The Indian frontrunners went wild in the second ODI against Sri Lanka on Saturday, knocking out the visitors for a meager 108 points. Mohammed Shami became the bowlers’ choice, picking up 3 wickets for 18 runs while mohamed siraj also looked brilliant with the new ball, picking up 1 wicket for just 10 carries from 6 overs. Both wanted to continue testing Kiwi batters in favorable bowling conditions but had to be pushed back by the skipper Rohit Sharma.
Seeing the kind of help the pacers were getting in the middle, Shami and Siraj were reportedly keen to continue their exploits, but Rohit stepped in and decided to hand the ball over to other bowlers.
Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, Rohit admitted he had to step in as Siraj and Shami were unwilling to step down.
“They (Shami and Siraj) were looking forward to continuing to bowl long spells, but I reminded them that there was also a test series coming up (Australia at home) so we also have to take care of us. I have to step in and draw the line and say ‘boss, there are other bowlers too,’ he said.
The Indian captain is full of praise for the Indian bowlers for their performances in the match. He said: “I thought the last five games the bowlers have really stepped up. Everything we asked of them, they delivered. Especially doing this in India. You can expect these performances away from India, but they have real skills. When we trained here last night, it was moving, there was good range. That’s why we wanted this challenge: 250 would have been quite difficult.”
Speaking about the win and the game plan for the second ODI, he said: “We trained yesterday and the ball was spinning under the lights. We knew if they had around 250 it could have been difficult for us. , but that was the point of choosing to chase. We beat the first last game, so the idea was to challenge ourselves. I don’t know what I’ll do in Indore (in the last game). Confidence is high within the group and it’s great to see.
With victory in the second ODI, India took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 3-game series.
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