After the appalling defeat at the first ODI, India batsmen did come back with a massive attack in the second venue at Mohali. In the match, sent in to bat first, India blitz a score of 392 for 4, with Sri Lanka bowlers remaining largely futile in their attacks. Stand in captain Rohit Sharma alone bombarded 208 runs as the opener in the match. It was the third double century knock of the batsman in the format. His impressive knock was unbeaten throughout the inning.
Meanwhile, bowlers Suranga Lakmal, spearhead of the first match, as well as Nuwan Pradeep, were plundered for massive boundaries. The opening partnership between Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan hauled India’s score to 115 runs. Sri Lanka could not made a breakthrough in the inning in the first 21 overs. It was only Sacthith Pathirana who removed Dhawan in the first ball of the 22nd over. Dhawan was batting at 68 off 67 balls, hammering a half-century. India’s run rate was moderate until half the inning. In the first 10 overs, the team scored only 33 runs.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka bowlers maintained a perfect length in their attack in the stretch. When the visitors introduced the new bowler into the attack, India openers got the pace back adding some momentum to the score. The players began their knocks with boundaries. The next stretch of 10 overs had impressive boundaries of both Dhawan and Sharma. The latter hammered 9 boundaries for his score.
Rohit Sharma remained unbeaten in the inning batting for 50 overs full. He played 153 balls at the strike rate of 135.94 to score 208 runs. After Dhawan, the player forged a partnership of 213 runs with Shreyas. The players were steady in the inning until 45.3 overs when Thisara Perera removed Iyer. The young batsman scored 88 off 70 balls in the inning.
MS Dhoni, the only salvager of first ODI, came in for a short stretch to bat. He was trapped by Perera 12 balls Iyer. It was the only consecutive wicket removed in a short gap. Sri Lanka bowlers were able to dismiss another wicket of Hardik Pandya in the last ball of the inning. But, by them, India’s scored soared up to 392.
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