Rohit Sharma was a happy captain after India outplayed Sri Lanka in the fourth Twenty20 International of the Nidahas Trophy in Colombo on Monday.
Rohit lauded the bowlers who set up India’s six-wicket win that rocketed them to the top of the table in the tri-series.
“Smart performance, especially from the bowlers. To restrict a batting unit like that, it was a great effort from the bowlers. The conditions weren’t easy for the bowlers, there was a bit of dew on the ground. Neither easy for the spinners nor the pacers, but they have executed their plans really well. Just continued where we left off against Bangladesh.
“The bowlers came out and executed the ideas and plans really well. We discussed a lot of things and it was very much on display for everyone to see,” Rohit said at the post match presentation ceremony.
Put in to bat, Sri Lanka were restricted to 152/9 thanks to a brilliant bowling performance by man-of-the-match Shardul Thakur, who picked up his career-best 4/27.
India did not get off to an ideal start after both their openers Rohit Sharma (11) and Shikhar Dhawan (8) fell cheaply. But Suresh Raina and KL Rahul steadied India’s ship with a 40-run stand before the southpaw departed for 27 off 15 balls.
Rahul (18) too fell soon as he became the first Indian to be out hit-wicket when he fell in the 10th over bowled by Jeevan Mendis.
However, Pandey (42 not out) and Karthik (39 not out) then added an unbroken 68 runs for the fifth wicket to take India home. It was India’s second victory in the tri-series. Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have won one each.
“We bat really deep, and we haven’t had a batting line-up like that in a long time. We have a lot of all-rounders, but the middle-order hasn’t had opportunities to bat in the recent past, but as you saw today, Manish and DK batted extremely well. Can’t single out a performance, it was a complete team effort,” Rohit said.
India next play Bangladesh on Wednesday and a win will take them to the final.
“We aren’t laid back at all, because all three teams are still alive in the tournament. They can all stand at four points. So we need to continue the momentum from hereon. The new guys have all taken their opportunities and made good use of it. So we don’t need to go and change anything, we just need to play the way we have over the last two years,” he said.