India in Sri Lanka, 3 ODI Series, 2021
Venue: R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Date & Time: 20 July 2021
RR: 5.63 | India beat Sri Lanka by 3 wickets
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.
Great win by the boys. From a tough situation to pull it off was an amazing effort. Great to watch. Well done DC and Surya. Tremendous knocks under pressure. 🇮🇳— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 20, 2021
Great win by the boys. From a tough situation to pull it off was an amazing effort. Great to watch. Well done DC and Surya. Tremendous knocks under pressure. 🇮🇳
3 needed now! Kasun Rajitha to bowl the final over.
This really hurts 🤦🏻♂️ Found a way to lose it #SLvInd— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) July 20, 2021
This really hurts 🤦🏻♂️ Found a way to lose it #SLvInd
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.
Here comes the spinner. Wanindu Hasaranga is into the attack.
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.
Physio comes out. The mandatory concussion test is performed and all is well with Chahar. The game resumes.
Powerplay 3 time. One extra fielder, i.e. 5 can now be put outside the 30-yard circle till the end of this inning. Lakshan Sandakan is back on as well.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the new batsman. 83 runs needed in 89 balls
Wanindu Hasaranga is back into the attack. 2/26 in his 5 overs so far.
Dhananjaya de Silva to bowl for the first time. Dasun needs someone to bowl Sandakan's remaining overs as the mystery spinner has struggled.
Lakshan Sandakan to continue... He is into his 8th over and has conceded 49 runs so far.
Dushmantha Chameera is back on. 1/43 in his 6 overs so far. His pace could come in handy against the lower order batsmen.
Who is in next? Deepak Chahar is the new batsman.
Huge shout for an lbw, up goes the finger! Was it pad before the bat, or bat before the pad? A big moment in this match. It appears to be pad first.
Fine leg comes up. Square leg drops back.
Chamika Karunaratne is back into the attack. 0/13 in his 3 overs so far.
Lakshan Sandakan is back on. Went for 17 runs in his first two overs.
Deepak Chahar is padded up, maybe he will come ahead of Bhuvneshwar Kumar if a wicket goes down now.
Krunal Pandya replaces his brother in the middle with India staring down the barrel.
Hardik Pandya arrives in the middle. 161 runs needed in 196 balls.
Run out appeal! Has the bowler got some touch on it? Manish Pandey, at the non-striker's end, has tried his best to plant his bat inside the line but seems to have failed. He stands up and is ready to walk.
Dasun Shanaka brings himself into the attack.
Change in bowling. Chamika Karunaratne to have a go with the ball.
Drinks break! It's been a great start with the ball from Sri Lanka. They did get an early scare when India smashed six boundaries in the first two overs but the hosts bounced back very well. After picking three top order wickets, Sri Lanka have the upper hand but they cannot let the advantage slip again. The last two overs went for 20 runs and this is something they have to avoid. For India, it's all about getting partnerships from here on. 191 needed off 216 balls. Kasun Rajitha has returned in the attack for his third spell. 4-0-24-1 are his figures so far.
Appeal for a run out! Has the dive saved Suryakumar Yadav?
Suryakumar Yadav is the new batsman with India in a spot of bother. 211 runs needed in 228 balls.
Time for the DRS! There is a huge shout for an lbw against Shikhar Dhawan but the umpire has turned it down. Wanindu Hasaranga is very sure and convinces his skipper to take the review. Is it too high? Nopes, hitting the wickets, confirms the Ball Tracker. Big blow to India!
Powerplay 2 time. A maximum of 4 fielders are now allowed outside the ring till the 40th over. India are one run ahead of Sri Lanka at this stage but have lost two extra wickets. Meanwhile, Bhanuka Rajapaksa seems to have done some damage to himself while doing the fielding on the last ball. He exits to get some treatment. Also, there is a bowling change - Lakshan Sandakan is into the attack. A slip in place.
Wanindu Hasaranga is back on! He got a wicket in his first over, Sri Lanka would love one more here with this batting pair settling down.
Manish Pandey is the new batsman. 237 runs needed in 270 balls.
The physio is out! Kishan seems to be in pain and is down on the ground. Some stretching exercise and he is back on his feet. Ready to resume.
Kasun Rajitha is back on with Shaw no longer in the middle.
Ishan Kishan is in next.
Meanwhile in England, KL Rahul returns with a fifty in the 3-day warm-up game in Durham.
275 is a good score … Still huffing and puffing but really good from Charith Asalanka and Chamikara Karunaratne #SLvIND Very good 👏👏— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) July 20, 2021
275 is a good score … Still huffing and puffing but really good from Charith Asalanka and Chamikara Karunaratne #SLvIND Very good 👏👏
Dushmantha Chameera to bowl from the other end. By far, he has been the best bowler for Sri Lanka in the recent past. Can he provide the early breakthrough?