Mohali: India scripted a thumping 144 run victory against Sri Lanka in the 2nd ODI on Monday at the Punjab Cricket Association, to level the 3-match series 1-1. Rohit Sharma smashed his third double ton that saw the Men in Blue run out as comfortable winners in the end.
After Sri Lanka opted to bowl first, openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit provided India with a solid start. However, it was the Mumbai batsman who showed why he is rated among the best batsmen, battering the opposition bowlers round the park.
Such was the pace of Rohit’s 153-ball unbeaten 200 that after notching his ton in 115 deliveries, he smacked the next one in just 36 balls. Shreyas Iyer was another vital contributor as India set up a total of 392-4.
In reply, the visitors looked toothless and never seemed like making their way into the match. Angelo Mathews, however stood tall among the Lanka batsman, blasting a century, but his lone efforts weren’t enough to seal the series.
In the end, India clinched a big victory by the margin of 141 runs to keep the series alive.
Sri Lanka 236-8 after 37 overs:
CENTURY! It's a well-deserved ton for Mathews, who has been the linchpin of the Lanka batting. Despite losing partners at the other end, he stuck at the crease to keep the visitors in the hunt. But it's already too late.
Well fought @Angelo69Mathews and a excellent knock. Well done India on levelling the series.. looking forward to the decider. 👊— Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) December 13, 2017
Sri Lanka 207-8 after 41 overs
WICKET! Bumrah bowls a short one at Dananjaya, who is unable to make his mind. The ball makes contact with the gloves and lands straight at Rohit to short backward square leg.
Sri Lanka 180-7 after 34 overs
WICKET! Bhuvneshwar bowls it outside off and Pathirana looks to punch it over extra-cover. Doesn't make good contact and gives Dhawan an easy catch.
Sri Lanka 166-6 after 31 overs
WICKET! Chahal on a roll, gets rid of Thisara Perera. The batsman goes for a mighty slog, but fails to connect. The ball nicks the bat, then brushes the pad before going up in the air. Dhoni at short leg streches to complete the dismissal.
WICKET! Chahal gets his second. Gunaratne attempts to smack it over extra cover, but is bamboozled by a slow one by the leggie. Dhoni does the rest behind the wickets.
Sri Lanka 116-4 from 23 overs
WICKET! Dickwella falls cheaply. The southpaw slashes a delivery outside Chahal and guides it straight to Sundar at short third.
Sri Lanka 67-3 from 16 overs
Washington Sundar picks up maiden ODI wicket, Lahiru Thirimanne departs cleaned bowled by the young off spinner. The batsman tries for reverse sweep only to see the ball hit the timber.
Sri Lanka 41-2 from 10 overs
Early strikes by Team India bowlers Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah have put Sri Lanka under little pressure. With Tharanga and Gunathilaka back to pavillion, the onus will be on Lahiru Thirimanne and Angelo Mathews to steady Sri Lanka innings.
Sri Lanka 30-2 from 7.3 overs
WICKET! Sri Lanka have lost Danushka Gunathilaka, who has departed for 156 runs. Is this the beginning of Sri Lanka's collapse?
Sri Lanka 15-1 from 3.5 overs
WICKET! Upul Tharanga's poor form continues, as he departs for just seven runs.
Rohit Sharma scored an unbeaten 213 runs as India posted 392/4 in 50 overs in the second ODI at IS Bindra- PCA Stadium in Mohali. After winning the toss Sri Lanka decided to bowl first.
Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan started cautiously before cutting lose . Dhawan scored 68 runs before he was caught by Thirimanne off Pathirana. Rohit along with Shreyas Iyer (88 runs), then stitched together 213 run partnership for the second wicket to put India in commanding position.
After Iyer's wicket Rohit changed gears as he single handedly destroyed Sri Lankan bowling attack hitting them for sixes with ease. Sri Lanka bowlers were left helpless as Team India skipper was plundering the attack all over the park. Nuwan Pradeep was at the receiving end for Sri Lanka as he gave away 106 runs without taking a single wicket.
Sri Lanka skipper Thisara Perera was the most successful bowler picking up 3/80.
India 392-4 from 50 overs
Hardik Pandya was the last wicket to fall on the final ball of the innings. Rohit Sharma finishes the innings with his third double century, while Shreyas Iyer scored 88 ruins as both the batsman put on 213 run stand for the second wicket. The Indian captain provided the late flourish to put his team firmly in control of the match.
India 354-3 from 47.3 overs
Thisara Perera strikes, removes MS Dhoni for 7. Slower ball from the Sri Lanka captain as Dhoni fails to connect and the ball hit his back leg.
India 328-2 from 45.3 overs
Shreyas Iyer departs after scoring 88. Thisara Perera picks up wicket.The Mumbai isses out on well deserved hundred. Iyer tried to pull slow short ball but ends up hitting to substitute fielder de silva at deep mid wicket.
