Dhoni told me to bat like I do in Test cricket: Bhuvneshwar
Aug 27 2017 by Dustin Murphy
The manner in which Dhoni and Bhuvi scripted India's three-wicket victory over Sri Lanka despite losing the top-order batsmen early during the second innings is enough to determine the talent they possess.
MATCH UPDATE:Virat Kohli lost the toss for the first time in this series but India will once again chase.
Sri Lanka did well in the second ODI to put some pressure on India.
Rohit and Dhawan ensured India got off to an excellent start as they amassed a 109-run partnership, during which Rohit surpassed his fifty. Chandimal and Thiramane will try to anchor the Sri Lankan team.
Lahiru Thirimanne completes his half century in just 69 balls. Not too many runs have come but no casualty as well.
The very next over, Dhawan was on his way back to the pavilion after being brilliantly caught by Mathews off the bowling of Siriwardana for 49.
Bhuvneshwar, who constantly credited MS Dhoni for boosting his confidence, narrated the incident, "No". It does reflect on their 100 per cent record here then, and the short two-day gap between the second and third ODIs will help them take the winning momentum forward.
Siriwardana put on a crucial 91-run sixth-wicket stand with Chamara Kapugedara, who made 40, after the hosts were in trouble at 121-5 against a disciplined Indian attack. But due to rain, the target was revised to 230. With Lahiru Thirimanne as his opening partner for the next ODI, the two could look to get the batting to a strong start, as the middle-order has struggled to find form.
The third ODI between India and Sri Lanka will be played at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele.
"I realised that the off-spin was not helping much".
On the other hand, Indian bowlers stepped up to the occasion in the overcast conditions and chipped in with vital wickets at regular intervals.
While ground fielding is always a primary matter of concern, Sridhar has also been working hard on getting India's slip cordon right across all formats. Kapugedera won the toss and chose to have a bat first. Axar might just give Ashwin or Jadeja a run for their money if he can improve with the bat, and Chahal is a worthy leg spinner in a team dominated by offies.
Jasprit Bumrah accounted for both on his way to figures of 4 for 43 which made him the pick of the India bowlers.
Sri Lanka's interim coach Nic Pothas said, "Captain on the field has a gut feeling".