Cricketers, experts laud Deepak Chahar as he fashions an MS Dhoni-style run chase against Sri Lanka

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Chasing a target of 276 in 50 overs, the Indian batting side – which coasted to an emphatic victory with 80 balls to spare in the first match – were left reeling 193 for 7. Sri Lanka spinner Wanindu Hasaranga’s magical display of leg-spin (3 for 37) ensured the visitors always had a catching up to do in the game that looked in the Lankans grip.

However, it was Chahar’s resilience and Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s calm demeanour coupled with the hosts’ inability to close in the game due to their inexperience that resulted in a famous win for the Men In Blue.

Chahar who walked into the middle at number eight ended up scoring an unbeaten 69 to post the second-highest score by anyone in ODI for his country batting at number eight or lower.

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The Rajasthan all-rounder, who had the highest first-class score of 57 not out, rode his luck at times and found a willing ally in fellow pacer Bhuveneshwar Kumar (19 not out), before swiping the winning runs through midwicket off Kasun Rajitha from the first ball of the final over.

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Chahar also took 2-53 with the ball and began in a more customary new-ball partnership with Kumar. The way Chahar and Bhuvneshwar fashioned India’s run chase at R Premadasa Stadium, many were reminded of former India cricketer, MS Dhoni. The way these two overhauled the target and steered the team with such ease from troubled waters, had the Chennai Super Kings captain’s signature all over it. Chahar was awarded player of the match for his all-round show.

Understandably so, both Bhuvneshwar (in the national side) and Chahar (in CSK squad) have spent a lot of time in the dressing room with the legendary India cricketer and picked up his brains.

Here’s how the cricketing fraternity hailed Deepak Chahar for showcasing cricket of the highest quality under pressure.

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