The Indian team made an incredible comeback to beat the hosts from Sri Lanka in the second ODI of a series of three matches in Colombo, winning the series with a victory with three wickets.
Pursuing a goal of 276, India was reduced to 193/7 in the pursuit, before Deepak Chahar (69 *) led India to victory together Bhuvneshwar Kumar (19 *). The duo created an unbeaten 83-year partnership to steer the country to a remarkable return.
Sri Lanka was firmly in the game before the partnership, and the country’s head coach Mickey Arthur seemed far from happy after the loss. After the match, Arthur was spotted engaging in a heated discussion with the Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka.
In response to the discussion, former Sri Lankan cricketer Russell Arnold said the discussion should have taken place in the locker room, not on the field.
Earlier, the legendary former spinner Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka had indicated that Sri Lanka had made a mistake by not continuing with their spinner Wanindu Hasaranga after the arrival of Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the fold.
“I have told you before, if Sri Lanka takes three straps in the first 10-15 overs, India will fight and in fact India is fighting. Great efforts by (Deepak) Chahar and Bouvneswar (Kumar) made them win,” Muralitaran said. in ESPNCricinfo.
“And they (Sri Lanka) also made some mistakes. He had to bowle Vanindu Hasaranga, instead of holding him, he had to bowle him and try to take a wicket.
“If they were to take one door out of Bhuvneshwar or Chahar when two other tails came, it would be difficult to pursue 8-9 collisions … they made some mistakes, but this is an inexperienced country.”