RESULT
2nd ODI (D/N), Pallekele, August 24, 2017, India tour of Sri Lanka
(44.2/47 ov, T:231) 231/7

India won by 3 wickets (with 16 balls remaining) (D/L method)

Player Of The Match
6/54
akila-dananjaya
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Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka 236/8(50 overs)
India 231/7(44.2 overs)

11.37pm India were stuttering and stumbling, faltering at 131 for 7 when Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar soaked up all the pressure from Sri Lanka and Akila Dananjaya, who led his team to that position with six wickets. From then on, it was a cruise as India coasted to a three-wicket win with time to spare. Sri Lanka finally found some quality and class but that was still not enough. What will be? They'll need some answers, but India keep finding ways to win, despite being in tough situations.

Presentation time. This could be interesting.

Akila Dananjaya is the Man of the Match: "The offspin was working, so continuously used the variations. I came back to the hotel at around 11PM last evening."

Upul Tharanga: "Disappointed, we came really close. We didn't capitalise again. They had a good start. Once they needed 100 runs, we tried everything. We just couldn't get the breakthrough. Our bowling and fielding has improved."

Virat Kohli: "Quite an exciting game of cricket, fans and players entertained. Good to come through eventually. Two 100-run partnerships in a chase of 230 with seven wickets, that's quite bizarre. When you're 110 for 1, in a chase of 230, you want to give everyone a chance to bat. We don't have any regrets. If i had gone at No. 3, I would have still missed that ball because he was bowling that well. We thought he was the offspinner with a good legbreak, but he got four wickets off googlies. We'll be more careful next time. Credit to him for pitching the ball in the right areas."

44.3
1w
Vishwa Fernando to Dhoni, 1 wide

and that's the game. Short down leg and the game is finished with a wide. India take a 2-0 lead in the series. That's a terrific rearguard effort after falling to 131 for 7. Dhoni again, and Bhuvneshwar, comfortably taking them through in the end.

44.2
1
Vishwa Fernando to Bhuvneshwar, 1 run

136 kph, short on off, guided to third man. India can't lose this one. Fine effort

44.1
Vishwa Fernando to Bhuvneshwar, no run

134 kph, short and wide, angled across, Bhuvneshwar does not get bat on that. Dhoni has a chat with Bhuvi

SL can do with a hat-trick

end of over 446 runs
INDIA: 229/7CRR: 5.20 RRR: 0.66
MS Dhoni45 (68b 1x4)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar52 (78b 4x4 1x6)
Akila Dananjaya 10-0-54-6
Vishwa Fernando 6-0-30-0
43.6
2
Dananjaya to Dhoni, 2 runs

gets right to the pitch, nudged through square leg in typical bunty fashion for two more. Superb spell from Dananjaya

43.5
Dananjaya to Dhoni, no run

short and wide, crashed to mid-off. "No, no" he says

43.4
1
Dananjaya to Bhuvneshwar, 1 run

flat and straight, flicked to square leg for one

43.3
2
Dananjaya to Bhuvneshwar, 2 runs

tossed up outside off, driven to deep cover for a couple to get to fifty. Sensational innings from Bhuvneshwar this

43.2
1
Dananjaya to Dhoni, 1 run

the legbreak outside off, carved to deep point. Refuses the second

SL's last crack

43.1
Dananjaya to Dhoni, no run

short outside off, hit to cover

Dananjaya

Animesh: "Only 12 times in ODI history has a bowler taken 6 wickets and still ended up on the losing side. It has happened twice in 2017, both times involving non test playing nations."

end of over 436 runs
INDIA: 223/7CRR: 5.18 RRR: 2.00
MS Dhoni42 (64b 1x4)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar49 (76b 4x4 1x6)
Vishwa Fernando 6-0-30-0
Dushmantha Chameera 7-0-45-0
42.6
1
Vishwa Fernando to Dhoni, 1 run

back of a length outside off, guided away to the sweeper cover.

Around the wicket

42.5
Vishwa Fernando to Dhoni, no run

good length around off, blocked

42.4
1
Vishwa Fernando to Bhuvneshwar, 1 run

138 kph, superbly hit through cover for a run to the sweeper cover

Just 10 needed. It is the highest eighth wicket partnership for India in ODIs

42.3
1
Vishwa Fernando to Dhoni, 1 run

good length outside off, a thick inside edge towards midwicket. Chippin' away

Ishan Jain: "Malinga has taken 7 wickets in 10 innings since his comeback. He doesn't look threatening at all, not even in T20's. He needs to redefine his bowling, otherwise he will lose his place soon."

42.2
1
Vishwa Fernando to Bhuvneshwar, 1 run

full outside off, another nice punchy drive to cover. Moves to 48

42.2
1w
Vishwa Fernando to Bhuvneshwar, 1 wide

a short short delivery on off, way over head and gives India one more free run

The crowd now filtering out

42.1
1
Vishwa Fernando to Dhoni, 1 run

full and wide, punched to the sweeper cover. All too easy currently

end of over 4211 runs
INDIA: 217/7CRR: 5.16 RRR: 2.80
Bhuvneshwar Kumar47 (74b 4x4 1x6)
MS Dhoni39 (60b 1x4)
Dushmantha Chameera 7-0-45-0
Lasith Malinga 8-0-49-0
41.6
4
Chameera to Bhuvneshwar, FOUR runs

four more. Looking for the yorker, drifts down leg and Bhuvneshwar tickles that fine, gets four to fine leg. Is this game done now? Bhuvi on 47

41.5
Chameera to Bhuvneshwar, no run

it's short down leg, 135 kph, ducks underneath

41.4
1
Chameera to Dhoni, 1 run

86 mph, on the pads, worked away to midwicket. Calmly sends Bhuvneshwar back

41.3
1
Chameera to Bhuvneshwar, 1 run

full and straight, easily pushed down to long-on

Best performances - batters
TAM Siriwardana
TAM Siriwardana SL
58 runs (58)
2 fours1 six
Control
90%
Productive shot
pull
12 runs
1 four1 six
44612021011
RG Sharma
RG Sharma INDIA
54 runs (45)
5 fours3 sixes
Control
74%
Productive shot
cover drive
12 runs
2 fours0 six
11139124113
Best performances - bowlers
A Dananjaya
A Dananjaya SL
O
10
M
0
R
54
W
6
ECO
5.4
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
3W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
JJ Bumrah
JJ Bumrah INDIA
O
10
M
2
R
43
W
4
ECO
4.3
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
1W
Match details
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
TossIndia, elected to field first
Series
Season2017
Player Of The Match
Sri Lanka
Akila Dananjaya
Series resultIndia led the 5-match series 2-0
Match numberODI no. 3906
Hours of play (local time)14:30 start, First Session 14:30-18:00, Interval 18:00-18:45, Second Session 18:45-22:15
Match days24 August 2017 - daynight (50-over match)
Umpires
Australia
Paul Reiffel
Sri Lanka
Ranmore Martinesz
TV Umpire
West Indies
Joel Wilson
Reserve Umpire
Sri Lanka
Ruchira Palliyaguruge
Match Referee
Zimbabwe
Andy Pycroft
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