IND 112 (38.2 Ovs)
SL 114/3 (20.4 Ovs)
Sri Lanka won by 7 wkts
Rohit Sharma, losing skipper: Two games to go, but having said that we weren’t up to the mark today. Just not enough runs on the board but the bowlers came out there and did whatever they could. Had we had 70-80 runs more we could have had a game on our hands. It is important that we as a team thrive on conditions such as these and come out good. Not everyday will we get flat tracks and today was a good learning curve. You need to understand your game and come out of such situations. Today was an eye-opener and we need to regroup and do well. He’s (Dhoni) done it for so many years and he knows what exactly needs to be done in such conditions. Someone with him could have made the difference and I am not at all surprised by the way he played. He was the only one battling it out. There was something in the pitch even when we were bowling but 113 was just not going to be enough. Not such a great experience of losing the first match as a captain – nobody likes losing games and we need to focus on the next two games and come out hard.
Angelo Mathews: This is a special win, we haven’t had things go our way in the past few months, so this is a special day. I would like to thank the support staff for all the help. I am glad to have finished the chase, when you have the foot on the opponent’s throat, you need to finish it off. Lakmal was outstanding and he was well supported by the rest of the bowlers. We were surprised at the amount of movement in the morning and I thought that our bowlers put the ball at the right place. India is a quality team and I am sure they will fight back in the next game. So, we need to be at the top of our game for the rest of the series. I have always bowled in the shorter format; just in the Tests, it’s a part of workload management. The selectors have been very understanding, but I would like to bowl in all matches.