India was forced to work hard despite expectations that they would easily pursue the easy target at the iconic Eden Gardens. Although Sri Lanka’s bowlers put forth a valiant effort and improved their bowling, they were unable to score enough runs as the Indian bowlers provided the foundation for this victory by dismissing their opponents for a score of 215. With a three-for, Kuldeep Yadav set off a collapse in which the Lankans lost five wickets for 24 runs. They passed the 200-run threshold thanks to three successive 25+ partnerships from the lower order SL batsmen, but they were skittled out in just 40 overs.
In response, India’s openers – Gill and Rohit initiated with a determined intent to score runs quickly and were primarily aiming for boundaries. However, both of them were dismissed within the period of four deliveries, dropping India to 41 for 2 in the sixth over. After making a strong opening pull shot, Virat Kohli was bowled out by Kumara on the very next delivery. Kumara would keep this wicket forever in his mind because of his spectacular delivery which struck through the wickets.
India’s top three players were lost during the first powerplay despite the scoring rate being higher than 6 RPO. Shreyas Iyer was lbw when Rajitha used his second spell to trap him. The game was in a precarious position at 86/4. At that time, KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya teamed up and chose a conservative strategy. avoided taking unnecessary risks and batted sensibly as they steadied the partnership beyond 50 runs.
With India still requiring 55 runs to win, Karunaratne ended the 75-run partnership. Axar batted well and died trying to make a big shot. Rahul, on the other hand, maintained his composure throughout, leading his team to victory.
Sri Lanka with this game loss has not only given up the series cup to the hosts but have also crossed team India for the most embarrassing record.
Sri Lanka now has most defeats in ODI format, India being one match behind and with this 2nd ODI loss, the visitors came up with 437 defeats. More importantly Sri Lanka also has the record of most defeats in the T20I format.
Sri Lanka now has most defeats against a single opponent as India have defeated the visitors 95 teams, equalising New Zealand’s embarrassing record against Australia.
Sri Lanka also has worst record of most losses in T20Is as India has defeated Sri Lanka 19 times.
STAT: Most defeats in…
ODIs: 437 by Sri Lanka (goes past India’s 436 defeats)
T20Is: 94 by Sri Lanka
Most defeats vs an opponent in…
ODIs: 95 by Sri Lanka vs India (equals 95 defeats by New Zealand vs Australia)
T20Is: 19 by Sri Lanka vs India