Dhoni and Bhuvi stay cool in Kandy

Kohli showers praise on Dananjaya for mesmerizing spell

Sri Lanka's new ODI skipper, Upul Tharanga, seemed to have made a tactical blunder after Dananjaya had captured six wickets in the space of 20 deliveries to reduce India to 131/7 in 21.4 overs.

22 - Runs for which India lost six wickets - least runs added in ODIs for India for the second to the seventh wickets. He is fitter than anyone in world cricket, his glove work is razor sharp, his game sense is something Kohli relies on with regularity. Kusal Mendis had used it to good effect in the second innings of the second Test but at 99 for 3 he might just have kept it in the locker.

"Quite magnificent to see two 100-run partnerships in a chase of 230 (231) and a collapse in between - seven wickets down. you don't quite see that in this game too often", he added.

In the pre-match press conference on Wednesday, the Indian skipper hinted on continuing with the same team combination as first ODI.

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With half of the side back to the pavilion, it was now on Dhoni and all-rounder Hardik Pandya but the the latter disappointed as he was also dismissed by Dananjaya after three overs with no runs to his credit. But the move didn't work at all as Dananjaya's magic spell reduced India to 131/7 from where Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar rescued the innings. The quick bowlers make a mistake on either side which showcased in the wicket so it was very hard to hit the right lengths, thus contribution marks the crucial and major share of the 10 wides that were bowled in the first ODI.

"When you're 110 for 1 in a chase of 230, you want to give everyone a chance to bat". We don't have any regrets.

"For us as a team it was about neglecting all of those things and making sure that we're tight as a unit so that we don't get affected by the things that are happening on the outside".

Bhuvneshwar turned out to be the flawless foil and ally for Dhoni and proved he was a more than capable partner in this run chase. Only Milinda Siriwardana (58, 58b, 2×4, 1×6) and experienced Chamara Kapugedera (40, 61b, 2×4) were the only Sri Lankan batsman to offer some resistance. In the bowling department, pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah along with spinners Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal will look to trouble the Sri Lankan batting. He has won the 50-over World Cup, the T20 World Cup, the Champions Trophy, the Indian Premier League and will go down in history as one of India's greatest limited-overs cricketers - batsman, wicketkeeper, captain, strategist - of all time. The visitors had defeated Sri Lanka by nine wickets in the ODI at Dambulla.

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