Dhoni, Bhuvneshwar salvage India win after Dananjaya's six-for sparks collapse

Dhoni, Bhuvneshwar salvage India win after Dananjaya's six-for sparks collapse

Dhoni, Bhuvneshwar salvage India win after Dananjaya's six-for sparks collapse

Former India skipper MS Dhoni and pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar came to Team India's rescue and anchored the visitors to a 3-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the second ODI of the five-match series in Kandy.

Leg-spinner Akila Dananjaya returned career-best figures of 6-54 to make India stutter at 131-7 while chasing a Duckworth-Lewis revised target of 231 in 47 overs in Pallekele. In the chase, they managed only a solitary wicket via a runout as India raced to victory in just 28.5 overs.

India have not been challenged on this long tour of Sri Lanka.

However, MS Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar had other plans in mind. When we're getting new players every game, it gets very hard from a confidence point of view.

Whether the team gets the challenge or not, but for the players like Akshar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal, this series is important, whose eyes are on making the team in place for the next World Cup. Also the turning moment came when Dhoni played onto his stumps in the 34th over but the bails didn't come down.

Fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera and all-rounders Akila Dananjaya and Milinda Siriwardana have been drafted in.

Rohit crunched three maximums en route to a 32nd ODI fifty that formed part of a formidable 109-run opening stand with Shikhar Dhawan (49) as India looked set to motor comfortably to victory.

"It was a case of having two left-arm spinners that led us not playing Kuldeep in the first game".

That compounded the misery for the national side after they suffered a humiliating ODI home series defeat against bottom-ranked Zimbabwe and bowed out early from the Champions Trophy in England."I don't want to interfere in the administration", Jayasekera said.

In any case, though the situation suited Bhuvneshwar's solid defensive technique, he still had to decrypt Dananjaya, who had fooled far more accomplished batsmen with his googly and his legbreak.

At one stage of the innings, Sri Lanka were reduced to 121/5 but it was the partnership between Milinda Siriwardana and Chamara Kapugedera for the sixth wicket that helped the hosts to cross 200 mark. At 139 for 1, Sri Lanka had reached a solid position before crashing to 216 all out.

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The 2nd ODI will be played at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele.

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