Indian spin duo Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav picked 6 wickets together in the third and final ODI between India and Sri Lanka; 3 wickets each. The visitors were having a stronghold of the game at one stage.
Upal Tharanga and Sadeera Samarawickrama together piled up a 100-run stand after losing one first wicket on just 15. Chahal was the one to break the long partnership of 121 runs.
No one would have imagined that Sri Lanka will be bowled out for just 215 runs looking at the kind of platform Tharanga and Sadeera set for them. Tharanga who possessed real threat for Indian bowlers was undone by a well-controlled delivery by Kuldeep, courtesy MS Dhoni's stumping.
Before getting dismissed by the unorthodox leggie, Upal Tharanga scored important 95 runs for his team. However, they couldn't capitalize on the opportunity and got baffled up in the end.
The wrist spin twin praised Dhoni for his continuous guidance from behind the stumps. Spectators also saw the two spinners interacting in mid-overs for assistance.
“We are very lucky to get him out (Tharanga) at that point of time. The hard-work we put in the nets is really coming off well. I was trying to bowl more in the fuller areas. The ball was turning and it was a slow turner. Mahi keeps telling us where to bowl and we are very lucky to have him in our side. We pulled out well towards the end,” Yadav said in the innings break.
The leg-spinner also admitted that he spoke to Dhoni about his bowling.
“I spoke to Mahi. I was bowling wicket to wicket and was bowling a bit quicker. I was able to control the drift from the last couple of series. So, I had my areas and know where to bowl. Not an easy wicket to get runs,” Chahal said.