India vs Sri Lanka, 4th ODI (D/N), Colombo (RPS), Aug 31 2017, India tour of Sri Lanka
Match Result: India won by 168 runs
Player of the Match: Rohit Sharma [104(88)]
Match Report: Oh boy, the depth of Indian batting is marvellous. India didn’t even need the lower order though because it was all Virat-Rohit show. It’s remarkable how easy this duo makes batting look. Virat Kohli was the aggressor in this innings and his strike rate was that of a T20 match.
Sri Lanka never got going. Top order failed miserably. Angelo Matthews took the responsibility of saving the team from an embarrassing defeat. His 70 did keep the hopes alive and didn’t make the match a one-sided affair.
Lasith Malinga: “300th wicket is just a number,” he says. ” I’m happy, but we lost which is very unfortunate. It’s not easy. Last five matches, we didn’t post 250. Young players want to perform well, they’re all excited but we haven’t been able to come up with our best. They need the experience. Hopefully they will do their best over the next few months.
Virat Kohli: “We spoke about not being complacent at any stage, today was a clinical performance,” he says. “We wanted to bat first because we hadn’t batted first in the three games. The surface was amazing. It was a good toss to win. We’ve given opportunities to three new guys. They will get another opportunity. Batting order will depend on the situation of the game.”
Rohit Sharma: It was a slow wicket at the start and slightly damp, as the game progressed it got better. It was important for one of the batters to stay till the 14th or 15th over. I didn’t manage to do it in the last few games thankfully it happened today. I am working on timing the ball really well and trying to maintain my shape. It has worked for me for many years. Right from when I started playing cricket, I have relied on timing. Today also I relied on timing and thankfully it is coming off.
My selection in the team where I didn’t get a chance to play, being in the dressing room I got to learn a lot. I got to know some routines, I got to know what hard work to go through, it was a very good learning curve for me. That one thing really helped me a lot. It was a dream, started really slow, didn’t dream of getting a hundred, aim was to get to a total of maybe 160-170. I like it but I would have loved to be on the winning side today.
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