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.
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."
136 kph, short on off, guided to third man. India can't lose this one. Fine effort
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
gets right to the pitch, nudged through square leg in typical bunty fashion for two more. Superb spell from Dananjaya
short and wide, crashed to mid-off. "No, no" he says
flat and straight, flicked to square leg for one
tossed up outside off, driven to deep cover for a couple to get to fifty. Sensational innings from Bhuvneshwar this
the legbreak outside off, carved to deep point. Refuses the second
SL's last crack
short outside off, hit to cover
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."
back of a length outside off, guided away to the sweeper cover.
Around the wicket
good length around off, blocked
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
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."
full outside off, another nice punchy drive to cover. Moves to 48
a short short delivery on off, way over head and gives India one more free run
The crowd now filtering out
full and wide, punched to the sweeper cover. All too easy currently
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
it's short down leg, 135 kph, ducks underneath
86 mph, on the pads, worked away to midwicket. Calmly sends Bhuvneshwar back
full and straight, easily pushed down to long-on
|Pallekele International Cricket Stadium|
|Toss||India, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||India led the 5-match series 2-0|
|Match number||ODI 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 days||24 August 2017 - daynight (50-over match)|