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Bhuvi hits maiden fifty, as India stun Sri Lanka in 2nd ODI

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DAMBULLA Sri Lankan batsman Kusal Mendis is cleaned up by Indian spinner Axar Patel as wicket-keeper M.S. Dhoni looks on during the first One-day International at the Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium on Sunday.—AFP

Rohit took on Dushmantha Chameera in particular, smacking him for two back-to-back sixes in his first over. The 3-wicket win now puts more belief in the Virat Kohli led side after they were down in the dumps and at one stage looked like Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were only delaying the inevitable.

These apart, India already covered all bases which will be head-to-head display in the game with their confidence post meter running in left-over. "The good thing is that he is cashing in on his good form", Kohli said of his swashbuckling opener.

"We always play him like that, we have always played him like that and we'll continue to play him like that till he plays for Sri Lanka", Kohli signed off.

Kohli further revealed that the team has started taking more responsibilities over the past few years and is focusing on winning more games for the country as a team rather than on their personal achievements. Rohit had scored four runs when he defended a ball from Lasith Malinga.

He has won the 50-over World Cup, the T20 World Cup, the Champions Trophy, the Indian Premier League and will go down in history as one of India's greatest limited-overs cricketers - batsman, wicketkeeper, captain, strategist - of all time. Virat Kohli and his men thrashed a listless Sri Lanka by nine wickets, thanks to Axar Patel's figures of 3/34 which helped them to restrict the hosts for 216. From the Indian point of view, Jasprit Bumrah was the pick of the bowlers as he picked up 4 wickets.

Batting first, Sri Lanka were off to a steady start but their middle-order caved in.

Off-spinner Kedar Jadhav then struck twice to get two important wickets of Dickwella and Tharanga, who made 13.

Earlier, sensible innings from Siriwardana (58) and Chamara Kapugedera (40) helped Sri Lanka score 236/8.

1 - Shikhar Dhawan missed out on becoming the second player to score seven successive fifty-plus score against a side by one run. Bumrah combined with the spinners to wipe off the tail. "It's hard for us - the coaching staff - to create a strategy", he added. "It's all about giving chances to people which we feel will not hamper our plans in any way and at the same time, it's about giving them exposure at global cricket", Kohli asserted. Sri Lanka need to win at least two of the five games to gain a direct entry into the 2019 World Cup in England.

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