Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews was all praise for his team after the team's stunning win over India by seven wickets. The Lankans chased 321 thanks to fifties from Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews himself.
"To beat India is quite fantastic it is one of our top wins. It was a very good effort from the bowlers as they restricted India to 321. We know this is a good batting wicket and 300 is quite chaseable," said Mathews on the win.
Praising his young batsmen, Mathews added, "To walk in and bat like he (Gunathilaka) did was fantastic. Kusal Mendis is a great player and we rate him very highly. Kusal Perera also played a good hand. Those crucial partnerships were the key for us."
"I thought the partnership between Gunathilaka and Mendis, they set the platform for us to go out and express ourselves. I think that was a turning point of the match," added Matthews.
Sri Lanka’s win means the winners of the India vs South Africa and Pakistan vs Sri Lanka matches will go through to the semi-finals.
"It's a must-win game for all of us in the next game. Not many people expected us to win and that took the pressure off us. Our plan is to go out there and express ourselves and that will be the plan next game as well," admitted Mathews.
--By A Cricket Correspondent