India won their 9th consecutive series against Sri Lanka courtesy of Deepak Chahar's heroic fifty and a brilliant partnership with Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Sri Lanka again won the toss and opted to bat first and posted a decent total 275/9 at the end of 50 overs. The total looked like a distant dream for Team India at one time as they were reeling at 193/7 but an unbeaten 84-run partnership between Bhuvneshwar and Deepak took India home with 5 balls to spare. With this win, they have now taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 3-match series.
Let us have a look at some of the numbers from this game:
69* - Deepak Chahar's 69* is the 2nd joint-highest score by an Indian player in an ODI innings while batting at number 8 (or) below.
Highest score for an Indian player in ODIs while batting at number 8 to 11 position:
Ravindra Jadeja - 77 (59) vs NZ, 2019
Deepak Chahar - 69*(82) vs SL, 2021
Jai Prakash Yadav - 69 (92) vs NZ, 2005
93 - India have won 93 ODI matches against SL which is the most for a team against any opponent in ODIs.
Most wins for a team against an opponent in ODIs:
India - 93 vs Sri Lanka
Australia - 92 vs New Zealand
Pakistan - 92 vs Sri Lanka
84 - Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar's 84-run partnership is the 3rd highest (for 7th to 10th wicket) for India in a successful run-chase.
Highest partnership for India (for 7th to 10th wicket) in a successful run-chase:
MS Dhoni & Bhuvneshwar Kumar - 100* vs SL, 2017
Harbhajan Singh & Rohit Sharma - 88 vs WI, 2011
Deepak Chahar & Bhuvneshwar Kumar - 84* vs SL, 2021
276 - India chased down 276 runs at Colombo and that remains to be 2nd highest on that ground.
Highest totals chased down in R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo :
Ind - 287 vs SL, 2012
Ind - 276 vs SL, 2021
Ind - 270 vs Eng, 2002
SL - 266 vs Eng, 2014
SL - 264 vs SA, 2004
9 - India have won their 9th consecutive bilateral ODI series against Sri Lanka. Since 2007, India have won all the bilateral ODI series against Sri Lanka that they played. Also, India have won their 10th consecutive ODI match on Sri Lankan soil.
2 - Deepak Chahar became only the 2nd Indian player to smash a 50+plus score in a successful ODI chase while batting at number 8 (or) below in ODIs.
Indian Players to smash 50+ in a successful ODI chase while batting at number 8 (or) below:
Bhuvneshwar Kumar vs SL, 2017
Deepak Chahar vs SL, 2021
2 - Suryakumar Yadav smashed both his maiden T20I and ODI fifty in 2nd match of his career.