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Twitter Reactions: India edge past Sri lanka in a thriller at Pallekele

Who says ODI cricket has lost its sheen? Who says low scoring matches aren’t worth a watch? Whoever still feels that should have watched the 2nd ODI between India and Sri Lanka at Pallekele. It had everything. Plenty of twists and turns, big hits, wickets and all the ingredients for a crown-puller where India emerged victorious, but only just.

Sri Lanka batted first after losing the toss and it seemed a repeat of the previous match as they lost the good start provided by the openers. At 121/5 in the 29th over, they were in danger of being bowled out for a low score. But Milinda Siriwardana and Chamara Kapugedera stitched together a stand of 91 runs for the 6th wicket to take the side to a fighting total of 236/8 after 50 overs.

A rain interruption meant India’s target was revised to 231 from 47 overs. The openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan began in 4th gear and in no time, the hundred partnership up. Rohit scored 54 and Dhawan made 49 as the duo added 109 runs and India were once again on course for a comfortable chase.

But Akila Dananjaya bowled as good a spell of spin bowling as you will ever see. He went on to pick as many as 6 wickets in pretty quick time to leave India struggling at 131/7 in the 22nd over. It was as if a flashback video was played of Ajantha Mendis from 9 years back when he bagged a 6-fer in the final of the Asia Cup to defeat India.

But this time, the script wasn’t in Sri Lanka’s favor. MS Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar refused to throw their wickets away and put together a partnership of 100 runs. It was batting of real high standards where both batsmen took the responsibility and saw the side home. Bhuvi scored 53 where Dhoni made 45 as India pulled off a thrilling win by 3 wickets.

Here are some of the best tweets for the mouth-watering contest

https://twitter.com/MenInBlueDvotee/status/900760580398632961

https://twitter.com/chinmaybhogle/status/900752971201355776

https://twitter.com/BeingFlicked/status/900781475334832128

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Written by Cricadium Staff

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