After a dreadful bowling performance from defending champions India crash to an unexpected seven-wicket defeat against Sri Lanka in a high-scoring ICC Champions Trophy. Skipper Virat Kohli said he expected his side bowlers to defend 321 but Sri Lanka batted very well to take the game away.
The 28-year-old skipper Kohli said at the post-match presentation, “We felt we had enough on the board, we trusted out bowlers, but Sri Lanka were pretty good. They kept the momentum through the innings, they picked their areas to hit and executed really well.”
“There’s always hindsight. I thought we bowled decently. But when you don’t execute properly, there is always food for thought. Here you have to give credit to the other team.
India, inspired by Shikhar Dhawan’s superb 125, place in a high total of 321/6 but Sir Lanka recovers the runs with eight balls left to level Group B wide open. Kohli said “I think Sri Lanka played really well. The other teams are also champions and that needs to be kept in mind. We are not invincible.”
Indian bowlers struggled to hold the Sri Lanka’s batsmen but Danushka Gunathilaka and Kusal Mendis shared a second-wicket partnership of 159 before skipper Angelo Mathews steered his team home with a composed unbeaten 52.
Kohli said “We all felt we had enough on the board at the halfway mark. We trusted our bowlers, but they (Sri Lanka) were pretty good on the day. Kept their momentum going and executed their shots really well. Our bowlers bowled decently, but they batted really well.”
Talking about his side bowling performance, Kohli said “There is always hindsight when you don’t win games. As I said we bowled decently well, but the execution wasn’t quite there. Obviously, there is food for thought but you have got to give credit to other teams as well. You don’t take any team lightly. It’s going to be like this throughout the tournament and we don’t expect anything less.”