Ind vs. SL 2nd ODI Highlights:
- India beat Sri Lanka by four wickets to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.
- First victory in a day-night ODI run chase at Eden Gardens since 2009, to the bowling team’s advantage.
- A special laser showin Pele’s honour.
- Rahul Dravid smiles as Eden Gardens shows his stats.
- Kuldeep was the man of the match.
The Eden Gardens in Kolkata hosted the second game of the three-match ODI series between India and Sri Lanka. India defeated Sri Lanka by four wickets to take a comfortable 2-0 series lead. At Eden Gardens on January 12, Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka chose to bat first after winning the toss. His choice turned out to be incorrect.In 39.4 overs, India easily dismissed the Lankan squad for 215 runs. The Sri Lankan team scored 200 runs in some mysterious way. In 39.4 overs, they were limited to 215 runs. In response, despite losing early wickets, the Indian team reached the target in 43.2 overs. After taking six wickets, Team India scored 219 runs to win the game.
India got off to a rough start. Virat and Rohit’s bats did not function. Four of India’s batsmen have left the field by 86 runs. After scoring 28 runs, the skipper Rohit, 17, Shubman Gill, 21, Kohli, 4, and Shreyas Iyer were all out.Mohammad Siraj and Kuldeep Yadav were responsible for Team India’s success in bowling. On the other hand time, KL Rahul, an accomplished batsman, excelled in the middle batting lineup. After four wickets fell for 86 runs, he took over the innings as he and Hardik Pandya added 75 runs for the fifth wicket.After facing 53 balls and scoring 36 runs, Hardik was given the boot. Rahul had Akshar Patel’s support after him.
For the sixth wicket, they combined for a partnership of 30 runs. KL Kuldeep Yadav got 10 runs off 10 balls, and Rahul scored methodically and remained undefeated on 63 off 103 balls. Rahul hit a single on Rajita’s opening ball to reach his fifty in the 41st over.
Earlier, Sri Lankan debutant Nuvanidu Fernando scored the maximum runs with 50. 34 runs were contributed by Kushal Mendis, and 32 by Dimuth Velalge.
Remarkably, this was the first victorious day-night ODI run chase at Eden Gardens since 2009; the previous seven matches there over that 14-year span all ended in the bowling team’s advantage.
The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) prepared a laser show in honour of Pele, who sadly died the previous year on December 29. Viewers at the Eden Gardens were delighted as the show was brilliantly executed.
Rahul Dravid’s impressive numbers for India were projected on the Eden Gardens’ enormous screen in Kolkata.
Rahul could not help but smile, flashing an adorable, beaming grin in the direction of the display and laughing out loud in the Indian dugout as the commentary team praised the great player for his outstanding contributions to Indian cricket.
Now Thiruvananthapuram’s Greenfield International Stadium will host the third and final game.