India nicks 2nd ODI thriller after Dhananjaya's blitz

 . Last updated on August 30, 2017, 2:56 PM
India nicks 2nd ODI thriller after Dhananjaya's blitz
Akila Dhananjaya was awarded Player of the Match for his impressive bowling in the match.

India fought off the day in Pallekele after Akila Dhananjaya came with his spell of 6 wickets for 54 runs. Thanks to the impressive partnership of MS Dhoni and eighth wicket Bhuvneshwar Kumar that finally dragged India's score to the victory mark. India players rattled down the line almost like the previous inning they did to Sri Lanka's line up. In the first inning, the host was sent in to bat. India bowlers took the advantage of bowling pitch to slog the top order. It was the middle order pair, Milinda Siriwardana and Chamara Kapugedera that salvaged Sri Lanka's inning. The former hammered a half century, while the latter scored 40. Sri Lanka tallied 236 to challenge India.

Following the victory in the first ODI, India came up with good confidence. Rohit Sharma, the vice-captain, who could not deliver in the first fixture grabbed it all in the second. He hammered a 45 ball 50, beating 5 fours and 3 sixes, the highest in the match. His opening partnership with Shikhar Dhawan bolstered India's chase to 109 in 15 overs. Sharma returned being trapped by an ingenious attack from Dhananjaya. It was the first wicket for Sri Lanka after the opening blitz of India's striker. But little did the visitors knew about the hoodoo awaiting ahead.

Sriwardana removed Shikhar Dhawan in the over following Sharma. India was 113 for 2 wickets in the moment. It was the 15th over when the derailment began, but the actual collapse came up in the eighteenth over. Dhananjaya raptured the chase with his mischievous hattrick that took down Lokesh Rahul, Kedar Jadhav and Virat Kohli in a single over. Suddenly, India's chase hit a massive roadblock to victory, slogged at 119 for 5. Sri Lanka saw the new hope of victory through Dhananjaya's wrong-uns.

On strike was MS Dhoni, the well-known finisher, struggling to revive the inning with the lower order. He was careful in trickling down runs steering the chase, just awaiting his brute moments. Meanwhile, the fierce bowler, who was married just the previous day, did not show any signs to back off. He toppled Hardik Pandya after two overs, in the 20th. His attack again found a victim after another over. Trapping Axar Patel, he proved that Sri Lanka has the potency to India's persistence. India was left stranded at 131 for 7. At this point, the win became something that was too much to expect from the team.

However, it was team India. A squad that literally remained unbeaten throughout the previous 12 months. The team always found one or other player, with the prowess to change any situation into its favor. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, not known as a strong allrounder, found an excellent form with the bat. Coming at no. eight, he paired with MS Dhoni, the lion waiting for his prowl since some overs. The players forged a partnership of 100 runs. But, Dhoni did never actually prowl. He played as the graded gentlemen who 'finishes', as he is known to be. His 68-ball-45 had only a single four. Meanwhile, Kumar hammered 4 fours and a six for his 80-ball-53.

India chased down the target in 44.2 overs, scoring to 231 for 7 wickets. The last stretch was trodden with rain and victory came up in DL method. India is ahead in the five match ODI series by 2-0.


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