Sri Lanka batsman, Chamika Karunaratne said he expected India will target his side in the ODI series since the outfit of Shikhar Dhawan is the best team. The attack started with Shikar Dhawan (86*), the batting with Ishan Kishan (59), while Sri Lanka was defeated by India on Sunday at the R Premadasa stadium by 7-Wickets in the first ODI. India took the 1-0 lead in the three-game series through this victory. On, Tuesday will be the 2nd ODI.
“We tried to get wickets rather than bowl dot balls. We tried to use our bouncers and our pace. They are a top team and we knew they would attack us. If we’d taken wickets we would have been able to pull them back. We were able to get one in the powerplay, and if we’d had another one or two in the powerplay we would have been able to change the game a little bit,” said Karunaratne during a press conference.
‘We do have the ability to get to 300 or 350’: Karunaratne
However, India continued regularly collecting Wickets, but the unbeatable 43-run-Knock of Chamika Karunaratne rescued Sri Lanka after 262/9. For Team India, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Deepak Chahar got 2 wickets each.
“A lot of our batsmen got good starts, but a lot of us weren’t able to continue. We were trying to play longer innings, even when I was batting with Dasun Shanaka in the 42nd or 43rd over I asked him if I should go for some big shots, but he told me to wait until the 45th over”.
“ If more of our batsmen had been able to bat longer, we could have attacked earlier and gone for a bigger score. We do have the ability to get to 300 or 350, and hopefully, that will happen in the next games,” said Karunaratne.
“This wicket was playing a bit slow, so we did talk during our innings about putting the ball into gaps and running hard a little bit more. But they also bowled really well. They bowled in good areas and their captain managed the field well,” he concluded.