India pacer Deepak Chahar, who was an surprising hero with the bat within the second ODI towards Sri Lanka, on Tuesday mentioned coach Rahul Dravid’s perception in his batting impressed him to provide a match-winning knock for his crew. Chahar got here forward of the extra completed Bhuvneshwar Kumar within the batting order after India misplaced their six wickets for 160 runs whereas chasing 276. In the long run, they each cast an unbeaten 84-run stand to script a three-wicket win for India.
“No higher option to win the match for the nation. Rahul sir advised me to play all of the balls. I’ve performed just a few innings with India A (when Dravid was coach) and I believe he has perception in me.
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“He advised me he thinks I’m ok to be a No. 7 (however he batted at 8). He has perception in me. Hopefully within the coming matches I don’t need to bat. Once we got here below 50 that’s after I believed we are able to win. Earlier than that it was ball by ball. I took some dangers after,” mentioned Chahar on the publish match presentation.
Previous to this recreation, his highest scored in worldwide cricket was 12.
“It was sizzling on the market, we did properly there. Obtained two wickets. We managed to cease them at 270 (275 really). It was an honest rating on this wicket.
“Just one factor that was happening in my thoughts: that is the type of innings I’ve been dreaming of. No higher option to win the match for the nation,” he mentioned speaking about his mindset within the center.
India had romped to victory within the first ODI however it took much more effort on Tuesday.
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Tail-ender Deepak Chahar introduced India again from the useless with a steely 69 off 82 balls and script the visiting crew’s series-sealing victory within the second ODI towards Sri Lanka right here on Tuesday.
Chasing 276, India have been down and out at 193 for seven earlier than Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (19 not out off 28) cast an unbeaten 84-run stand to seal a memorable win for the guests who prolonged their document of not dropping an ODI on Sri Lanka soil since 2012.
A struggling Sri Lankan outfit badly wanted a morale-boosting win however has solely itself accountable for not ending the job from a commanding place.
Chahar, whose highest rating earlier than this recreation was 12, confirmed outstanding resolve and composure below stress to take his crew over the road with 5 balls to spare. He fittingly hit the successful boundary.
It was India’s ninth consecutive bilateral collection win over Sri Lanka. The third ODI will probably be performed on Friday.
It was anticipated to be one other snug chase for India after Sri Lanka put an improved batting effort to publish 275 for 9.
Nevertheless, questionable shot choice from nearly all of the Indian batsmen gave their struggling opponents hope.
Barring Chahar and Suryakumar Yadav (53), the Indian batsmen faltered. Leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga troubled the Indians along with his variations and ended up being the stand out bowler for his crew.