India beat Sri Lanka by four wickets in the second ODI at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Now the third match will be played on January 15 at the Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram. Batting first in the second ODI, Sri Lanka’s team was reduced to 215 runs in 39.4 overs. In response, India had lost four wickets for 86 runs at one stage.

Captain Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer had returned to the pavilion. After this, KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya together pulled Team India out of trouble and laid the foundation for victory. There was a 75-run partnership for the fifth wicket between Hardik and Rahul. Hardik was dismissed after scoring 36 runs in 53 balls, but Rahul stitched partnerships with Akshar and then Kuldeep to win Team India.

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Slowest half-century of Rahul’s ODI career

Rahul scored a half-century in 93 balls in the second ODI. This was the slowest half-century of his ODI career. Earlier, Rahul had scored a half-century in 71 balls against South Africa in 2022. Rahul, who was running in poor form, won Team India in this match and gave a befitting reply to the critics. His innings was slow, but proved effective. Apart from a 75-run partnership with Hardik, Rahul shared an unbeaten 30-run partnership with Akshar and an unbeaten 28-run partnership with Kuldeep. Rahul remained unbeaten on 64 off 103 balls with the help of six fours.

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Rahul’s Slowest half-century in ODIs

VS How Many Balls
Fifties in
SL 93 2023
SA 71 2022
PAK 69 2019
SL 67 2019
NZ 66 2020

Chinaman Bowler Kuldeep also Shines in the Match

At the same time, Kuldeep Yadav, who made a place in the team after the injury of Yuzvendra Chahal, got to see havoc in the bowling. At one stage Sri Lanka were 102 for the loss of one wicket before Kuldeep came to bowl and the team was heading towards a big score. After this Kuldeep came and he gave three big blows one after the other. Kuldeep first sent inform batsman Kusal Mendis (34) lbw to the pavilion. After this Charit Aslanka (15) was caught and bowled. Then the in-form Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka (2) was clean bowled. In this way, Kuldeep destroyed the middle order of Sri Lanka.

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10th consecutive ODI series win over Sri Lanka

With these three wickets, Kuldeep also scored a double century of wickets in international cricket. He now has 200 wickets in 107 international matches. He is the 10th spin bowler from India to reach this milestone. Kuldeep took three wickets for 51 runs in the match. Apart from him, Siraj also took three wickets. At the same time, Umran Malik got two wickets and Akshar Patel got one wicket. With this victory over Sri Lanka, Team India won their 10th consecutive bilateral ODI series against them. Overall this was Team India’s 15th bilateral ODI series win over Sri Lanka.

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Indian spinner with the most wickets in international cricket (all three formats)

Spinner Wickets
Anil Kumble 953
Harbhajan Singh 707
Ravichandran Ashwin 672
Ravindra Jadeja 482
Ravi Shastri 280
Bishan Bedi 273
B Chandrasekhar 245
Yuzvendra Chahal 209
Sachin Tendulkar 201
Kuldeep Yadav 200

India’s excellent record in ODIs at home

India has played 25 ODI series at home since January 2010. Out of this, Team India has won 22, while it has faced defeat in three series. India’s first of the three defeats came against Pakistan in 2012-13. Then Pakistan defeated India 2-1 in the three-match ODI series. Apart from this, South Africa defeated India 3–2 in the five-match ODI series in 2015. At the same time, Australia defeated India 3–2 in the five-match series in March 2019.

Sri Lanka’s Record of most Defeats in ODI-T20

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Sri Lanka has played a total of 880 matches in its ODI history so far. Out of this, the team has won 399 matches, while 437 have faced defeat. Five matches were tied. This is the record for the most defeats by any team in ODIs. At the same time, the record of most defeats in T20 is also in the name of Sri Lanka. This team has played a total of 176 T20s and won 79 of them. The Sri Lankan team has lost in 92 matches. Three matches were tied and two matches ended in no result.

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Sri Lanka on top even in Defeat against any one team

Apart from this, the record of most defeats by a team against any one team in ODIs and T20s is also in the name of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has lost 95 out of 164 ODIs against India. This is the highest among all teams. During this period, Sri Lanka won 57 matches, while one match was tied and 11 matches ended in no result. At the same time, India has defeated Sri Lanka in 19 matches in 29 T20s between the two. During this, Sri Lanka won nine matches in a row and one match remained inconclusive.