The 28-year-old India National Cricket Team left-arm spinner Axar Patel cleaned up the 31-year-old Sri Lanka National Cricket Team batter Dhananjaya de Silva for a golden duck in the second ODI on Thursday, January 12.
The Eden Gardens in Kolkata is hosting the second ODI of the three-match series between the Rohit Sharma-led India National Cricket Team and the Dasun Shanaka-led Sri Lanka National Cricket Team.
The left-arm spinner Axar Patel came to bowl his first over in the 18th over of the innings and on the second ball itself, he managed to bag a crucial wicket for his side.
On the second ball of the 18th over, the left-arm spinner cleaned up Dhananjaya for a first-ball duck. Axar delivered a full-length ball on the off-stump that kept coming in and the Sri Lanka batter went for a drive, leaving a gap between bat and pad. The ball sneaked through the gap and brushed the pad before shattering the stumps.
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Sri Lanka And India Make Forced Changes In Kolkata ODI
Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first in the match and both teams made injury-related changes to the playing XI. Pathum Nissanka and Dilshan Madushanka were out with their respective injuries and the Lankan Team handed the debut cap to Nuwanidu Fernando and included Lahiru Kumara in the team.
Also, the Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was ruled out of the match as he hadn’t recovered sufficiently from a sore right shoulder and was replaced by left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav in the playing XI.
Avishka Fernando opened the innings with debutant Nuwanidu Fernando in the absence of Pathum Nissanka. The Lankan opening duo managed to add only 29 runs together before Mohammed Siraj broke the partnership by dismissing Avishka in the 6th over. Then, Nuwanidu Fernando and Kusal Mendis led the Lankan Team to recovery, but the Indian bowlers soon made a comeback in the match.
At the time of writing, India were at 122/4 in 22 overs with Charith Asalanka and Dasun Shanaka out in the middle.