Deepak Chahar was India’s wrecker-in-chief in the second One Day International of the three-match series against Sri Lanka. Halfway through the second innings, the Indian team’s odds of making a comeback, let alone winning, were exceedingly slim. Chahar, on the other hand, demonstrated his outstanding batting abilities as he led India to a historic three-wicket win.
With a win in the second ODI, the Men in Blue have also won the three-match series by a score of 2-0. India were down and out at 193 for seven after Sri Lanka set a goal of 276 runs. Chahar, on the other hand, dragged the squad back from the brink of extinction with a stunning 69-run knock.
Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar put up an 84-run partnership for the eighth wicket to help the pursuit conclude successfully. The seamer’s unbeaten 69 off 82 balls was the second-highest score by an Indian batsman batting at number eight in the 50-over format.
Chahar posted a few heartfelt photos on his official Instagram account to commemorate Team India’s historic triumph. The images posted by the bowler were from the second ODI, when the other Indian players came onto the field after Chahar struck the winning runs. The 28-year-old also posted photos of himself hitting. “We play for these moments,” the Agra native captioned the photo.
Chahar posted another social media post on Instagram a few hours later to thank the cricket community for all of their love and well wishes. The right-hander posted a video of himself hitting a boundary on the first ball of the last over to successfully finish the run chase. Along with the video, there were two photos of Chahar enjoying the occasion with his companion Bhuvneshwar.
Chahar, whose previous high score was 12, shown amazing determination and calm under duress to lead his side to victory with five balls to spare. He struck the winning boundary just as he should have. It was India’s seventh straight bilateral series victory against Sri Lanka.
The third One-Day International (ODI) will be played on Friday. After Sri Lanka batted better than expected to record 275 for nine, India was expected to cruise to victory.
However, the bulk of Indian batsmen’s shot selection was poor, giving their struggling opponents hope.
With the exception of Chahar and Suryakumar Yadav (53), the Indian batters struggled. Wanindu Hasaranga, a leg-spinner, plagued the Indians with his variations and ended up being his team’s standout bowler.
Early in the chase, India felt the pressure from Prithvi Shaw and Ishan Kishan, who both blasted away the opposition in the opening on Sunday, going out to poor shots.