The second ODI between Sri Lanka and India was much more evenly matched as the hosts gave their formidable visitors a good run for their money.
However, despite a poor showing by India’s opening batsmen, they won the match by 3 wickets to take an unassailable, 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Quick Stats from the game
- Sri Lanka: 275-9
- India: 277-7
- Top Bowler: Wanindu Hasaranga, 3-37
- Top Batsman: Deepak Chahar, 69 off 82
Sri Lanka Maintain their Composure
Sri Lanka won the toss in the second ODI too and once again, chose to bat.
Avishka Fernando and Minod Bhanuka propelled the hosts to a solid start, with Fernando scoring a half-century. Even though India’s bowlers enjoyed breakthroughs throughout the inning, Sri Lanka fought their way to yet another big total.
What helped the cause was a superb performance by Charith Asalanka in the middle order – the 24-year-old who is playing in just his fourth one-day international for Sri Lanka. He took over the reins from Dhananjaya Silva, who got out after posting 30 off 43.
Sri Lanka Top Batsmen
- Charith Asalanka: 65 off 68; 6 4s
- Avishka Fernando: 50 off 71; 4 4s, 1 6s
India Top Bowlers
- Bhuvaneshwar Kumar: 3-54, 10 overs
- Yuzvendra Chahal: 3-50, 10 overs
Asalanka came on the pitch in the 26th over and stayed on until the 47th to see Sri Lanka through. In the final quarter of Sri Lanka’s innings, Chamika Karunaratne’s 44 off 33 also helped the Lankans post a respectable, defendable target of 276 in 50 overs for their Northern neighbours.
As for India’s bowling, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Yuzvendra Chahal were among the most successful ones, while Deepak Chahar got a couple himself.
On the whole, the bowling was not all that different from the first ODI – it’s just that the track on Tuesday seemed to be better for batting than what it was on Sunday. As a result, Indian bowlers had a slightly more expensive spell.
Chahar, Yadav to the Rescue
It was a humbling experience for India’s top-order batsmen (and quite frankly, for us too) as Wanindu Hasaranga got the early wickets of last match’s Player of the Match Prithvi Shaw and India’s top batsman and skipper Shikhar Dhawan.
With Ishan Kishan failing to click (1 off 4) and yet another average performance by Manish Pandey (37 off 31), the onus was on middle-order to keep the fight going.
India were 116-5 in 18 overs – that’s when Suryakumar Yadav stepped in and added some fight to India’s chase with his half-century. Krunal Pandya also assisted his fellow Mumbai Indians player with 35 off 54.
India Top Batsmen
- Deepak Chahar: 69 off 82, 7 4s, 1 6s
- Suryakumar Yadav: 53 off 44; 6 4s
Sri Lanka Top Bowlers
- Wanindu Hasaranga: 3-37, 10 overs
However, neither could stay on for long with Lakshan Sandakan getting Yadav’s wicket in the 27th over. That said, India’s depth in batting and bowling is enviable with plenty of talent who can swing the game around – this match was a perfect example of that.
Deepak Chahar stepped up to the occasion and stayed on until the end to get the job done. Coming at six down, he played a smart, responsible, and calm inning by hitting 69 runs.
On the other side, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar did his part by giving Chahar every opportunity to bat and more importantly, not lose the wicket.
Even then, it was an animated chase where the game could have gone either way with just one wicket. India were never in a comfortable position but they kept fighting and ensured that the asking run rate doesn’t climb too high.
Ultimately, Chahar’s heroics helped India win the ODI series 2-0 by 3 wickets with 5 balls to spare.