Kohli has no regrets about changing the batting order

2017-08-25 09:24
Virat Kohli (Getty)

Kandy - India captain Virat Kohli has no regrets about changing the batting order in the second ODI against Sri Lanka in Kandy on Thursday even though his team just scraped to victory.

Chasing a revised target of 231 in 47 overs, the visitors were cruising when openers Rohit Sharma (54) and Shikhar Dhawan (49) put on 109 for the first wicket. 

However, Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dananjaya (6-54) initiated a stunning collapse as India lost seven wickets for just 22 runs. 

MS Dhoni (45 not out) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (53 not out) though added an unbroken stand of 100 to see India over line by three wickets to go two-nil up in the five-match series.

India's skipper said after the game that he wanted to give other batters a chance in the middle and had no regrets about his decision. 

Kohli said: "When you're 110 for 1 in a chase of 230, you want to give everyone a chance to bat. I don't have any regrets. 

"If I had come at No 3, I would have still missed that ball because he (Dananjaya) was bowling that well. 

"It was quite an exciting game of cricket, fans and players must have been entertained. 

"It is good for us to come through eventually. Two 100-run partnerships in a chase of 230 with seven wickets, that's quite bizarre. This kind of thing does not happen in this game often." 

The third ODI between the teams in set for the same venue on Sunday.

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