Sri Lanka: 236-8 from 50 overs. (Milinda Siriwardana 58, Chamara Kapugedera 40; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4-43, Yuzvendra Chahal 2-43). India 231-7 from 44.2 overs. (Rohit Sharma 54, Shikhar Dhawan 49; Akila Dhananjaya 6-54, Milinda Siriwardana 1-39)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar dug deep to notch-up his maiden half-century in ODI cricket, to guide India to a nail-biting victory against Sri Lanka, in Pallekele, on Thursday.
This victory puts the visitors 2-0 up in the five-match ODI series.India were dominant throughout the game, as Jasprit Bumrah notched up a brilliant bowling effort, with figures of 4-43. His effort, along with convincing performances from Yuzvendra Chahal (2-43), Hardik Pandya (1-24) and Axar Patel (1-30), helped India restrict Sri Lanka to 236-8, after a bit of a middle-order renaissance by Milinda Siriwardana (58) and Chamara Kapugedera (40).
India got away to a flying start with openers Rohit Sharma (54) and Shikhar Dhawan (49) firing on all cylinders. Indeed, at 109-0from 15.2 overs, they seemed like they were cruising to victory.
But, Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dhananjaya an inspired bowling howls 6 wickets, which rendered the Indian middle order completely helpless, as the likes of KL Rahul (4), Kedar Jadhav (1), Virat Kohli (4), Hardik Pandya (0) and Axar Patel (6) departed in quick succession.
After losing 7 wickets, MS Dhoni clam nature and Bhuvneshwar Kumar's maiden 50 helps India win the match.
Dhananjaya enjoyed what was arguably the best spell of his nascent cricketing career, notching up figures of 6-54. However, his efforts were to be in vain, as former India cap[tain MS Dhoni came to the rescue, along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who gave a fine exhibition of resilient batting, followed by some clean hitting, to guide India to the 2-0 series lead.