Really proud of how the boys played – Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka after ODI series loss against India

Written by N Krishnamurthy

Deepak Chahar and Suryakumar Yadav slammed their maiden ODI fifties as India registered a series-clinching three-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the second ODI in Colombo. Chasing 276 for a win, the Indian top-order failed to fire but a middle and lower order resurrection saw the visitors cross the finishing line, reaching 277 for 7 in 49.1 overs. After Suryakumar Yadav’s 44-ball 53, Deepak Chahar remained not out on 69 off 82 balls.

Sri Lanka lost the game from a winning position and skipper Dasun Shanaka was gutted.

“I’m really proud of how the boys played. They fought hard to get a win. Really tough game, credit to the Indian players, especially Deepak who took the game away from us. I think we started really well today. The middle period we lost wickets; I think the thing we shouldn’t do in the next game is give them easy wickets. We should bat well until the last powerplay. I didn’t bowl for a long time because there were enough bowlers in the team, but I took a chance” he said.

Earlier, Charith Asalanka and opener Avishka Fernando struck half-centuries as Sri Lanka posted 275 for nine in the second ODI against India in Colombo. Fernando struck 50 off 71 while Asalanka fought back after quick losses with a knock of 65 off 68 deliveries. Chamika Karunaratne remained unbeaten on 44 to take the team past 270.

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