Sri Lanka produced an exceptional batting display to secure a seven-wicket win against India and keep their semi-final hopes alive. Even though they beat India convincingly, Sri Lanka’s bowling, much like India’s, left a lot to be desired as both teams conceded a combined 643 runs.
Shikhar Dhawan’s ability to play the short ball puts India in control
The Indian opener seems to be more comfortable in English conditions than anywhere else in the world, averaging an incredible 79 in the European country. In the first match, the Pakistani bowlers tried to keep the ball short and paid the price for it. However, they learnt their lesson and started going a little fuller as the game progressed. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, kept bowling short and on his leg stump throughout his innings and Dhawan was more than happy to just keep exploiting the leg side. When they tried to go on the off-side, the Indian star was comfortable in cutting them, in both behind and in front of the square on the off-side
Sri Lanka lacked a proper plan against MS Dhoni
Sri Lanka came in with a set game plan for both Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh. The Sri Lankans tried to snuff out both players, by bowling just outside the off-stump. Even if Yuvraj's dismissal had an element of luck attached to it, the Kohli wicket was the plan coming together perfectly. However, when it came to Dhoni, Sri Lanka seemed completely lost. Not only did they bowl without a plan, with every bowler trying something different when it came to the death overs, they struggled to find the
Jadeja’s off day creates a problem for Kohli
Pandya’s inexperience costs India
If any bowler could leave the ground with his head held high, today, it had to be Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The 2017 IPL Purple cap winner bowled a brilliant first spell, not allowing any sort of space for the Sri Lankans to exploit. The remaining
The second wicket partnership secures win for Sri Lanka
While the blame rests squarely at the feet of the Indian bowlers, it would be harsh not to credit the Sri Lankans for their monumental effort as they equalled their highest ever ODI chase. Even though they lost an early wicket, Kusal Mendis and Danushka Gunathilaka ensured that the run rate never went out of sight. Once they had settled in, the duo took a lead in the game and despite being failed to complete centuries, the 159-run partnership set up the game brilliantly for the middle order to
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