A calm Nuvanitu scored his half-century in the 21st over on his ODI debut. But what, Aksher bowled the next 22nd over and was run out on the very first ball due to a miscommunication with Asalanga. Settles in nicely then gets out unnecessarily. At the end of 22 overs, the score was Sri Lanka 122/4. In the 23rd over, Kuldeep took the wicket of Shanaka (captain), who had scored a century in the previous match, in his fifth ball, and India began to dominate the match. The next wicket, the Sri Lankan team faltered as the run rate got stuck. Hazaranga, Karunaratne and Dunith scored a few runs, but none of them stood firm.
The reality is that India’s fastball has lost speed and the spinball has collapsed. Also, the Indian team’s fielding is awesome!
While the Kohli-Rohit batting was amazing in the last match, those who expected big fireworks today are disappointed. The Sri Lankan team’s fantastic bowling has left India reeling. The Rohit-Gill pairing started the game. They made a good start but failed to sustain it. Karunaratne edged Rohit’s wicket in the last ball of the 5th over. Gill bowled well in the 6th over and drove the first two balls to the boundary. But, the next ball also showed urgency and got out.