Series: India and Bangladesh in Sri Lanka T20I Tri-Series, 2018
IND 174/5 (20.0 Ovs)
SL 175/5 (18.3 Ovs)
Sri Lanka won by 5 wkts
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Dinesh Chandimal, Sri Lanka captain: We are very happy as a team. This is a very good start for the tournament. We will look to continue the momentum. Really happy for the side. The last series gave us a lot of confidence, thanks to management they have been really helpful during the practice sessions. Credit goes to boys, they have done a great job. He is doing an excellent job and we know how good we are as a team. Really happy.
Rohit Sharma, India captain: I think it was a par score, definitely something we could have defended. We could have accelerated a bit more towards the end. It was a decent wicket. The kind of start they got was amazing. A lot of credit must go to Sri Lanka, to their whole batting group. I’m sure we will learn from our mistakes. I felt we’ve got enough experience in our bowling line-up. They are very much new into the scene, they have had enough experience having been in these situations before. We all know on a wicket like that you need your batting as strong as possible. Our squad is well equipped with plenty of all-rounders and that offers the balance to the side.
Kusal Perera, Man of the Match: This is my best innings, but I had better innings as well. I backed myself and practiced hard to hit the ball cleanly. Bowlers did a good job by restricting India to 174. Credit must go to them as well.