India beat Sri Lanka in an epic nail biter by 3 wickets with 5 balls remaining. The hero of the match was Deepak Chahar. He had a field day with both bat and ball. First he took 2 wickets with the ball in 8 overs. After that he played a brilliant innings of 69 unbeaten in 82 balls that took India to victory.
At one stage India looked down and out at 193-7. However then Bhuvaneshwar and Chahar added 84 runs for eighth wicket to win the match and series for India. With this victory India takes an unassailable 2-0 lead in 3 match series.
For Sri Lanka, Wanidu Hasaranga was the pick of the bowlers. He took 3 wickets in 10 overs and gave only 37 runs.
Prithvi Shaw was the first wicket to go for 13 runs. He was followed by Ishan Kishan who made just 1 run. Shikhar Dhawan too was dismissed when he was LBW of De Silva. Hence India were left at 65-3.
After that Manish Pandey and Surya Kumar Yadav added 50 runs for the 4th wicket. Then the latter was run out in unfortunate way. He was run out while trying to back up too much when Surya Kumar Yadav’s straight shot deflected on to the stumps. Hardik Pandya was dismissed for a duck soon to make the score 116-5.
Surya Kumar played well for his 53 but was dismissed soon. He was caught LBW to Lakshan Sandakan for a 53.
Cool head by Chahar
After that Bhuvaneshwar and Chahar took the initiative for India’s victory. It came down to last 2 overs when India required 15 runs to win.
On the first ball of the 49th over, Bhuvaneshwar took a single. This brought Chahar on strike who smashed a four. A two and a single followed as Kumar faced the last ball of the over. Hence he decided to go aerial and got a boundary.
12 runs came of Chameera’s over and just 3 runs were required to win in last over. Hence Chahar finished off the match with a four on the first ball of Kasun Rajitha.
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DEEPAK CHAHAR HAS DONE THE IMPOSSIBLE. TAKE A BOW! India win the match & the series! 🤩
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