Sri Lanka dominated the bowling for the majority of the game only to lose to a certain Deepak Chahar, who played a blinder of a knock to enable India to seal the match by three wickets and also take home the three-match series 2:0.
It was one of the best rearguard actions ever seen in the history of the ODI cricket and a lesson or two in self-belief as to never give up till the very end. Walking in at number eight, Chahar scored an unbeaten 69 and held his composure right through the innings.
The bitter defeat has not gone well for quite a few new players in the Lankan team. One of them, Charith Asalanka seems to have been hurt the most by the shocking loss by his team. Asalanka is into his just fourth ODI match and, for him, this experience was nothing short of an emotional roller-coaster of a ride.
"We're all emotional - the team and coaches are all emotional," Asalanka said after the game.
"We're a young team. We haven't won much recently, and we're trying to do our best to play together for our country. Everyone tried hard and took it to the final over, but unfortunately, we couldn't win,” said Asalanka according to Cricbuzz.
India had no business to win the second ODI, it was, after all, the home team's match to win and level the three-match ODI series 1-1. Asalanka concluded by saying that his side was much improved from the first game, but needs to work on few aspects more.
"We did make some mistakes in the field, and we gave away more than 10 runs in the field. We need to fix that. Nos. 8 and 9 also scored runs, so we have to figure out how to stop that as well," Asalanka said.