Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni remained positive even after the upset in the first T20 international against Sri Lanka. He said that the defeat has given them the chance to assess the batting department ahead of the WorldT20.
India’s winning streak in T20Is came to an embarrassing end when they lost to a Sri Lankan side which was not even at its full strength.
“The good thing is that this type of pitch on which we have not played for a long time. There were a lot of positives. It was one day everyone got a chance to bat. At the same time, there was pressure on all batsmen. Yes, the result did not go our way, but there were a lot of positives to take away from this game,” said Dhoni at the post-game media conference.
“It’s a rare that in a twenty over game all wickets fall. I don’t think it’s a bad idea to test everyone. Because it will give us an idea of how deep is our batting. If the top order keeps performing now on itself, the lower order will not get and exposure and the chance to bat and get tested before the T20 World Cup,” he added.
The pitch had a fair amount of bounce and seam movement and the home team were out for a paltry 101 in 18.5 overs. The Indian batsmen failed to play the trio of Kasun Rajitha (3/29), Dashun Shanaka (3/16) and Dushmantha Chameera (2/14). The rookies inflicted heavy damage on the Indian batting line-up.
Sri Lanka achieved the target with two overs to spare.
“This is a different format. If you chase 140 there is no point in trying to win it in 12 or 13 overs. Better to aim for the 16th or 17th over,” Dhoni said.
The hosts were 72 for 8 before top-scorer Ravichandran Ashwin, who made 31 not out in 24 balls, took the score to 100.
(With Inputs From PTI)