Kuldeep Yadav finished with 3 wickets at Indore (Image courtesy: IANS)
Kuldeep Yadav finished with 3 wickets at Indore (Image courtesy: IANS)

Happy run for the Indian wrist spinners continue as Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal picked 7 wickets among them to help India win the second T20I against Sri Lanka at Indore by a massive 88 runs. Both Chahal and Kuldeep were taken to the cleaners at the Holkar Stadium. In fact, both the bowlers leaked 52 runs each from their four overs.

Sri Lanka showed urgency in chasing a mammoth 261. Sri Lanka were 155 for 2 after 14 overs. In a matter of 2 overs they lost 6 wickets. Kuldeep picked 3 in the 15th over and Chahal picked as many in the next. Kuldeep revealed that despite leaking runs, he kept eyeing for wickets and skipper Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni helped him get those.

First three overs, 45 runs, but I was always thinking about wickets. I knew if I got one, I would probably get the second one. The first over (I bowled) was slow in the air, but the wicket was good to bat on and the ball was coming on nicely. Later on I was bowling wide of the batsman,” Kuldeep said after the match.

Rohit Sharma: It’s important to play with the field
Rohit Sharma: It’s important to play with the field

I realised that I need to bowl it into the wicket. They (Dhoni and Rohit) were backing me and telling to look for the wicket. Small ground with small boundaries, Dhoni and Rohit were telling me to keep away from the batsman and try the variations outside the off-stump. Seven wickets in three overs really changed the game,” the Chinaman bowler added.

Earlier, it was Rohit who slammed a record 35-ball century, to pilot India to 260, the joint-second highest T20I total. Sri Lanka folded for 172 handing India the series 0-2.