India pacer Deepak Chahar, who was an sudden hero with the bat in the second ODI in opposition to Sri Lanka, on Tuesday mentioned coach Rahul Dravid’s belief in his batting impressed him to produce a match-winning knock for his crew. Chahar got here forward of the extra completed Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the batting order after India misplaced their six wickets for 160 runs whereas chasing 276. In the tip, they each solid an unbeaten 84-run stand to script a three-wicket win for India.
“No higher means to win the match for the nation. Rahul sir informed me to play all of the balls. I’ve performed a number of innings with India A (when Dravid was coach) and I believe he has belief in me.
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“He told me he thinks I’m good enough to be a No. 7 (but he batted at 8). He has belief in me. Hopefully in the coming matches I don’t have to bat. When we came under 50 that’s when I believed we can win. Before that it was ball by ball. I took some risks after,” mentioned Chahar on the put up match presentation.
Prior to this recreation, his highest scored in worldwide cricket was 12.
“It was sizzling on the market, we did properly there. Got two wickets. We managed to cease them at 270 (275 truly). It was an honest rating on this wicket.
“Only one thing that was going on in my mind: this is the kind of innings I’ve been dreaming of. No better way to win the match for the country,” he mentioned speaking about his mindset in the center.
India had romped to victory in the primary ODI but it surely took much more effort on Tuesday.
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Tail-ender Deepak Chahar introduced India again from the lifeless with a steely 69 off 82 balls and script the visiting crew’s series-sealing victory in the second ODI in opposition to Sri Lanka right here on Tuesday.
Chasing 276, India had been down and out at 193 for seven earlier than Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (19 not out off 28) solid an unbeaten 84-run stand to seal a memorable win for the guests who prolonged their document of not dropping an ODI on Sri Lanka soil since 2012.
A struggling Sri Lankan outfit badly wanted a morale-boosting win however has solely itself to blame for not ending the job from a commanding place.
Chahar, whose highest rating earlier than this recreation was 12, confirmed outstanding resolve and composure beneath stress to take his crew over the road with 5 balls to spare. He fittingly hit the successful boundary.
It was India’s ninth consecutive bilateral sequence win over Sri Lanka. The third ODI will likely be performed on Friday.
It was anticipated to be one other snug chase for India after Sri Lanka put an improved batting effort to put up 275 for 9.
However, questionable shot choice from nearly all of the Indian batsmen gave their struggling opponents hope.
Barring Chahar and Suryakumar Yadav (53), the Indian batsmen faltered. Leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga troubled the Indians together with his variations and ended up being the stand out bowler for his crew.