Sri Lanka v India ODIs - Men's
India edge Sri Lanka to clinch ODI series
Tourists' tail wags impressively to secure come-from-behind three-wicket win in second one-dayer in Colombo
21 July 2021, 07:50 AM AEST
India beat Sri Lanka by three wickets in the second One-Day International to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series after Suryakumar Yadav and Deepak Chahar guided the tourists home with maiden half-centuries.
Chasing 276 for victory, India found themselves in trouble at 3-65 after they lost Prithvi Shaw, Ishan Kishan and skipper Shikhar Dhawan cheaply.
Sri Lankan spinner Wanindu Hasaranga picked up three wickets, including the two openers, but India's tail wagged at the death to deny Sri Lanka victory, overhauling the target with five balls to spare.
Yadav rallied India with some sublime strokeplay to reach his fifty before he was eventually dismissed for 53, trapped leg before by Lakshan Sandakan with 116 runs required to win.
Hasaranga also removed Krunal Pandya, who was looking dangerous with a handy knock of 35 before he was bowled but Chahar, coming in at No.8, dug his heels in with an unbeaten 69.
Chahar was well supported by vice-captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar (19 not out).
Earlier, a fighting 65 off 68 balls from middle-order batsman Charith Asalanka propelled Sri Lanka to 9-275 in 50 overs.
Asalanka walked in to bat with Sri Lanka 3-124 and held the innings together with Chamika Karunaratne, who remained made a quick-fire 44no off 33 balls.
Opting to bat after winning the toss, the hosts got off to a slow but steady start, with Avishka Fernando (50) and Minod Bhanuka (36) constructing a 77-run opening stand.
But both fell in quick succession as the Indian attack made the most of a slow wicket where runs were hard to come by.
Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was the pick of the Indian bowlers, finishing with 3-50 from his 10 overs while Bhuvneshwar (3-54) picked up the crucial wickets of half-centurions Fernando and Asalanka.