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India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Highlights: MS Dhoni, Bhuvneshwar Kumar help IND seal nervy win at Pallekele

Akila Dananjaya’s career-best 6/54 went in vain as India beat Sri Lanka by three wickets in Pallekele to go 2-0 up in the five-match series. Catch full cricket score of India vs Sri Lanka here

india vs sri lanka 2017 Updated: Aug 25, 2017 00:29 IST
Sidharth Gulati
Sidharth Gulati
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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MS Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s unbeaten 100-run partnership helped India beat Sri Lanka by three wickets in the second ODI at Pallekele. Catch full cricket score of India vs Sri Lanka here (REUTERS)

MS Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar stitched a crucial 100-run stand to help India edge past Sri Lanka by three wickets in the rain-affected second ODI and take 2-0 lead in five-match series. This was after the unheralded mystery spinner Akila Dananjaya (6/48 in 9 overs) infused life into a series, which has been panned by all and sundry for the lopsided contests starting with the Test matches. Catch full cricket score of India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI here. (SCORES)(STREAMING INFO)

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Virat Kohli: “It was quite an exciting game of cricket. It gave us a tough test out there but was good to come through. Was good to see two 100-run stands in a 230 run chase and then a collapse. Strange game but good that we came through.”

Upul Tharanga: “We came very close and couldn’t finish it. Milinda and Kapugedera gave us a good start. Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar played well. Dananjaya bowled very well.”

Akila Dananjaya (Man of the Match): “I use my variations and kept using it in the first eight overs. I had my wedding yesterday, and came back to the hotel in Kandy at 10pm.”

23:36 hrs IST: WIDE! That’s it. India beat Sri Lanka by three wickets to go 2-0 up in five-match series.

23:30 hrs IST: Double and that’s fifty for Bhuvneshwar Kumar, maiden in ODIs. What a knock!

23:23 hrs IST: FOUR! Full-toss on leg stump and Bhuvi just helps it to fine leg. Moves to 47. India need 14 off 30.

23:19 hrs IST: Exceptional batting from both Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar. What does Sri Lanka have to do to secure a win in this series?

23:13 hrs IST: Consecutive boundaries for Bhuvneshwar. Has been a top knock from him!

23:10 hrs IST: Dananjaya to bowl his second last over.

23:09 hrs IST: Tidy over from Malinga. Just three runs off it. India need 39 off 48.

23:04 hrs IST: SIX! Tossed up from Siriwardana and Bhuvneshwar slog-sweeps it over mid-wicket for a maximum.

23:01 hrs IST: India need 50 off 60, Dhoni 32*, Bhuvneshwar 18*

22:53 hrs IST: Bhuvneshwar playing a sensible innings here. Dananjaya still has two overs left though.

22:51 hrs IST: India need 57 off 72, Dhoni 30*, Bhuvneshwar 14*

22:44 hrs IST: Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar have consolidated. Solid partnership between them.

22:36 hrs IST: Testing time for Dhoni. Can he get the job done?

22:31 hrs IST: India need 68 more runs, SL just three good balls away.

22:24 hrs IST: India’s middle-order seems to be a big worry. Maybe, it’s time for Kohli to move at No. 4. KL Rahul at three isn’t a bad option.

22:20 hrs IST: This match takes me back to the 2008 Asia Cup final where Ajantha Mendis bamboozled the best players of spin with his carrom ball.

22:18 hrs IST: India are 153/7 after 28 overs. Dhoni 19*, Bhuvneshwar 9*

22:12 hrs IST: 150 up for India. Need a MS Dhoni special here.

22:07 hrs IST: Dananjaya has two more overs left. If he can get Dhoni, it’ll be all over for India.

22:01 hrs IST: India are 138/4 after 24 overs. Dhoni 12*, Bhuvneshwar 1*

21:57 hrs IST: Dananjaya was a controversial pick for Sri Lanka’s 2012 World Cup not having played any professional cricket. But for a Sri Lankan team desperately seeking some revival, he is nothing but a revelation.

