India have made a total of 132 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 20 overs in the second game vs Sri Lanka. The pitch seems to be dry, two paced and the odd ball is sticking on the wicket. Hence chasing is not going to be easy on this pitch. The Sri Lankan captain won the toss and elected to bowl first.
Rituraj Gaikwad and Shikhar Dhawan opened the innings for India. The duo started comfortable and added 49 runs in 7 overs. Gaikwad played some catchy shots but was dismissed while trying to play a pull shot. He made 21 runs in 18 balls and was sent back to the pavilion by the Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka. The bowler bowled a short ball as Gaikwad attempted to pull. However he was beaten by the pace and could only give a simple catch to the wicket keeper.
Dedvdutt Padikkal played two gorgeous shots for a four and a six. However he was dismissed while playing another big stroke. The south paw made 29 runs in 23 balls. Also the Indian captain Shikhar Dhawan played the role of fulcrum of the batting as he made a 42 ball 40. He looked fluent but had to restrain himself due to India having just 5 batsmen.
Can India seal the series?
The other two batsmen Nitish Rana and Sanju Samson too could not do much as both were dismissed for single digit scores. Furthermore Bhuvaneshwar Kumar made an unbeaten 13 in 11 balls to drag India towards 132.
Amidst all this an interesting thing happened in the 19th over. Wanidu Hasaranga was bowling the 19th over and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar was batting. On the second ball of the over, the batsman played a straight shot that went towards long on. Hence the fielder present there dived and stopped the ball while throwing it back to bowler.
As soon as Hasaranga got hold of the ball, he threw it back towards the stumps without even looking at it in typical Dhoni style as the batsman scampered back for two runs. It was a brilliant attempt by Hasaranga.
Watch the video here :
Watch Wanindu Hasaranga attempt an MS Dhoni 😮
— Sony Sports (@SonySportsIndia) July 28, 2021