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India beats Sri Lanka

28 August 2017, 01:55 | Lucy Hill

Courtesy IANS

SL vs IND Virat Kohli ready to help Sri Lanka in transition

Sri Lanka stand-in-skipper Kapugedera won the toss and chose to have a bat first.

120/7 - Sri Lanka's score in the last 25 overs of their innings in this match. Much to their surprise, two players who did not feature in the scheme of things until Thursday evening rewarded them.

Chamara Kapugedera, Sri Lanka's stand-in skipper after Upul Tharanga was suspended for two games for maintaining a slow over-rate, won the toss and opted to bat.

With Lahiru Thirimanne threatening to cut loose later, Virat Kohli turned to Bumrah again, and he delivered a ideal slower ball which the batsman chipped straight to midwicket.

Leg-spinner Akila Dananjaya returned career-best figures of 6-54 to make India stutter at 131-7 while chasing a Duckworth-Lewis revised target of 231 in 47 overs in Pallekele.

Indeed till Dananjaya came up with a breath-taking spell he just proved himself massive.

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The third ODI between the teams in set for the same venue on Sunday. Also, the experienced men in Sri Lanka like Chandimal, Angelo Mathews and Lasith Malinga should bring in all their right skill to win this match.

As Sri Lanka would find out going forward, those runs mattered.

16.14 - Rohit Sharma's batting average in ODIs in Sri Lanka before this match. India is playing with an unchanged XI. Dananjaya unfurled a swing of wrong 'uns and the batsmen failed to read and being impressive on the time of match.

While the hometeam gave itself a chance to level the series in the second ODI as Akila Dananjaya ran through the Indian middle order, MS Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar's "jailbreak" stand stopped the Lankan march. They had a good start. Bhuvneshwar Kumar starts with the new ball. Kusal Mendis (19) then joined Gunathilaka and put on 29 runs for the 2nd wicket before the latter was stumped off Yuzvendra Chahal (2-43) in the 15th over.

The trio also stopped Sri Lanka, to collects run in the abundance number.

"Quite an exciting game of cricket..." Thunderstorms will be worked as the forecast for the evening, which could lead this interesting Cricket match. Some of us from the Indian media covering the series had the luxury to lounge back in the evenings besides the swimming pool at the team hotel with the coverage being superseded by Beijing Olympics where India had begun to register some glory.

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