21:52 hrs IST: OUT! Sixth wicket for Dananjaya. In a span of six overs, India have all but lost this match.

21:48 hrs IST: For the first time on this tour, Sri Lanka are all over India.

21:42 hrs IST: WICKET! What’s happening out here. From 109/1 to 121/6. A miraculous spell from the leggie.

21:38 hrs IST: It’s still anyone’s game. Dhoni and Pandya need to use their feet well against Dananjaya.

21:33 hrs IST: WICKET! Fourth wicket for Dananjaya. His wrong ones are tough to pick.

21:30 hrs IST: OUT! This has been a brilliant spell from Dananjaya. Kohli also goes. India in all sorts of trouble now.

21:29 hrs IST: Virat Kohli in at No. 5

21:27 hrs IST: OUT! This is turning out to be a good phase for the hosts. Three wickets in quick time. Kedar Jadhav goes cheaply.

21:24 hrs IST: WICKET! Flat delivery from Siriwardana, Dhawan looks to sweep but instead gets a top edge and Angelo Mathews takes a blinder running from short fine leg.

21:20 hrs IST: In walks KL Rahul

21:18 hrs IST: WICKET! Much-needed breakthrough for Sri Lanka. Rohit departs for 54. Dananjaya gets his first.

21:15 hrs IST: Single and that’s fifty for Rohit Sharma, 32nd in ODIs. What an innings from the Mumbaikar!

21:09 hrs IST: Only one result possible from here on, unless there is a collapse.

21:04 hrs IST: Expensive over from Chameera. Eight runs off it. India are 89/0 after 13 overs.

21:00 hrs IST: FOUR! Flighted delivery from Dananjaya, Dhawan comes down the track and hits it past the fielder at mid-on. India are 81/0 after 12 overs.

20:57 hrs IST: Some spin now. Akila Dananjaya comes into the attack.

20:52 hrs IST: FOUR! Short and wide from Chameera and Dhawan cuts it hard over the point region. As good as it gets!

20:49 hrs IST: India are 68/0 after 10 overs. Rohit 43*, Dhawan 20*

20:44 hrs IST: SIX! Nothing wrong with the delivery (perfect length), Rohit shuffles a bit and smacks it over fine-leg boundary.

20:41 hrs IST: Dushmantha Chameera now

STAT ATTACK - Angelo Mathews has dismissed Rohit Sharma six times in ODIs.

20:35 hrs IST: FOUR! Juicy full-toss from Malinga and Dhawan hits it well past the fielder at square leg. Moves to 18. India are 47/0 after 7 overs.

20:32 hrs IST: BOUNDARY! Overpitched from Malinga and Rohit lifts it over mid-off for one bounce four.

20:30 hrs IST: Single of the final ball for Rohit. India are 38/0 after 6 overs.

20:26 hrs IST: Angelo Mathews comes into the attack now. Sri Lanka would hope for a magical spell from their former skipper.

20:23 hrs IST: FOUR! Wide half-volley from Malinga and Dhawan slices it past the fielder at backward point.

20:22 hrs IST: FOUR! Second boundary for Rohit. Looks in top form. India are 29/0 after 4 overs.

20:19 hrs IST: FOUR! Length delivery from Fernando, on Dhawan’s pads, and he just helps it to deep fine leg boundary.

20:16 hrs IST: Costly over from Malinga, 10 runs off it. India are 20/0 after 3 overs.

20:14 hrs IST: SIX! Poor delivery from Malinga, on Rohit’s pads, and the right-hander flicks it over mid-wicket for a maximum.

20:13 hrs IST: Malinga struggling with his line. Three wide deliveries from him so far.

20:09 hrs IST: Decent over from Fernando. Just four runs off it. India are 10/0 after 2 overs.

20:05 hrs IST: Vishwa Fernando comes into the attack.

20:04 hrs IST: Dot delivery to finish off. India are 6/0 after first over.

