KL Rahul scored an unbeaten half-century in his fiftieth ODI to assist Crew India declare a four-wicket victory within the second ODI towards Sri Lanka on the Eden Gardens on Thursday (January 12). India clinched the three-match ODI sequence with an unassailable 2-0 lead. Smart batting from KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya ensured the hosts recovered from the early setback to finish the chase. The wicketkeeper batsmen scored 64* runs whereas Hardik made 36 runs. Chamika Karunaratneand Lahiru Kumara picked up two wickets apiece to dent the Indian run-chase.
After his match-saving knock for the Males in Blue, social media couldn’t preserve calm and praised the right-hander for his composure. Notably, Rahul and Hardik Pandya stiched up a partnership of 75 runs to get India again on monitor after Virat Kohli’s dismissal.
Checkout the fan reactions right here…
KL Rahul performed a match successful knock
— Ritu (@EntropyPositive) January 12, 2023
Effectively performed my hero @klrahul anna
Come again champ #KLRahul
— Singam Kiran (@singam_prince) January 12, 2023
#KLRahul #IndianCricketTeam pic.twitter.com/PTVh5hDycj
— P.H.A.N.T.O.M (@VijayKu12208665) January 12, 2023
Shifting KL Rahul to No5 place in ODI cricket one other underrated transfer made by Virat – The Captain
— Virarsh (@Cheeku218) January 12, 2023
One other day one other match one other victory #INDvsSL effectively achieved @klrahul fabulous batting from you congratulations
— Rajat cricket Prediction (@cricket_rajat) January 12, 2023
There’s a distinction between enjoying for urself nd enjoying for nation. Yess, KL Rahul is enjoying with an strike of 53 however he confirms that his contribution is available in successful trigger not like Babar Azam. #INDvsSL pic.twitter.com/pZ98GzVHmf
— Akshat (@AkshatOM10) January 12, 2023
Chasing the goal, India had been off to a fast with openers Shubhman Gill and Rohit Sharma smashing 5 fours and a six inside the primary 4 overs. The batting duo seemed in chic contact and consumed the over-pitched bowling by the Sri Lankan tempo assault. The Indian captain seemed set for one more Eden Backyard particular knock with the Kolkata floor serving because the right-hander’s completely happy searching floor.
Nonetheless, pacer Chamika Karunaratne struck to the fourth-stump line to supply Rohit’s edge within the fifth over, giving the guests some much-needed respite. The proper-hander was dismissed for 17(21).
Lahiru Kumara was struck for consecutive boundaries by Gill however the bowler had the final chuckle as he dismissed the batter on the third ball of the over to ship the opener packing for a quick-fire 21(12). The onus to regular the inning fell on final match’s centurion Virat Kohli and batter Shreyas Iyer. Nonetheless, the previous Indian captain fell to a fiery in-swinging supply as Lahiru knocked over Virat’s stumps. The proper-hander might solely rating 4(9) earlier than getting dismissed.
India had been in dire want of a sturdy partnership on the finish of 10 overs with the scoreboard studying 67/3. Iyer did play a couple of eye-pleasing strokes to seek out boundaries at common intervals however was dismissed to a straight full supply, anticipating a bumper with the Sri Lankans feeding him short-pitched deliveries. The proper-hander made 28(33) and didn’t convert his begin leaving India in a spot of hassle at 86/4.
Vice-captain Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul had been left to do the rebuilding of the inning and the pair made certain that Sri Lanka didn’t run away with the sport. The duo stitched a significant 75-run stand for the fifth wicket to maintain India within the hunt. Whereas Hardik seemed to play his photographs, Rahul performed second fiddle and held one finish. The Gujarat Titans skipper was dismissed for 36(53) after enjoying a vital inning.
The proper-hander was trying to play an aggressive cowl drive and will solely handle an out of doors edge. Axar Patel who has been in a wealthy vein of type with the bat, got here out all weapons blazing to hit a six and a 4 off Karunaratne within the thirty seventh over. The all-rounder seemed in a rush to complete the chase however his inning was minimize brief by Dhananjaya de Silva within the fortieth over.
Axar performed a lofted inside-out shot over covers however boundary rider Karunaratne lined good floor to drag off a superb catch, dismissing the left-hander for 21(21). India’s wicketkeeper-batsmen Rahul reached his fifty to current a robust case for himself on the quantity 5 spot. The proper-hander together with left-hand chinaman Kuldeep Yadav ensured that India closed out the chase to realize an unassailable 2-0 lead within the sequence.
The pair shared an unbeaten 28-run partnership for the seventh wicket to seal the victory for the hosts by six wickets. Kuldeep contributed with the bat as effectively after taking three wickets earlier within the day and remained unbeaten on 10 runs. Rahul made his fiftieth ODI look memorable with a match-winning knock of 64* runs.
Incredible bowling spells from spinner Kuldeep Yadav and pacer Mohammed Siraj mixed to bundle out Sri Lanka for simply 215 runs with debutant Nuwanidu Fernando scoring a combating half-century. Siraj and Kuldeep picked up three wickets every to derail the Sri Lankan innings. The Lankans misplaced 5 wickets for twenty-four runs within the center overs after Kuldeep produced a three-for to spark a collapse.
Temporary Scores: India 219/6 (KL Rahul 64*, Hardik Pandya 36; Chamika Karunaratne 2-51) vs Sri Lanka 215/10 (Nuwanidu Fernando 50, Kusal Mendis 34; Kuldeep Yadav 3-51( (With ANI inputs)