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.