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Dhoni, Bhuvneshwar guide India to nervy win after Dananjaya's six-wicket haul

India's MS Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar run between wickets in Pallekele
India's MS Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar run between wickets in Pallekele

India 231-7 (Rohit 54) beat
Sri Lanka 236-8 (Siriwardana 58) by three wickets DLS
Second One-Day International in Pallekele

Riding on an unbeaten 100 run stand for the eighth wicket between MS Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, India managed to edge out Sri Lanka by three wickets with DLS method while chasing a revised target of 231 runs in 45th over in the second One-Day international in Pallekele.

A brief rain delay at the start of the Indian innings saw the game reduced to 47 overs and they were set a target of 231 runs. Composed innings from Rohit Sharma (54) and Shikhar Dhawan (49) helped India reach the 50-run stand in just eight overs.

Rohit soon stepped up the accelerator with back to back sixes in the ninth over and India were 68 for naught at the end of the first powerplay.

The Mumbai batsman completed a 43-ball half-century and also brought the 100-run opening stand with Dhawan off 90 deliveries but fell soon after to give Dananjaya (6-54) his first wicket.

The wicket of Rohit opened up the chances for a Sri Lankan fightback as Milinda Siriwardana (1-39) accounted for Dhawan in the next over.

The 18th over bowled by Dananjaya saw Virat Kohli (4), Kedar Jadhav (1) and Lokesh Rahul (4) dismissed and he soon completed a five wicket haul after Hardik Pandya (0) was stumped in the 20 over at the end of which India were positioned 125 for six.

Axar Patel (6) joined the slump and soon became the off-spinner's sixth wicket as India were positioned 131 for seven at the end of 21 overs. This is when both Dhoni (45 not out) and Bhuvneshwar (53 not out) joined together as India showed some fight.

Dhoni had a reprieve when the ball hit the stumps in the 35th over but was not good enough to dislodge the bails while Bhunvneshwar survived a review from Sri Lanka in the next over.

The 50-run stand between the two came in the 37th over and as innings progressed, Bhuvneshwar was gaining confidence and soon completed his own half-century.

With no more wickets possible, both Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar ensured India completed the chase with 16 balls to spare. In the process they also shared an unbeaten 100 run stand.

Earlier, India made a stunning comeback from an early onslaught by Niroshan Dickwella (31). As the spinners were in action, runs were hard to come by but Siriwardana (58) and Chamara Kapugedara (40) played vital knocks to lift the total to 236 for eight in the 50 overs.

Jasprit Bumrah (4-43) was the pick of the Indian bowlers while Yuzvendra Chahal (2-43) claimed two against his name as well. India now have a 2-0 lead in the series with the third game scheduled to take place on Sunday.

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