India defeated Sri Lanka in the second ODI on Tuesday to take a 2-0 lead in the three-match series. In a thrilling match, India defeated the hosts by three wickets. India’s conquering hero Deepak Chahar. Chahar scored an unbeaten 69. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, India’s vice-captain during the tour of Sri Lanka, said the team’s head coach Rahul Dravid’s master stroke was to encourage Deepak Chahar to bat.
Chaher was sent to bat above Bhubaneswar.
Chasing a target of 276, India lost 7 wickets for 193 runs. The team needed 84 to win and Krunal Pandya’s wicket was also lost by Team India. But Deepak Chahar batting in the last over helped India win the ninth ODI series against Sri Lanka. Deepak Chahar has scored fifty in his home matches. Bhuvneshwar Kumar said at the post-match press conference that Deepak Chahar has played for India A under Rahul Dravid’s training. So he knew that Deepak could bat and hit some balls well.
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Rahul Dravid’s call is to send Deepak Chahar forward and the way he batted, he said, is correct. Chahar has batted well in the Ranji Trophy several times, so it is not a tough call. But it was nice to see the way he scored. Bhubaneswar Kumar fully supported Deepak Chahar from the other end.
“We haven’t done much planning,” Bhubaneswar Kumar said. Our idea is to play to the end and get closer to the goal. But we never thought about winning the game. We only thought about batting as deep as we could. The way Deepak has batted is amazing.