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Krunal Pandya hug: Krunal hugs Charith Asalanka in lovely ‘Spirit of Cricket’ moment in Colombo ODI

Dixit Bhargav

Krunal Pandya hug: Krunal hugs Charith Asalanka in lovely 'Spirit of Cricket' moment in Colombo ODI

Krunal Pandya: The Indian all-rounder was seen putting on display a lovely Spirit of Cricket moment in the first ODI today.

During the first ODI of the ongoing India’s tour of Sri Lanka in Colombo, India all-rounder Krunal Pandya was involved in a lovely “Spirit of Cricket” moment with Sri Lanka batsman Charith Asalanka.

It all happened on the third delivery of the 22nd over when Sri Lanka vice-captain Dhananjaya de Silva hit a Krunal Pandya delivery back towards the non-striker Asalanka.

In what was nearly going to be a collision between Krunal Pandya and Asalanka, both of them avoided the same primarily due to the non-interest regarding running a single among batsmen.

However, just as Pandya got up after his tumble to collect the ball, he gladly hugged Asalanka as the gesture was appreciated by cricket fans across the world.

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Having completed his full quota of overs, Pandya was the most economical Indian bowler with bowling figures of 10-1-26-1  as he forced Dhananjaya de Silva (14) to play an aerial shot in the 25th over.

Earlier, it was Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka who had won the toss and chose to bat. While the Sri Lankan batsmen batted much sensibly as compared to their performance in England, they still managed to enter a spot of bother at the R Premdasa Stadium.

Eventually, it was pacer Chamika Karunaratne who top-scored with his 43* (35) comprising of a four and two sixes as the home team posted a competitive 262/9 in their allotted quota of 50 overs. With bowling figures of 7-1-37-2, Deepak Chahar was the pick of the Indian bowlers.

Krunal Pandya hugs Charith Asalanka in Colombo ODI

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Dixit Bhargav

Dixit Bhargav


Born and brought up in Pathankot, Dixit Bhargav is an engineering and sports management graduate who works as a Cricket Editor at The SportsRush. Having written more than 10,000 articles across more than five years at TSR, his first cricketing memory dates back to 2002 when former India captain Sourav Ganguly had waved his jersey at the historic Lord’s balcony. What followed for an 8-year-old was an instant adulation for both Ganguly and the sport. The optimist in him is waiting for the day when Punjab Kings will win their maiden Indian Premier League title. When not watching cricket, he is mostly found in a cinema hall watching a Punjabi movie.

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