinner. Wanindu Hasaranga is into the attack.

Wanindu Hasaranga to Deepak Chahar, Fullish and on middle, helped to mid-wicket.
Dushmantha Chameera to Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Chameera bangs in a short ball around off, Kumar lets it be and Minod does well to jump and collect the ball. No signal from the square leg umpire and the over is completed. 31 needed off the last 5 overs. This game is on a knife-edge.
Dushmantha Chameera to Deepak Chahar, Slower length ball close to off, Chahar pushes it with an angled bat to point and takes a single.
Dushmantha Chameera to Deepak Chahar, Wide! Short delivery down the leg side, Chahar allows it through to the keeper. The 50-run stand is up, India are marching along now. 32 needed off 32 balls.
Dushmantha Chameera to Deepak Chahar, Well bowled! A slower delivery, full and outside off, cutting away, Chahar tries for a booming drive but misses.
Dushmantha Chameera to Deepak Chahar, A bumper to follow the batsman down the leg side, Chahar ducks.
Dushmantha Chameera to Bhuvneshwar Kumar, On a length and around off, nipping in, Kumar defends it off the inner half to mid-wicket and takes a single.
Dushmantha Chameera to Deepak Chahar, FIFTY FOR CHAHAR! Taps a shortish length ball to point and takes a run. A very good knock so far from him, can he take India home?

Rahul Dravid, the coach of India, has come down to the dugout and is having a word with Rahul Chahar. Maybe, some message is passed on. Meanwhile, Dushmantha Chameera is back into the attack.

Kasun Rajitha to Deepak Chahar, A low full toss on off, it's knocked down to long on. A single to retain strike, Deepak is on 49! 12 from the over, 35 needed off 36 balls.
Kasun Rajitha to Deepak Chahar, Pitches it up and around off, Chahar drives it back to the bowler.
Kasun Rajitha to Deepak Chahar, Slower one, on a length around off, DC picks it up and defends it back. He is angry with himself to not get at least a run off this delivery.
Kasun Rajitha to Deepak Chahar, FOUR! 36 needed off 39 balls now. The pressure is getting transferred back on Sri Lanka. An overpitched delivery outside off, Chahar slices it over backward point for a boundary.