On a slow and low track, Angelo Matthews won the toss and decided to field first more because of the Indian strength to chase down totals rather than the conditions and the pitch. The match had everything that you could ask from a cricket match. It had its twist, turns, victories and heartbreaks. At the end the Sri Lankans kept their nerves and emerged victorious in a very crucial and thrilling encounter against the Indian team. Here’s a look back at the good, the bad and the average from both teams.
Shikhar Dhawan: The southpaw finally found his form in the one day format back and played a matured and patient innings that held the Indian innings together right until the end of the batting power play
Ravindra jadeja: Sir Jadeja continued on with his good form in this game as well. He was India’s best bowler in the game by a long margin and picked up wickets at crucial times.
Ravichandran Ashwin: The off spinner bowled a wonderful spell and gave away very few runs. He supported Jadeja very well and the spin duo almost won the match for India.
Virat Kohli: By the standards he has set for himself anything less than a half century seems to be a disappointing performance by the Indian captain.
The pace attack: Both Mohammad Shami and Bhuvaneshvar Kumar actually complemented each other really well. One gave away lots of runs and picked wickets while the other kept it tight and refrained from taking any wickets. If India needs to win future matches, these two need to get it right in the death overs, which they failed to do in this match.
Rohit Sharma: He continues to disappoint after getting promising starts.
The middle order: None of the middle order batsmen except Rahane looked like they belonged there. All of them got out either to bad shots or poor judgment of the delivery.
Stuart Binny: The all-rounder proved to be nothing but a leisurely addition to the team. Neither did he score runs nor could he bowl his quota of overs. It’s still not understood why he was included in the team in the first place.
Kumar Sangakara: The southpaw played another match winning innings and continued his amazing form which he has been carrying since the past year or so. He explained exactly why he has been called the run machine for the last year.
Kushal Perrera: The opener played a good hand and gave Sri Lanka a solid start
The spin attack: Ajantha Mendis, Senanayake and Chaturanga de Silva all bowled extremely well and stopped India from posting on a huge total. At one point the Indians looked to be moving ahead in the direction of posting a 300+ score but the spinners changed the course of the match completely
Lasith Malinga: He did bowl pretty good Yorkers in the end but rest of his performance was rather unimpressive.
The middle order: They nearly gave away the match to the Indians. Sri Lanka was moving along nicely to an easy victory but the middle order collapse surely would have given them some jitters.
Thisara Pererra: He did score the winning runs but he also nearly gave away his wicket right before that which could have completely turned the match on its head. He also didn’t perform that well with the ball going for nearly 6.00 runs per over.
All in all we witnessed one of the better matches which consisted this two teams. In the end it was almost a perfectly balance match except that the Indian “bads” outweighed the Sri Lankan “bads” which ultimately proved to be the deciding factor in the match.