When things looked bleak Dhoni (45*) held his nerve and Bhuvneshwar Kumar showed surprising aprtitude with the willow cracking a maiden ODI fifty as they rescued India from 131 for 7. Indian team wanted to test how players like KL Rahul and Kedar Jadhav reacted to unfamiliar batting positions. The way we played we are having lot of confidence. Great start for Sri Lanka, poor fielding by Kedar Jadhav.
Dhoni and Bhuvi played an incredible knock to rescue the Indian team when all the other batsmen came tumbling down after facing the wrath of the Dananjaya who's six wicket haul made everyone believe that the match has slipped from the grip of the Indian team.
Dhoni and the young lad, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, fought the most nerve-racking situation of the match easily. But, Akila Dananjaya wreaked havoc by taking 6 wickets.
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Dananjaya is another product of Sri Lanka's seemingly endless reserves of special bowlers, an off-spinner who can also bowl leg-spin, googly, "doosra", and even the carrom ball.
Sri Lanka: Chamara Kapugedara (captain), Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanna, Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Chamara Kapugedera, Milinda Siriwardana, Malinda Pushpakumara, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Thisara Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lasith Malinga, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando.
With India in complete control, Sri Lanka struck back with two wickets in quick succession.
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Bhuvneshwar Kumar and MS Dhoni walk back after sealing Indias win against Sri Lanka with their eighth-wicket partnership at Pallekele, on Thursday. "We have affected probably the most number of run-outs in Test cricket over the last few years", he said. "Credit to him for pitching the ball in the right areas". All the wickets that he took were with deliveries that came in.
Sri Lanka vs India: The third One Day International between India and Sri Lanka is going to take place today.
Here's a closer look at the 39-year-old former Sri Lankan cricketer who till date rules the hearts of cricketing fans. Rain and thunderstorms are expected in the evening so don't be surprised if we have a rain curtailed game.
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