MS told me to play like a Test match: Bhuvneshwar

Ruben Hill
August 25, 2017

Bhuvneshwar expectedly rotated the strike and brought Dhoni on as often as possible.

Chances were slim, but along with MS Dhoni, Bhuvneshwar took India past the line, scoring a half-century himself. The mystery spinner put up an incredible show, picking up six wickets and India batsmen looked helpless against Dananjaya and his rich trajectory.

"I never thought in my dreams that I would score fifty in one-dayers", Bhuvneshwar said. "When I went into bat, Dhoni told me to play my natural game, 'play as if you are playing a Test match.' He told me not to take any pressure", said Kumar in the post-match press conference. I was just thinking that I can play and that I have to support MS as much as I can.

Chasing the D/L revised target of 231 from 47 overs, India were cruising to victory at one point after Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan shared a 108-run stand for the opening wicket.

Dananjaya is another product of Sri Lanka's seemingly endless reserves of special bowlers, an off-spinner who can also bowl leg-spin, googly, "doosra", and even the carrom ball.

Kumar came out as India's unlikely batting hero in the escape to victory against Sri Lanka at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on Thursday.

Bhuvneshwar said with time, he began to read Akila Dhananjaya, who picked six of the seven Indian wickets.

The Meerut-born pacer admitted that he did find it hard to read the Sri Lankan off-spinner initially, but added that he was able to read the variations from his hand the more he faced him. In response, the Indian team went in with a different strategy by promoting KL Rahul and Kedar Jadhav up the order.

Lanka were ruled to be three overs short during their nerve-wracking three-wicket defeat at the hands of India in the second ODI to go 0-2 down in the ongoing series in Pallekele.

The two sides will now lock horns in the third ODI on August 27.

One thing is for sure, Sri Lanka have found a mystery spinner, who could become a household name for the island nation in the near future.

"Having him (Dhoni) on the other end gave calmness".

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