Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal was reasonably happy after his team escaped with a draw under fading light at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
“In these kind of conditions, toss was crucial. We fought hard and competed well. Till the last session, we fought well and played as a team. Unfortunately, the last 10-15 overs brought a lot of pressure but we played good cricket and competed well. Lakmal is unbelievable, especially over the last one or two years. He's one who you can trust as a captain,” Chandimal said.
On Rangana Herath's crucial knock, Chandimal responded, “Rangana scoring runs, he's a fighter, unfortunately spinners couldn't come into the game. We'll have to learn how to battle, especially in the second innings. In UAE also, we didn't bat well in the second innings against Pakistan. If we can do that, we can do a lot better.”
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the man of the match added, "Frankly speaking, it was tougher to bowl in the second innings as the surface was a lot drier. But the ball was reversing, so that helped. When I made my debut, I was totally dependent on swing. International circuit tells you what you need to improve on. I worked hard on my fitness and that is paying off. We believed we could win.”
--By A Cricket Correspondent