Sri Lanka Vs India LIVE SCORE (odi)

Sri Lanka Vs India At Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy, 24 August, 2017

24 August, 2017
Starts (IST)
Match Ended

236/8 (50.0 ov)

2nd ODI

231/7 (44.2 ov)

India beat Sri Lanka by 3 wickets (D/L method)

Sri Lanka India
236/8 (50.0 ov) - R/R 4.72 231/7 (44.2 ov) - R/R 5.21

Match Ended

India beat Sri Lanka by 3 wickets

This Over
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
MS Dhoni (W) not out 45 68 1 0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar not out 53 80 4 1
Bowling 0 M R W
Current Partnership Last Wicket 131/7 (21.5)

100 (100) R/R: 4.44

MS Dhoni 38(55)

Axar Patel 6(9) S.R (66.66)

lbw b Akila Dananjaya
Highlights India vs Srilanka, 2nd ODI in Pallekele, cricket score: Dhoni, Bhuvneshwar guide visitors to thrilling win

Highlights India vs Srilanka, 2nd ODI in Pallekele, cricket score: Dhoni, Bhuvneshwar guide visitors to thrilling win

00:24 (IST)

An entertaining day at the Cricket. A kind of a game that was missing in this tour. SL's top order started things well but couldn't really consolidate thereafter. Indian spinners stemmed the run flow and plugged away with timely breakthroughs. Milinda Siriwardana & Chamara Kapugedra forged a partnership to take Lanka over 200. Jasprit Bumrah was like always fantastic at the backend as he ended with a figures of 4/42 to keep Lanka down to 236. 

The Indian innings was delayed due to rain and we lost 3 overs, but once the rain stopped, Indian openers started. Rohit and Dhawan blasted their way to 100 and it seemed like a familiar story happening in this tour. Rohit fell after his half-century and Dhawan fell short by a run when Angelo Mathews dived superbly to hold onto a stunning catch. Still with barely over 120 runs required and 8 wickets in hand it was India's game 

Enter newlywed Akila Dananjaya, who wrecked havoc, bamboozling the star studded Indian batting line up reducing them from 114-2 to 131-7 spinning a web around India's middle order. A collapse seemed on the cards, but the old warrior MS Dhoni stayed put, used his feet to negate Dananjaya's mystery and avoid Ajantha Mendis deja vu. 

Bhuvneshwar Kumar and MSD went on to record 100-run stand for the 8th wicket, which turned out to be a match-winning stand. India had the rub of green as well when the ball hit the stumps but the bails didn't fall and the SL's review wasn't overturned on umpire's call, but credit to Kumar and Dhoni who fought out like real fighters and come out victorious.

Phew! What a game! Thank you for tuning in, hope you as much fun as we did in bringing you the coverage. Hope to see you for the 3rd ODI on Sunday, which will be played at the same Pallekele International Stadium. We at Firstpost will be here with all the live scores and updates. Do join us, until then adios. 

23:59 (IST)

Virat Kohli (Indian skipper): It was. Quite an exciting game of cricket. Both fans and players were equally entertained. It was difficult to come through. Two hundred-run partnerships and a collapse in the middle in a chase of 230 was quite bizarre. When you're 110/1, you want to give other guys a go. I don't have any regrets over the chances. We got out to good deliveries. If I had got out at 3, I still would've missed that ball. What we knew about him was an off-spinner bowling a leg-break. We'll be more careful next time, and we'll be watching him more closely. Credit to him for pitching the ball in the right areas. 

23:59 (IST)

Upul Tharanga, Sri Lanka captain: "It is disappointed, that we couldn't finish well. Milinda and Kapu (Kapugedra) batted well. No, I think when they needed 100 runs (On the total being less), Dhoni and Bhuvi batted sensibly. There were lots of overs to go so we kept him (Dananjaya) for the last few overs. Yes, especially the fielding and bowling have improved, specially Milinda and Akila bowled really well."

23:56 (IST)

Akila Dananjaya: I used mostly my variations, and realised that the off-spin was working better. I had my wedding yesterday, and reached the hotel in Kandy only last night. 

23:54 (IST)

Akila Dananjaya is the Man of the Match for his destructive figures of 6/54, though it ultimately went in vain.

23:53 (IST)

Right then, time for the presentations...

23:52 (IST)

23:46 (IST)

Most not-outs in international cricket:

120 - MS DHONI*
119 - Muttiah Muralitharan 
113 - Shaun Pollock 

Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

23:46 (IST)
23:44 (IST)

Feel for the 23-year-old spinner. Hopefully, he continues to perform this way and doesn't fall into oblivion

23:43 (IST)

Game of nerves for sure! 



