When nothing was working fine for the Asian Lions Sri Lanka in the recent demolition of their side when Team India clean sweeped them in all the 3 Test Matches, defeat by 9 wickets brought again a deadly setback which added to their never-ending misery of the ongoing season.
Such was the day for the Lions when only 5 of their players could register a double digit score on the board, in contrast to which 6 players couldn’t even cross the mark of mere 9 runs to spare individually. Only Dickwella managed to rove the Sri Lankan boat in the troubled waters of the sea of the Indian spinners. Danushka, Mendis & Mathews managed to score a decent 30 above score but that didn’t sufficed for their side.
Patel & Chahal demolished the Sri Lankan roster and the visitors managed to bundled them all out for a score of 216 runs with 40 balls still left to bowl by India. Experienced left hands of Shikhar Dhawan came out with no surprise for which he his feared among bowlers of international repute. Dhawan punished 20 balls past the ropes and 3 above them with a staggering strike rate of 146. He scored 132 runs of just 90 balls. Skipper Kohli also supported him from the other side and again added a winning feather to his cap in his famous quest for chasing down the targets.
We now look at some of the records (Source: Cricbuzz) which were blown away in the tornado of the Indian bowlers especially among the spinners portfolio who took a hefty margin of 7 wickets from the 10.
- This was Team India’s biggest win in terms of balls to spare & was the biggest loss for the Asian Lions Sri Lanka.
- 132* by Dhawan is the highest by an Indian in a run chase in ODIs in SL
Previous: 128* by Kohli vs Sri Lanka, Rangiri Stadium , 2012
- 197* – This was highest 2nd wicket partnership for Ind in Sri Lanka (Dhawan & Kohli ), Previously held by 188 from Dhoni & Gambhir at the same venue 8 years back.
- This was the 4th fastest chase down for a target of 200+ score in terms of balls left to bowl.