For what was supposed to be a straightforward run chase, India almost made a right mess of it last night. But just when everything seemed to be falling apart, Bhuvneshwar Kumar scored a brilliant 53 to guide India to victory in the second ODI of the five match series against Sri Lanka.
Guided by the experienced head of MS Dhoni at the other end, Bhuvi showed us why the Indian team thinks so highly of his batting a he displayed a level of composure that was lacking in some of the top order batsmen.
After the match, skipper Virat Kohli spoke about how he had no regrets about changing the batting order during the innings.
“When you’re 110 for 1 in a chase of 230, you want to give everyone a chance to bat. I don’t have any regrets. If I had come at No.3, I would have still missed that ball because he (Akila Dananjaya) was bowling that well,” Kolhi, who was dismissed for just four runs, said.
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“It was quite an exciting game of cricket, fans and players must have been entertained. It is good for us to come through eventually. Two 100-run partnerships in a chase of 230 with seven wickets, that’s quite bizarre. This kind of thing does not happen in this game often,” he added.
Kohli also took time to praise Akila Dananjaya, as the Lankan spinner took 6 for 54 in his ten overs for the team.
“We thought he was the off-spinner with a good leg-break, 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.”