A stunning and mature batting from Deepak Chahar helped India to win the second ODI against Sri Lanka last night. The 84 runs partnership between Deepak and Bhuvneshwar made the difference. India have won the match by 3 wickets with 5 balls remaining.
The players, fans, and pundits are overwhelmed to see a mature batting performance from Deepak Chahar’s bat. Some are also talking about the role of MS Dhoni to create this kind of mentality among players. Deepak Chahar is a regular bowler in CSK and has seen a lot with Dhoni.
Sri Lanka vs India-Match Facts: Deepak Chahar show
Like the first match, Sri Lanka again won the toss and elected to bat first. This time the home team got a good start. Avishka scored 50 runs and wicket-keeper batsman Bhanuka scored 36 runs.
Asalanka has batted well and scored 65 runs in 68 balls. He got dismissed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The skipper Shanka scored only 16 runs. But Karunaratne played a brilliant knock of 44* in just 33 balls. Bhuvneshwar and Chahal got 3 wickets each. Deepak also got 2 wickets for India.
Prithvi Shaw departs early while India was batting. Hero of the first match, Ishan Kishan has scored only 1 run in the second ODI. Manish Pandey had improved his strike rate and scored 37 runs in 31 balls.
Hardik Pandya was silent with the bat but Surya Kumar Yadav is in a good form right now. he scored 53 runs. Krunal Pandya also scored 35 runs. Deepak Chahar and Bhuvi built a winning partnership. Deepak scored 69* runs and became the man of the match.
What the players say about the match
“I felt that the wicket today was much better and we restricted them to a good score. The spinners fought back and the bowlers adjusted their line and lengths when their batsmen were in. We didn’t start well and it is a good learning lesson for the youngsters that every day is not the same. We knew that Chahar has worked hard in the nets on his batting. His presence of mind and calculations against the leg-spinner was amazing. Both Bhuvi and him calculated it really well,” Dhawan said.
“I am really proud with the ways the boys played today. It was a really tough game. Credit to the Indians and especially Deepak, who took the game away from us. We started well again but lost several wickets in the middle overs. We shouldn’t give them easy wickets and we need to bat better till the batting powerplay,” Shanka said at post-match talk.