20:01 hrs IST: FOUR! Short and wide from Malinga and Rohit places it well in the gap between cover and cover pont for his first boundary.

20:00 hrs IST: Time for action. Rohit Sharma to take strike. Lasith Malinga to bowl the first over of the innings.

19:35 hrs IST: Play to resume at 20:00 hrs IST. India’s target will be 231 in 47 overs

19:15 hrs IST: Good news. Covers are coming off now. Stay tuned for further updates

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18:40 hrs IST: The cut-off time for a 20-over game is 21.55 IST. And if today’s play is called off, the game will resume tomorrow. There is a reserve day for all remaining games.

18:30 hrs IST: Bad news. It’s raining at Pallekele. We’ll keep you posted.

18:04 hrs IST: And that’s it. SL end on 236/8. Jasprit Bumrah finishes with a four-wicket haul. We’ll be back in a few minutes time.

18:00 hrs IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar to bowl the final over of the innings.

17:59 hrs IST: Magnificent over from Bumrah. Six runs and a wicket. Sri Lanka are 232/8 after 49 overs.

17:54 hrs IST: Sri Lanka are 226/7 after 48 overs. Another good show at the death from Bumrah and co.

17:49 hrs IST: WICKET! Bumrah and his yorkers. Gets rid of Kapugedera. Sri Lanka 221/7

17:45 hrs IST: Excellent over from Bhuvneshwar, six runs off it. Sri Lanka 218/6 after 46 overs.

17:42 hrs IST: BCCI is a ‘male chauvinist organisation’, says this ex-India captain.

17:38 hrs IST: OUT! Siriwardana c Rohit b Bumrah 58(58). Sri Lanka 212/6 after 45 overs.

17:31 hrs IST: Anything around 260 would be a challenging total. Early wickets and it’ll all come down to India’s shaky middle-order.

17:27 hrs IST: FOUR! And that’s 200 up for Sri Lanka. Solid partnership between Kapugedera and Siriwardana.

17:23 hrs IST: Single and that’s fifty for Siriwardana. Needs to hang in till the end.

17:18 hrs IST: Five overs since the last boundary. Sri Lanka are 182/5 after 41 overs.

17:13 hrs IST: Another good over from Axar. Just a run off it. Sri Lanka are 171/5 after 39 overs.

17:10 hrs IST: Both Chahal and Axar have two overs left now.

17:04 hrs IST: SIX! Too short from Jadhav, Siriwardana rocks back and creams it over mid-wicket for a maximum. Sri Lanka are 162/5 after 36 overs.

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16:55 hrs IST: Sri Lanka are 149/5 after 34 overs. Siriwardana 25*, Kapugedera 11*. Time for drinks.

16:50 hrs IST: Good news. Hardik Pandya about to come back on the field.

16:47 hrs IST: FOUR! Shortish delivery from Bhuvneshwar and Siriwardana slams it to deep square leg boundary.

16:45 hrs IST: Dot ball to finish off. Sri Lanka are 133/5 after 32 overs.

16:43 hrs IST: FOUR! Short delivery from Bumrah, Kapugedera gets into position early and pulls it well in the gap between deep square leg and deep mid-wicket boundary.

16:40 hrs IST: Great over from Bumrah. Just two off it. Sri Lanka are 125/5 after 30 overs.

16:36 hrs IST:Jasprit Bumrah comes in for his second spell.

16:34 hrs IST: Could well turn out to be another low-scoring affair. Indians have been excellent so far.

16:32 hrs IST: WICKET! Axar Patel strikes, removes Angelo Mathews for 20(41).

16:29 hrs IST: Pandya is off the field! He has some issues in the ankle! Kedar Jadhav has taken over now. SL 120/4 after 28 overs

16:26 hrs IST: FOUR! Finally! Mathews breaks the shackles with a nice-hit through mid-wicket off Pandya.

16:22 hrs IST: Fifteen balls since the last boundary. Sri Lanka 114/4 after 27 overs.

