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2nd ODI: India beat SL by 3 wickets: Deepak Chahar 69 not out helps

2nd ODI: Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar added 84 runs for the 8th wicket as India came back from a difficult situation to beat Sri Lanka by 3 wickets. Shikhar Dhawan’s men have sealed an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the 3-match series.

Deepak Chahar’s highest ODI score helped India win a thriller on Tuesday
Deepak hit his maiden ODI fifty as India came back from behind in 276 chase
India seal unbeatable 2-0 lead in 3-match series, final ODI on Friday

Deepak Chahar emerged as India’s unlikely hero with the bat as the fast bowler hit an unbeaten 69 to help the visitors gun down a 276-run target in a thriller in the 2nd ODI of a 3-match series against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Tuesday.

Deepak and Bhuvneshwar Kumar came up with an unbeaten 84-run stand for the 8th wicket as India recovered from 193 for 7 to pull of a stunning win. India have taken an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the 3-match series and extended their winning run in Sri Lanka that dates back to 2012. This was also India’s 10th successive win over Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka in 10 ODIs.

Sri Lanka vs India, 2nd ODI Highllights

Before Tuesday, Deepak Chahar’s highest ODI score was just 12 and he had only List A fifty but the Chennai Super Kings bowler looked calm and composed even as the asking rate touched 6 with only 3 wickets in the bag. Deepak and Bhuvneshwar were in no hurry when they joined

Thanks to Suryakumar Yadav’s quickfire 53 from 44 balls, Chahar and Bhuvneshwar did not feel the scoreboard pressure. The two tail-enders never lost their composure as they attacked with caution and took India past the finish line.

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Deepak Chahar, in a dream-come-true moment, hit the winning runs with a big shot.
Earlier in the day, India got off to a poor start as they lost opener Prithvi Shaw and one-down Ishan Kishan early. Captain Shikhar Dhawan was undone by Wanidu Hasaranga who finished with figures of 3/37, carrying Sri Lanka’s hopes single-handedly with the ball.

New-ball woes continue for India

In the first innings, another late cameo from Chamika Karunaratne helped Sri Lanka push their total to a respectable 275 for 9 in 50 overs. Karunartne’s cameo had helped Sri Lanka post 262 in the first ODI on Sunday but this time the all-rounder hit 5 boundaries for his 33-ball 44 not out to punish India at the death once again.

India’s struggles to strike with the new ball was as Sri Lanka added 77 for the first wicket in just 13.2 overs. Bhuvneshwar and Deepak struggled to strike early once again as both Avishka Fernando Minod Bhanuka went after the two bowlers.

India once again got their first breakthrough in the series through Yuzvendra Chahal, who got the wicket of Bhanuka in the 14th over. Chahal struck in the very next ball, sending Bhanuka Rajapaksa for 0 with a superb variation.

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