KL Rahul has not put a foot wrong since his return to international cricket from a long injury layoff. After hitting a match-winning 111 not out against Pakistan in the Super Fours match of Asia Cup 2023 on Monday, Rahul was once again good with the bat and even better behind the wickets in the second Super Fours match against Sri Lanka on Tuesday at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
KL Rahul chipped in with a crucial 39 off 44 balls after India were jolted by left-arm spinner Dunith Wellalage. India went from 80 for 0 to 91 for 3, losing their top-order after which Rahul joined hands with Ishan Kishan to stitch a 63-run partnership and steer India out of trouble.
Rahul was watching the ball from the spinners’ hands closely as he was fluent during his knock of 39, a day after the sensational century, his first in ODIs against Pakistan.
India managed 213 on the board and KL Rahul was exceptional with the gloves and his judgment of LBW calls.
ROHIT IGNORES KL’S CALL
In the 12th over of the match, Kuldeep Yadav got a delivery to turn and beat the edge of Charith Asalanka. Kuldeep immediately went up in appeal as he believed that the ball brushed the edge of the bat. As Kuldeep tried to convince Rohit Sharma to go for the Decision Review System, KL Rahul was seen shaking his head, saying no and arguing that the ball turned enough and did not take the edge.
As the DRS countdown timer of 15 seconds was running down, Rohit Sharma and Kuldeep Yadav kept discussing and KL Rahul continued with his stand of saying no to the review.
However, the review was taken and India eventually lost the review. The replays suggested that the ball was close to the edge of the bat but the ultra-edge technology did not show any spike when the ball passed the bat.
Rohit Sharma sported a cheeky smile on his face during the change of ends between overs and had a chat with KL Rahul after the decision review did not go in India’s favour.
KL Rahul also took a fine catch to eventually get Charith Asalanka in Kuldeep Yadav’s over.
Sri Lanka were reduced to 99 for 6 as Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja got quick wickets but the hosts were alive in the chase, thanks to a fifty-plus stand from Dhananjaya de Silva and Dunith Wellalage.