SL vs Ind – Chance for Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal to recreate the old magic

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The 2 are again the place it began for them in ODIs, however neither man goes into the collection a sure starter

The final time India toured Sri Lanka for a bilateral ODI collection, they put in place what turned a key part of their 50-overs technique for the very best a part of the subsequent two years. It was in Colombo, within the fifth ODI of a collection that India gained 5-0, that Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal first bowled together.

They got here collectively as a result of India had struggled for middle-overs wickets through the 2017 Champions Trophy, and the wristspin partnership went a great distance in direction of fixing that concern: between that event and the 2019 World Cup, solely Afghanistan amongst Full-Member groups had a greater collective bowling common within the second powerplay (overs 11-40) than India’s 32.98.

In that interval between ICC occasions, Yadav (87 wickets at 21.74) and Chahal (66 at 25.68) have been the top two wicket-takers in all ODI cricket. They featured in tandem in every of India’s first six matches on the 2019 World Cup, however that sixth game revealed the cracks within the technique.

The pitch at Edgbaston was flat, and one of many sq. boundaries was considerably shorter than the opposite. In these circumstances, England’s marauding prime order took full toll of Yadav and Chahal, who took simply the one wicket between them whereas going for 160 of their 20 overs. India’s chase of 338 by no means actually received going, with their lack of lower-order batting seemingly forcing the highest order to minimise threat and play for web run-rate.

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