16:17 hrs IST: Sri Lanka are 107/4 at the halfway mark. Mathews 12*, Siriwardana 6*

16:14 hrs IST: Milinda Siriwardana is in at No. 6. Sri Lanka 101/4 after 24 overs.

16:12 hrs IST: WICKET! This had to happen. Mendis never looked comfortable today. Second wicket for Chahal.

STAT ATTACK - Virat Kohli has averaged 94.3 across his 24 ODI innings since 2016.

16:05 hrs IST: Only six runs in the last two overs. Sri Lanka need some big hits here. They are 96/3 after 22 overs.

16:00 hrs IST: Single of the last ball for Mathews. Sri Lanka are 90/3 after 20 overs.

15:58 hrs IST: FOUR! Too full from Pandya and Mathews dispatches it straight past the non-striker’s end.

15:55 hrs IST: Tidy over from Axar. Just a run off it. Sri Lanka are 85/3 after 19 overs.

15:53 hrs IST: Axar Patel comes into the attack. He picked up three wickets in the last game.

15:51 hrs IST: Twenty balls since the last boundary. Sri Lanka are 84/3 after 18 overs.

15:47 hrs IST: Only three runs off the over. Mathews holds the key here. Sri Lanka are 83/3 after 17 overs.

15:44 hrs IST: Angelo Mathews now

15:42 hrs IST: WICKET! That’s a big one. Pandya gets Tharanga. Sri Lanka in deep trouble. Need a special innings from someone to avoid another collapse.

15:37 hrs IST: Two boundaries for Tharanga. Sri Lanka need a big stand here.

15:34 hrs IST: Sri Lanka skipper Upul Tharanga is in at No. 4

15:33 hrs IST: WICKET! 99th stumping for MS Dhoni in ODIs. Chahal joins the party. Both SL openers back in the hut.

15:31 hrs IST: Expensive over from Pandya, 10 off it. Sri Lanka are 70/1 after 14 overs.

15:28 hrs IST: FOUR! Lucky! A perfect length delivery from Pandya, Mendis plays it with soft hands to third man boundary. No slip in place.

15:26 hrs IST: Chahal right on the money again. Sri Lanka finding it tough to hit over the ropes.

15:23 hrs IST: Slower deliveries hold the key for India here. Another over without a boundary. Sri Lanka are 59/1 after 12 overs.

15:20 hrs IST: Hardik Pandya replaces Jasprit Bumrah.

15:19 hrs IST: Good over from Chahal. No boundaries in the last two overs. Sri Lanka are 56/1 after 11 overs.

15:17 hrs IST: Here comes the first change in bowling - Yuzvendra Chahal.

15:15 hrs IST: Another maiden over from Bumrah. No margin for error. Sri Lanka are 52/1 after 10 overs.

15:12 hrs IST: FOUR! Costly over from Bhuvneshwar, 11 runs off it. Gunathilaka moves to 14. Sri Lanka are 52/1 after 9 overs.

15:11 hrs IST: FOUR! Poor delivery from Bhuvneshwar. Straying down leg and Gunathilaka works it past the fielder at short fine leg.

15:09 hrs IST: Mendis off the mark. Helps a length delivery through cover point for a single.

15:06 hrs IST: Kusal Mendis is the next man in

15:04 hrs IST: OUT! Just the wicket India wanted. Bumrah gets rid of the dangerous Dickwella.

15:01 hrs IST: Decent over from Bhuvneshwar despite the boundary. Sri Lanka 40/0 after 7 overs.

14:58 hrs IST: FOUR! Back of a length delivery from Bhuvneshwar and Dickwella punches it in the gap between cover and cover point. Moves into 30s.

14:55 hrs IST: Dickwella lifts a Bumrah delivery towards the leg side for a maximum. SL 36/0 after 6 overs.

