It was a proper see-saw game, with Sri Lanka on the backfoot till the death overs. They need 42 runs in the last four overs. After Hardik Pandya and Arshdeep Singh‘s over, they need just 21 in the last two. However, seasoned pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar then conceded 14 runs in the penultimate over to turn the match in Sri Lanka’s favour.
This is the second time after India’s loss against Pakistan, where Kumar’s expensive penultimate over cost India the match. Indian fans were not happy with his performance and criticised him on social media. Here are a few reactions from them:
India set Sri Lanka a decent target of 174 runs, but Kusal Mendis and Pathum Nissanka immediately began to dominate. With both batters scoring fifty, the pair amassed 97 runs for the first wicket in 11.1 overs. Yuzvendra Chahal’s spell of 3/34 swung the game back to India’s favour. Ravichandran Ashwin, who took India to 173 with the bat, also contributed with the ball, assisting Chahal in his spell.
However, the pacers let India down once more, conceding runs in the death overs. With the target still some distance off, Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Dasun Shanaka came in with SL at 110 for 4. The kept scoring boundaries at regular intervals to put SL back in the game. Arshdeep had to defend just 7 off the final over after Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave up 14 from the penultimate over. He gave it his best effort, nearly always landing the yorker. However, SL at the end, it was Sri Lanka who won the match.