Deepak Chahar played an excellent knock under pressure as India pulled off an extraordinary chase against Sri Lanka in the 2nd ODI on Tuesday.
Batting first, Sri Lanka provided a better show this time. Avishka Fernando’s fifty gave the team the necessary push at the start and Asalanka carried from thereon. He smashed 65 runs and with the help of a cameo from Karunaratne in the end, Sri Lanka reached 275. Karunaratne had 44* once again.
For India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Yuzvendra Chahal had three wickets each while Chahar had two.
Chasing a challenging total, Indian openers couldn’t put up a show this time and the team’s top order failed, thanks to some good bowling and poor shot selection. Suryakumar Yadav and Manish Pandey steadied the innings a bit but that wasn’t enough. Yadav played well for his fifty but he didn’t have much support from the other end.
Krunal Pandya then joined hands with Deepak Chahar to keep the scoreboard ticking but the former got out for 35 runs, leaving India under the water.
Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar kept dragging the team and from 193 for 7, the team got closer to the total. As India were getting closer to yet another series win, Chahar celebrated his first ODI fifty. He didn’t stop there and carried the team home as India won by three wickets.
For Sri Lanka, Hasaranga was the pick of the bowlers, he had three wickets while giving away just 37 runs.