India captain Rohit Sharma says last night’s performance against Sri Lanka was a very smart performance, especially from the bowlers.
Indian claimed a convincing six-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the fourth match of the Nidahas Trophy Twenty20 tri-series against Sri Lanka yesterday.
Shardul Thakur’s 4/27 took the lead in restricting Sri Lanka to 152/9 in what was a 19-overs-a-side contest after a rain delay at the start.
There was a wobble at the beginning of the Indian reply, but Suresh Raina and KL Rahul played good hands before Manish Pandey and Dinesh Karthik finishing the job with nine balls left in the chase.
Sharma said “To restrict a batting unit like that was a great effort. They stuck to the task and delivered the goods. They have done it in the past and it was just a matter of continuing the good work we did against Bangladesh”.
Sri Lanka stand in skipper Thisara Perera faulted the batsmen saying “Our batting line-up did well at the start but our batting, including me, we couldn’t execute in the middle period, which was a mistake. If we had 175, it would have been different”.
Perera added though Sri Lanka had lost two in a row after winning the first game of the series, he was confident that there was enough in the tank to get into the final.