With India firmly on the winning side after setting a grand target of 374 runs, Sri Lanka is looking to end the match on a positive note with a one-hundredth score from Shanaka. But that almost didn’t happen in the final when India held a draw Mohammed Shami ‘knock out’ the Sri Lankan captain in a non-striker position when the game only had three balls left.
Captain @ImRo45 explains why he withdrew his appeal that expired when he was not a striker related to Dasun Shanaka.#INDvSL… https://t.co/wI17ph7qD7
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Shanaka in the 98th minute wasn’t out and was looking for a quick single shot to get back on the attack when Shami made it. The on-field umpire passed the decision to the third referee when the captain of India Rohit Sharma chatted with the pitcher and decided to withdraw the lapsed appeal.
Shami informed the umpire of the decision to withdraw with a big smile, and Shanaka was clearly relieved that he was clearly out of a predicament when the bail was dropped.
When asked about the post-match incident, Rohit said: “I didn’t know Shami did that (out of net), he was hitting the 98th ball. The way he hit the ball was excellent, we couldn’t disqualify him. We came up with that, hats off to him, he played really well.”
*Shami Mankaded Shanaka and Rohit Sharma tell Shami to withdraw appeal…Good gesture from Captain India*… https://t.co/RdpPmrxQZl
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Shanaka, 108* of 88 balls, went on to score a two-hundred-two-ball ODI later with a four, and finished the run chase with a long-timed big six from the last ball. But the heroes were in vain as India scored an all-out victory in 67 runs to lead 1-0 in a three-game series.
Chasing a huge goal, Sri Lanka got off to a bad start and conceded two early goals within six rounds. Openers Pathum Nissanka (72 of 80) and Dhananjaya de Silva (47 of 40) tried to keep the visitors in the chase with 72 runs for the fourth racket but regular hits followed. derailed their chase.
Sri Lanka were then knocked out of the competition as they were dropped to 206/8 in 37.5 rounds, still needing 168 more to win. Shanaka and Kasun Rajitha (9 * out of 19) added a 100-match unbeaten run to the ninth game to ensure that they weren’t eliminated in the end as they finished 306/8 in 50 rounds.
Before that, riding on 113 (87 balls) sensational from Virat kohliHis 45th ODI hundredth and fiftieth quick shot from Rohit (83 of 67) and Shubman Gill (70 of 60), India posted a whopping 373 for 7 to take the driver’s seat at halftime break .
The second match of the series is scheduled for Thursday at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.