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We could have bowled out India for less than 50 – Lakmal

Lakmal

Man of the Match in Dharamsala, Suranga Lakmal,”I think they were 29 for 7 at one stage. We thought we could bowl them out for 40 runs or so. But MS Dhoni batted beautifully. Had we dismissed him early, we could have dismissed them cheaply. You’ve got to realise that he is a world class player. He has been in these situations before, having played over 300 ODIs. Our focus was on winning the game. So we didn’t worry about it too much after we had made a good start,” Lakmal said.

(Dhoni) The former Indian captain averages 38 in Tests and 51 in ODIs, but the numbers against Sri Lanka are stunning with a Test average of 49 and ODI average of 66.

India vs Sri Lanka, 1st ODI – Sri Lanka won by 7 wkts

“It’s been quite a struggle for us in white-ball cricket. We lost 12 ODIs in a row and at one point our World Cup participation was in doubt as well. Very pleasing to win here and take a lead in the series. We had some very good training and our planning was good and today the execution was perfect,” Lakmal.

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