Artful Dananjaya earns India's respect with Pallekele spin

In the past few years Dhoni the batsman has been playing a sedate role in the middle order and had had problems finishing games on occasions

In the past few years Dhoni the batsman has been playing a sedate role in the middle order and had had problems finishing games on occasions

While the Test team has, more or less, fielders marked out for set positions, the ODI and T20I set-ups must be a lot more flexible, with several variables to be considered. The match looked done and dusted, with India having one of their classic collapses. We'll be more careful next time, and we'll be watching him more closely.

He remained unbeaten on 91 off just 79 balls in a career-defining innings.

Sri Lanka could also look to strengthen their spin attack by giving another opportunity to Lakshan Sandakan in order to support Dananjaya. This includes two hundreds and 17 fifties and the man from Ranchi has scored these runs at a strike rate of 90.51.

From the Indian point of view there were two big takeaways. Once Gambhir departed for 97, Dhoni applied the finishing touches in the company of Yuvraj.

India's Likely XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Akshar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah.

Chandimal, who last played in the ICC Champions Trophy, is expected to step into Tharanga's No 4 slot. However, they were slow to get off the blokes and lost their opening encounters to the West Indies and Sri Lanka.

Gunathilaka, meanwhile, sustained his injury in the 33rd over of India's innings, when he dived to his right from point, to stop an MS Dhoni stroke. The visitors had defeated Sri Lanka by nine wickets in the ODI at Dambulla. India, chasing a modest target of 202, were cruising at 139/3 in the 32nd over when a well-set Rohit Sharma fell to Rangana Herath. Dhoni pulled the penultimate behind square to steal three as India romped home to a famous victory. For the moment, the selectors are keeping the faith, although they insist that he isn't an automatic selection, and that they are cognisant of the fact that runs have eluded India's superman in recent times. Dhoni picked up the odd single and shielded Ishant.

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However, a no-ball was called meaning India required three runs from the final two balls.

Dhoni had signaled his arrival in April, 2005, with a whirlwind 148 against Pakistan batting at No. 3 in Visakhapatnam.

The second ODI between India and Sri Lanka at Pallekele is one of the exciting ODI that finally lived u to the expectations of cricket fans.

Jadhav's impulsive shot making during a three-ball stay also didn't go unnoticed. His stunning knock from 145 balls was laced with 15 fours and 10 sixes.

"In ODIs, we have been a very high-intensity fielding unit on the field". When India was at the edge to lose the match. But after adding four more runs, the Mumbai batsman was adjudged leg before wicket off Dananjaya.

The Ranchi-born maverick's ice cool temperament while chasing has seen him touch an average of nearly 100, the highest among batsman with a minimum of 1000 ODI runs. He went on to score 16 additional runs, and was involved in a match-winning unbeaten 100-run stand with Bhuvneshwar Kumar (53), who slammed his maiden fifty in one-day internationals.

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