14:51 hrs IST: Dot ball to finish off. Sri Lanka are 28/0 after 5 overs. Dickwella 20*, Gunathilaka 8*

14:49 hrs IST: Brilliant running between the wickets from Dickwella and Gunathilaka. Good old method of putting the opposition under pressure.

14:48 hrs IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar to continue

14:47 hrs IST: And Bumrah switches to slower ones. Only two singles off the next four balls. Sri Lanka are 25/0 after 4 overs.

14:44 hrs IST: Dickwella on fire! 10 off the first two balls off Bumrah. Just the kind of start Sri Lanka would have wanted.

14:42 hrs IST:FOUR! Another full delivery from Bhuvneshwar and Gunathilaka manages to hit past the mid-off fielder. Sri Lanka 13/0 after 3 overs.

14:39 hrs IST: FOUR! Fuller delivery from Bhuvneshwar and Dickwella lifts it over the mid-on fielder for his first boundary.

14:38 hrs IST: Maiden over from Bumrah. Slight movement for him. Sri Lanka 2/0 after 2 overs.

14:35 hrs IST: Surprise! No Hardik Pandya. Jasprit Bumrah comes into the attack. He took two wickets in the Dambulla ODI.

14:34 hrs IST: Tidy start from Bhuvneshwar but not much swing for him. Sri Lanka 2/0 after first over.

14:32 hrs IST: Gunathilaka also off the mark. Works it towards short cover for a quick single.

14:31 hrs IST: First runs of the day for Dickwella. Length ball from Bhuvneshwar, the left-hander gets an inside edge past the stumps.

14:29 hrs IST: It’s time for live action. Niroshan Dickwella to take strike. Bhuvneshwar Kumar to start the proceedings for India.

14:20 hrs IST: Anything around 320 would be a good score for the hosts. For India, it would just be about sticking to their lengths and not trying too much.

14:10 hrs IST: “There’s not much grass on the wicket, as I see it, so the talks of a little seam, or that the pitch is mostly impartial to bat and ball, can take a back seat.” - Ajay Jadeja

14:05 hrs IST: Here are the playing XI of both teams -

India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Lokesh Rahul, MS Dhoni(wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal

Sri Lanka: Niroshan Dickwella(wk), Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga(c), Angelo Mathews, Chamara Kapugedera, Milinda Siriwardana, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Malinga, Vishwa Fernando, Dushmantha Chameera

14:01 hrs IST: India have won the toss and have opted to bowl.

13:46 hrs IST: Toss in a short while

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13:31 hrs IST: Having a bad day or a bad game is one thing but when a top team starts losing to lower-ranked sides, and its batsmen and bowlers show no inclination to fight as seen in the India series, something is seriously wrong.

13:30 hrs IST: The current state of Sri Lankan cricket is such that it won’t be surprising if experts are dismissive.

13:21 hrs IST: Mahendra Singh Dhoni is 57 away from going 4th in the list of leading ODI run-scorers for India (surpassing Mohammad Azharuddin).

12:55 PM IST: India will back themselves to take a 2-0 lead in the ODI series, having recorded their biggest win over Sri Lanka in the third and final Test match in Pallekele last week. India won by an innings and inside three days.

PREVIEW

Sri Lanka are in total chaos. Their inability to score runs and take wickets have gone from bad to worse. The Sri Lankans lost the Test series 3-0 and were expected to match India in the limited overs version. But the heavy defeat in the first ODI in Dambulla exposed more than just poor performance in the hosts.

The Lankans are in turmoil. Their coach Nic Pothas has revealed that players are confused because “there are too many cooks” in the dressing room. Former skipper Mahela Jayawardene has said that the players have been gripped by the “fear of losing.” So the odds are heavily stacked against the home team

It’s time the Lankans redeemed themselves. Sri Lanka could seal direct qualification for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and for that the 1996 world champions will have to win at least two matches to secure a place in the pinnacle 50-over competition by staving off the challenge from the West Indies. The cut-off date for direct qualification is September 30.

First Published: Aug 24, 2017 11:10 IST