Deepak Chahar scored his maiden ODI half-century as he kept Team India in the game in the second ODI against Sri Lanka in Colombo. Chasing 276 to win, India were reduced to 193/7 still needing 93 to win. Chahar then played the most important innings of his international career so far bringing out his best game when his team needed the most.
With Bhuvneshwar Kumar at the other end, Chahar stitched an unbeaten 84-run stand in partnership keeping India in the game right till the end. Set to chase 276, India lost wickets at regular intervals with the Sri Lankan spinners tightening the screws. Wanindu Hasaranga took three key wickets making the chase look difficult. The wickets of Suryakumar Yadav, Shikhar Dhawan and Manish Pandey made the chase look impossible at the halfway stage but then Deepak Chahar had other ideas.
He started his innings cautiously and then got into taking on the Lankan bowlers. Chahar hit a total of seven boundaries in his innings. Meanwhile, Twitter was all praise for Chahar and even likened his innings to that of MS Dhoni who often finished games from tight situations for India. He ended with an unbeaten 69 in the end as India won the game by three wickets. On the other hand, Bhuvi also played his part scoring an unbeaten 19 in the partnership.
Twitter Applauds Deepak Chahar’s Finishing Abilities
Deepak Chahar better all rounder than Krunal Pandya imo
— ` (@FourOverthrows) July 20, 2021
Deepak Chahar is making a strong case for himself as a utility player. This innings has not be a slog knock. Its controlled aggression, calculative approach. One filled with maturity & responsibility. #SLvsIND #deepakchahar
— Mikkhail Vaswani (@MikkhailVaswani) July 20, 2021
Deepak Chahar is the story of belief. Never say die. Never give up. Chamakte Raho Deepak ki tarah, Chahar 🥳😊👏 #SLvsIND
— Wear a Mask. Stay Safe, India (@cricketaakash) July 20, 2021
Deepak Chahar's innings and then coming down the wicket to nudge for a run or two reminds me so much of MSD. #SLvIND
— Jay (@bhavsarJ2_0) July 20, 2021
Ladies and Gentlemen, this is Deepak Chahar for you. #INDvSL
— Abhinandan Nahata (@cricketgyani_an) July 20, 2021
Deepak Chahar at Colombo…
— Devarchit (@Devarchit) July 20, 2021
Gabbar Shikhar Dhawan's celebration and happiness when Deepak Chahar hits bounderies. pic.twitter.com/uQoOPJunpm
— CricketMAN2 (@man4_cricket) July 20, 2021
Irrespective of the result today, Deepak Chahar has played an innings to remember.#INDvsSL
— 𝕬𝖓𝖐𝖎𝖙 🏳️🌈 (@outof22yards) July 20, 2021
All MSD products. Expect him to be calm and composed! 🤞
— Shreyansh (@Shreyansh_2203) July 20, 2021
Deepak Chahar, woaaaah!
— Prajakta (@18prajakta) July 20, 2021