Sri Lankan batsmen shine in win over India

  • Sri Lankan batsmen shine in win over India

Sri Lankan batsmen shine in win over India

Summary: KOLKATA: Pumped up by the win over Pakistan last Sunday, city fans had nearly taken Sri Lanka for granted in the second group league match of the Champions Trophy on Thursday.

At one time Indian's were 179 with the fall of three wickets but the unbelievable player MS Dhoni and the smashing hitter of today Shikhar Dhawan takes the game in their hands and after that Sri Lankan bowlers were hit hard by the Indians and they lose their control over the game. But after the departure of Rohit for a well-compiled 78, India received a big blow when skipper Virat Kohli was sent back by Nuwan Pradeep for a duck.

Kusal Mendis, who was adjudged Man of the Match, said in the post-match presentation, "I am very happy to have won my first game against India". I thought we had enough on the board. Kept their momentum going and executed their shots really well. "India have a good chance (to win) and also I want to back my country Australia". Kohli's men will now play South Africa on Sunday in a virtual qualifier as the victor of this match will march in the semi-finals while the losing team will be eliminated from the tournament.

It was a typically muscular effort from India as they pursue an 11th win from their last 14 ODI matches, and a 15th victory in their last 18 meetings with Sri Lanka. Although Virat Kohli couldn't score like he did against Pakistan, MS Dhoni played very well and Kedar Jadhav gave the finishing touch to the Indian innings.

The din that accompanied Shikhar Dhawan's every stroke - the Indian opener scored a brilliant 125 - had become a anxious murmur as Sri Lanka built their response. "But that second-wicket partnership set us the platform". We are playing against a champion side.

A mix-up between the two saw Gunathilaka run out for 76, with Mendis following in similar circumstances five overs later for a team-high 89, but that failed to slow the chase.

But the holders paid the price for not pushing closer to 350 and now find themselves in a scrap to progress from Group B, where all four teams have two points with one match left to play.

"I think we have to push harder now in the next few games to give us a 20-run cushion may be after seeing a result like this because we are playing on the same ground", he added. He shared a 40-run stand with Yuvraj Singh (7) with the latter's contribution being just seven runs in it. Yuvraj's 18-ball vigil ended when he was castled by Asela Gunaratne (1-7) as India were put in a spot of bother at 179 for three in 33 overs.

Asked as to how he will lift the team after the demoralising defeat, Kohli said he would treat it just like he would have treated a batting collapse.