Deepak Chahar’s unbeaten 69 helped India register a three-wicket win against hosts Sri Lanka in the second One-day International on Tuesday.
Chasing 276 for a win, the Indian top-order failed to fire but a middle and lower order resurrection saw the visitors cross the finishing line. After Suryakumar Yadav’s 44-ball 53, Deepak Chahar remained not out on 69 off 82 balls while Krunal Pandya chipped with 35.
The dramatic match concluded with Chahar’s winning boundary in the final over. With the victory, India gained an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
On the bowling front, Yuzvendra Chahal led India’s decent effort with the ball by picking up a three-fer. Experienced Bhuvneshwar Kumar also chipped in with three wickets as Sri Lanka managed to notch up 275 for nine in their 50 overs.
Avishka Fernando (50 off 71) and Charith Asalanka (65 off 68) struck fine half-centuries to help Sri Lanka produce an improved batting performance than their outing in the series opener.
Openers Fernando and Bhanuka stitched a half-century opening stand before Chahal dented Sri Lanka’s run-flow with wickets on successive deliveries in the 14th over.
India had defeated the hosts by seven wickets in the the opening game of the three-match series.