India sealed the 3-match ODI series against Sri Lanka with a game to spare as Rohit Sharma’s men picked up a 4-wicket win in the 2nd ODI. India managed to get to a tricky target of 215 with KL Rahul scoring 64.
Sri Lanka, who batted first, had a strong start with a score of 102 for 1 in the 17th over, but then experienced a collapse that cost them six wickets for 50 runs. Despite a push from the lower order, they ultimately finished with 215 runs, with the last wicket falling in the 40th over.
However, their total was not enough to compete with India’s strong performance. The only Sri Lanka batter to make a significant contribution was debutant Nuwanidu Fernando, who played out of position as an opener.
The collapse was primarily due to Sri Lanka’s lack of skill in this format, rather than India’s exceptional play. Mendis played well for his 34 runs, but was struck by a googly from Kuldeep at the end of the 17th over, having misjudged the turn. Dhananjaya de Silva, Asalanka, and Shanaka also fell to Kuldeep’s bowling, making mistakes with their positioning and technique.
Despite Sri Lanka’s bowlers putting pressure on India’s batters, reducing them to 86 for 4 at one point, India had a strong run rate and a deep lineup of talented batters.Rohit fell early and Shubman Gill perished as well after playing some attacking shots.
Virat Kohli was bowled through the gate by Lahiru Kumara, while Shreyas Iyer was trapped in front. Sri Lanka were in the game at that point but Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul put on a 75-run stand for the fifth wicket, breaking the back of the chase. Then Rahul pushed on to 64 not out off 103 balls.
Brief Scores: Sri Lanka 215 all out in 39.4 overs (Nuwanidu Fernando 50; Mohammad Siraj 3-30, Kuldeep Yadav 3-51) lost to India 219/6 (KL Rahul 64*, Hardik Pandya 36) by 4 wickets