Dhawan (86*) and Ishan Kishan (59) starred with the bat as India defeated Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the first ODI here at the R Premadasa Stadium on Sunday. The second ODI of the three-match series will be played on Tuesday.
“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 had had another one or two in the powerplay, we would have been able to change the game a little bit,” said Karunaratne during a virtual post-match press conference.
Earlier, India kept on taking wickets at regular intervals, but Chamika Karunaratne’s unbeaten 43-run knock helped Sri Lanka post 262/9. For India, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal and Deepak Chahar returned with two 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,” said Karunaratne.
“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; hopefully, that will happen in the next games.
“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 added.