Tharanga brings Fernando back for the 45th over, though he only manages to bowl two legal deliveries, before conceding a wide that completes a memorable three wicket win for India as they go 2-0 up in the ODI series! What a match this turned out to be!

Preview: India will once again be expected to be at their ruthless best when they take on a Sri Lanka, which has hit nadir in both form and confidence, in the second one day international, here tomorrow.

After a lop-sided 3-0 Test series victory, the script did not change much in the opening ODI, where India steamrolled the opposition by nine wickets.

Such has been Sri Lanka's performance that supporters stopped the team bus demanding answers for a shoddy show. Chief coach Nic Pothas pointed out in no uncertain terms that all is not well within the team, indirectly pointing fingers at the interference from team manager Asanka Gurusinha.

Virat Kohli and Upul Tharanga pose with the series trophy. AP

Virat Kohli and Upul Tharanga pose with the series trophy. AP

Like it has happened during the past few months, Shikhar Dhawan pummelled the Lankan bowlers into submission with an unbeaten 132.

For skipper Virat Kohli, it was business as usual with an unbeaten 82.

As such, it is tough to foresee any changes to the Indian playing XI. Only one out of five games has been played yet, and even in West Indies, Kohli resisted the urge to chop and change too much.

It is a similar scenario here as well. At Dambulla, India didn't prefer to go in with either two leg-spinners or two left-arm spinners, thus forming the Chahal-Patel's orthodox leg break-left arm spin combination.

Additionally, the ODI wickets in Sri Lanka do not afford the luxury of playing three spinners. Thus, unless the Pallekele wicket is exceptionally dry, Kuldeep Yadav can expect to be left out once again, along with Manish Pandey, Ajinkya Rahane and Shardul Thakur.

It will be interesting if Kohli shuffles his batting order a bit to give a KL Rahul and Kedar Jadhav, some batting time considering the inept Sri Lankan bowling which has failed to get the 'Men In Blue' out.

There has been questions raised about Sri Lanka's team selection policies.

Test skipper, and one of Sri Lanka's most attacking batsmen Dinesh Chandimal was left out of the playing XI as ODI captain Upul Tharanga - generally an opener - came out to bat at No 4, where Chandimal bats.

This has set tongues wagging that all is not well in the Sri Lankan dressing room and that the coach and captain are being over-ridden by others. Pothas openly questioned the decision of leaving out Chandimal in the post-match conference.

When asked about the influence of team manager Gurusinha and chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya, he came up with the classic "too many cooks" quote.

However, it doesn't take spotlight away from the simple fact that Sri Lanka once again failed to provide adequate challenge for the Indian team.

If the Test series was evidence of the gap between the Nos 1 and 7 ranked teams, then on evidence of the Dambulla game alone, the ICC ODI rankings of India and Sri Lanka - Nos 3 and 8 respectively - are justified too.

This series too has all the makings of another one-sided contest and is not making for a good spectacle for the home fans, who clearly let their displeasure known during the first One Day International.

Sri Lanka need to win two ODIs in this series to make sure that West Indies do not overhaul them in the ODI ranking and gain automatic qualification for the 2019 ODI World Cup before the September 30 deadline.

The hosts need more responsibility and stability in their batting ranks, and could look to bring back Chandimal, if only to quieten down the heated atmosphere surrounding the team's dismal performances recently.

It is tough to see who will be left out though as the top-order did well enough to put the Indian attack under pressure, until atleast the 28th over when Lanka were placed at 150/3, thanks to the exploits of Danushka Gunathilaka, Niroshan Dickwella and Kusal Mendis.

They had resisted the Indian pace attack as well as one half of their spin duo to lay the foundation of a decent- enough target, only to be let down by the lower order.

In keeping with the coach's words, some responsibility lies with the trio as well, for one of them was expected to hold one end together and go on to play a big innings.

This lack of in-game maturity, and experience as a whole, is what sets them apart from the Indian top-order at present.

While Lanka will once again be struggling with these questions of overcoming self-doubt, the Indian camp will be wondering if they will be challenged at all during this tour.

The Test series proved to be a cakewalk, and in that light, the selectors' call to rest senior bowlers and experiment with younger blood has been justified.

Whether the hosts step up or not, this is vital game time for the likes of Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal, with the Men in Blue already stepping up their preparations for the next World Cup.


India: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Ajinkya Rahane, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur.

Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga (c), Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Chamara Kapugedera, Milinda Siriwardana, Malinda Pushpakumara, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Thisara Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lasith Malinga, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: August 25, 2017 00:12:37 IST

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