India beat Sri Lanka in 2nd ODI

India beat Sri Lanka in 2nd ODI”

India now lead the five match series 2-0.

This was the Tri-nations series held between West Indies, Sri Lanka and India in the Caribbean. While everyone else around him kept falling like nine-pins, the calm Dhoni bided his time only to unleash his best at the last. But a 91-run partnership between Chamara Kapugedera and Milinda Siriwardana took them past 200.

Whether Kohli shuffles himself down the order for a second successive time, or chooses to play it safe and keep the tinkering for the remainder of the batting order, is something that remains to be seen.

Thanks to Siriwardana and Kapugedara, Sri Lanka managed to finish on 236/8 off their 50 overs.

Jasprit Bumrah accounted for both on his way to figures of 4 for 43 which made him the pick of the India bowlers. This was 20 runs more than what they got in the first ODI of the series at Dambulla, but the performance was equally poor.

With India in complete control, Sri Lanka struck back with two wickets in quick succession.

After a great start, Kohli sent in K.L. Rahul and Kedar Jadhav ahead at number three and four respectively.

The incident took place in the 35th over when Dhoni was still batting on 29. The duo rescued India from a precarious 131/7. The Lankans were looking at an unlikely win, but Dhoni did not flinch and guided No. 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar to script another victory for the Men in Blue with an unbeaten 100-run stand for the eighth wicket. But after adding four more runs, the Mumbai batsman was adjudged leg before wicket off Dananjaya. "Unusual game but good that we came through", a relieved Kohli said at the post-match press conference. We didn't capitalise again. Earlier, India had white washed them 3-Nil in the Test series. We knew if we played them out we would chase easily.

Meanwhile, Sridhar believes that his side's ground fielding has significantly improved in limited-overs matches as compared to the Tests.

Still, he showed admirable application and maturity to overcome some nervy moments and brilliant bowling from Sri Lanka to eventually become the senior partner and do the bulk of the scoring in a match winning partnership.

MS Dhoni was at his vintage best in the previous match, coming from behind to put an unbeaten 100-run partnership with Bhuvneshwar Kumar to seal a sensational victory. We don't have any regrets. The Indians were home and dry with 23 balls to spare as Dhoni went on the rampage. "Generally, I am an offspinner, but the wicket-taking balls are the legbreak and googly". The target we had to defend wasn't too much either. His stock ball is the offbreak, but when he feels the situation suits it, he can deliver the ball out of the back of his hand, to make it turn away from the right-handed batsman.

Incidentally, it was Ajanta Mendis who played one of the witnesses in Dananjaya's marriage, a day before his heroics against India.

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