Deepak Chahar’s wonderful knock of unbeaten 69 helped India to win the second ODI against Sri Lanka. Deepak chahar with the help of Bhuvneshwar Kumar at the other end chased down the target with a record partnership of unbroken 84 runs. .
India were struggling at 193 for 7 when Bhuvneshwar joined chahar , when 83 more runs runs were needed for India to win. Both produced an incredible Chase .Bhuvneshwar was also beaten on 19 off 28.
Sri Lanka again won the toss in the second ODI , and made a descent score of 275 , thanks to Karunaratne who contributed some important runs at the death overs, after a poor show of middle order. The total of 275 was not a match winning total, but a fighting total. and something to bowled to.
India again started very nicely, Prithvi Shaw started the innings with 3 consecutive fours in 1st overs. and made 14 runs in 1st over. Shikhar Dhawan was also looking comfortable in starting. but at 6th ball of 3rd over, leg spinner Hasaranga bowled Prithvi Shaw with the ball coming little bit in to the batsman.it was really a master stroke from Sri Lankan captain Shanaka to introduce spin so early because they knew if Prithvi Shaw had stayed 5-6 overs more , he would have drag Sri Lanka out of the context.
But it was not only one dent that India faced during the chase, soon after Prithvi Shaw was dismissed, Ishan Kishan soon followed him with just 1 off 4.Then the chase become little bit tricky for India . Captain Shikhar Dhawan was joined by Manish Pandey who was also wanting to score some runs after a poor show in 1st ODI,but at the score of 65, Indian captain Shikhar Dhawan was also dismissed by Hasaranga. than it became a tough challenge for Manish Pandey and Suryakumar Yadav to get India chased down the target they both were batting really good but than came an unfortunate run out of Manish Pandey. Surya’s straight drive was so straight that it hit the stumps at the bowlers end and Shanaka managed to touch the ball in the process.
Hardik Pandya was straightaway dismissed for 0 off 3 . Making condition more worse for India. Soon after scoring his maiden fifty , Suryakumar was dismissed by spinner Sandakan. Krunal Pandya showed some resistance but was gone with a beauty of Hasaranga. After that it became almost impossible for India to win from that situation.Then came India’s hero of the match . Deepak chahar along with Bhuvneshwar managed to make a match winning partnership of 84 runs.
The innings of chahar was a combination of patience and maturity. he knew that the asking rate was not much . if India managed to rotate strike , they would achieve the target. he took some calculated risk with some outstanding running between the wickets soon after he scored his maiden fifty, and hopes of Indian dugout and fans was again came again.
it was a masterstroke from Rahul Dravid to send chahar ahead of Bhuvneshwar because he knew about the capabilities of chahar. Chahar also contributed with ball taking 2 for 52 in 8 overs. It was an all round performance from chahar to contribute in India’s win. After the second ODI , the third match is on Friday.