India 321-1 from 45 overs
Change of gears for Rohit Sharma and Shreyas Iyer as they go after Sri Lankan bowlers hitting them allover the park. Rohit completes his 150 with a six and looks all set to score yet another double century.
India 245-1 from 40 overs
Shreyas Iyer scored his maiden ODI half century, while Rohit Sharma completed his 16th ODI century to put India in driver's seat.
India 242-1 from 39.3 overs
Rohit Sharma scores his 16th ODI century. A captain's knock from Team India opener.
India 224-1 from 38 overs
Shreyas Iyer completes maiden ODI fifty gets pat from skipper Rohit Sharma
India 204-1 from 35 overs
Shreyas Iyer survives yet again . First it was LBW appeal and now Sri Lankans appeal for a catch but the ball bumped on the ground and went to the fielder. Frustating timne for Lankans who have failed to get another breakthrough.
India 170-1 from 30 overs
Shreyas Iyer started the innings slowly and have provided good support to Rohit Sharma. After failing to score big runs in 1st ODI the youngster has so far showed great composure and is slowly heading towards scoring his maiden ODI 50
India 133-1 from 25 overs
After putting up century stand Team India lose Shikhar Dhawan, who lost his wicket after completing his 23rd ODI fifty. Sachith Pathirana provided the breakthrough for the Lankans.
India 115-1 from 21.1 overs
WICKET! Shikhar Dhawan departs, Sri Lanka strike. Sachith Pathirana picks up first wicket of Indian innings. After seeing the batsman coming down the track Pathirana bowls the ball fuller on leg stump. Dhawan goes through with the shot but hits it straight into the hands of Thirimanne at short mid-wicket.
India 108-0 from 20 overs
India have eased past 100, as the duo of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have brought up their century-run partnership.
India 75/0 from 15 overs
FIFTY! What a brilliant knock by Shikhar Dhawan, as he gets to his 23rd ODI half-century. Can he take India all the way?
India 33/0 from 10 overs
Sri Lanka bowlers have failed to get breakthrough as Dhawan and Sharma make steady start
India 20/0 from 5 overs
Steady start by Team India openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, who have managed to keep Sri Lankan bowlers at bay.
Mohali: Sri Lanka skipper Thisara Perera has won the toss and the visitors have elected to bowl in the second ODI at IS Bindra-PCA Stadium here on Wednesday.
While Sri Lanka have retained the playing XI which powered them to a seven-wicket win in Dharamshala, India have made one change to their side as Kuldeep Yadav made way for debutant Washington Sundar.
The Tamil Nadu youngster was handed his ODI cap by Team India head coach Ravi Shastri.
Here's the Playing XI of Team India
IND XI: RG Sharma, S Dhawan, S Iyer, D Karthik, M Pandey, MS Dhoni, H Pandya, B Kumar, W Sundar, J Bumrah, Y Chahal— BCCI (@BCCI) December 13, 2017
Sri Lanka's Playing XI:
Danushka Gunathilaka, Upul Tharanga, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella(wicketkeeper), Asela Gunaratne, Thisara Perera(captain), Sachith Pathirana, Suranga Lakmal, Akila Dananjaya, Nuwan Pradeep
After facing an embarrassing defeat in Dharmashala against Sri Lanka, Team India will be eager to level the series in the 2nd ODI which will be played at the IS Bindra-PCA Stadium in Mohali on Wednesday.
The Sri Lankans, who ended their 12-match losing streak with a win at Dharamsala, will look to close the series by winning the second ODI in Mohali.
Suranga Lakmal and the rest of the Sri Lankan pacers, who had blown away Indian batsmen, will once again look to do the same.
Lankan skipper Thisara Perera has asked for a Dharamshala-like performance from his team in Mohali. "It is a good opportunity to win the series. Not many teams have won series in India. We want to do something special like we did in Dharamsala," he said.
Rohit Sharma, who is leading Team India in absence of newly married Virat Kohli, said that loss in first ODI was an eye opener for the team. He had promised that the team will learn from Dharamsala debacle and bounce back in the remaining two games.
“It is important to thrive in these conditions and come out good. It is an eye-opener for all of us," said Rohit said at the post-match conference.
For Team India the onus will be on batsman to deliver the goods this time around after failing miserably in Dharamshala. After the experienced Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan fell early, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik, Manish Pandey and Hardik Pandya failed to make a big score. It was MS Dhoni's fighting 65, which saved India from embarrassment, else the home side would well have registered their lowest ever total in ODIs.Squads:
India: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Washington Sundar, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul.
Sri Lanka: Thisara Perera (Captain), Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella (wicketkeeper), Chaturanga de Silva, Akila, Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dushmantha Chameera, Sachith Pathirana, Kusal Perera.
The match is scheduled to start at 11:30 am.
Where you can watch the match live?
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