What an incredible game of cricket fans witnessed at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Tuesday where India and Sri Lanka were up against each other. While India were 160/6, chasing 276 to win and almost everyone was convinced that the match had slipped away from their grip, Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar had other ideas. The fast bowlers took it upon themselves to finish the match for the Men in Blue and stitched together an unbeaten 84-run stand in as many balls to eventually win the game for the team.
Following their efforts, social media has gone berserk with all kinds of memes and praises but yet again it is a post from former India cricketer Wasim Jaffer that has gone viral. "SL thought they've won after dismissing all the batsmen. Meanwhile @deepak_chahar9 and @imbhuvi : #slvind," he captioned his meme which read, "Ruko zara, Sabr Karo!"
Check out the post here:
Talking about the match, Chahar, particularly was impressive as he not only top-scored with a brilliant 69 but had earlier picked 2 wickets for 53 runs. The right-handed batter came in ahead of Bhuvi, who had established batting credentials earlier, and showed great character and composure under pressure with the team in a spot of bother. The striking thing was how he changed roles in partnerships. Realising that Krunal Pandya was the main batter earlier, he was happy to play the second fiddle and take the team closer to the target but post his departure, Chahar changed his role to become the wreaker-in-chief with the bat.
He was ably supported by Bhuvneshwar, who also scalped 3/54 in his 10 overs. His innings saw him hit two boundaries and more importantly remain at the wicket for over an hour at a time when Chahar was looking good. After these two, the men to come in next were Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal- both of whom do not have encouraging batting records and luckily for the team, they did not need their batting efforts.
As a result of the win, the visitors have clinched the three-match series 2-0 with one match to go. The team is likely to give a few other youngsters an opportunity with the final game being a dead rubber.