Spinners, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa provide Sri Lanka critical Superleague points
47-over sports Sri Lanka 227 for 7 (Fernando 76, Rajapaksa 65, Chahar 3-fifty four, Sakariya 2-34)
beat India 225 (Shaw 49, Dananjaya 3-forty four, Jayawickrama three-fifty nine) through three wickets
Sri Lanka spinners ripped thru India’s middle order after a long rain break, taking five wickets inside the space of 38 runs,
to knock the wind out of India’s innings. Then, chasing 227 in forty-seven overs, opener Avishka Fernando compiled a mature 76 off ninety-eight balls to put Sri Lanka on the brink of victory.
There had been a few middle-order jitters, but the 109-run 2nd-wicket partnership Fernando had placed on with Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who hit sixty-five off fifty-six, had made enough floor to subsequently see the hosts clamber to their second ODI win of the 12 months. The prevailing runs had been hit with 3 wickets and forty-eight balls to spare, earning Sri Lanka 10 valuable ODI incredible League points. They pass to 11th at the table. Best the first seven teams gain a computerized qualification.
India, fielding as many as 5 debutants, and having made six adjustments to the side that sealed the collection on Tuesday, had been, for a trade, the group that made the most errors.
Similar to losing wickets in a heap, there have been negative opinions, and at the least three dropped catches. They had had one exact partnership, between Prithvi Shaw and Sanju Samson, which was really worth seventy-four, however, none of their batsmen hit a half-century in distinctly accurate batting conditions.
With what was essentially a third-string assault on a display for India, the bowling lacked the threat the likes of Yuzvendra Chahal and Deepak Chahar provided earlier inside the series. Although Rahul Chahar’s leg-spin caused issues overdue in his spell, precipitating the autumn of four Sri Lanka wickets for 26 runs, they were usually suffering to derail the chase.
It wasn’t clean for hosts, however. It fell to No. 7 Ramesh Mendis and No. 9 Akila Dananjaya to finish the victory. If Shikhar Dhawan had taken a tough chance off Rajapaksa on 32, or if Shaw at slip had hung on to a threat off Mendis first ball, there was a risk panic that should have overtaken the Sri Lanka dressing room.
In advance, India was sizzling a direction to a total inside the range of 300 when the rains arrived. They had been 147 for 3 after 23 overs, with Suryakumar Yadav fast warming to his work, Manish Pandey batting alongside him.
But Sri Lanka’s spinners suddenly appeared an awful lot extra threatening after the hundred-minute interruption. Pandey edged debutant Praveen Jayawickrama in the back of inside the 25th over, then Hardik Pandya becomes given out lbw (upon review) in opposition to the identical bowler, within the twenty-ninth.
Dananjaya then took over, finding purchase with both his off-wreck and the leg destroy. He had Yadav lbw for 40 off 37, then k Gowtham lbw as properly, the batter lacking a full toss. Later in that identical over, when Rana sent an outside part to the keeper, India had been reduced to 195 for eight.
The spinners took 3 wickets apiece, Dananjaya freely giving best 14 runs off his last 5 overs, after his first 5 had long past for 30. Chamika Karunaratne and Dushmantha Chameera then got here lower back into the attack to bop out the tail, and feature India all out at the start of the 44th over.
Sri Lanka lost Minod Bhanuka inside the sixth over of the chase,
but Fernando performed a limited inning, hitting best of the awful balls away,
and taking few of his regular dangers even within the powerplay.
Rajapaksa lived extra dangerously, as soon as inner-edging Hardik Pandya passed the keeper even as on 20,
but additionally produced
some beautifully timed obstacles, once in a while making room or coming down the track to blast the spinners.
With Rajapaksa on the attack, Fernando settled right into a rhythm of taking singles and twos into the outfield,
gradually advancing his score, and reaching his 2d half of-century of the collection off the 53rd ball he confronted. Rajapaksa introduced up his maiden ODI fifty with a reverse-swept boundary off Chahar in the 20th over. He became out now not long after, stuck at nice leg off Chetan Sakariya,
but had made a precious – if streaky – contribution.
The handiest different partnerships of being aware inside the match have been among Shaw and Samson. India had prompt quickly for the duration of the powerplay, and regardless of the loss of Dhawan,
had been sixty-six for 1 after 10 overs.
Early inside the center overs, the batting pair have been causing on setting the spinners underneath stress. Shaw, as an example, struck 3 fours in 4 balls in Jayawickrama’s 0.33 ODI over. Their aggression also contributed to their downfall, however. Shaw turned out for a run-a-ball forty-nine while he overlooked a leg-aspect shot against Dasun Shanaka,
and Samson came down the music trying to hit Jayawickrama interior out and become stuck at the cover for a run-a-ball forty-six.