VISAKHAPATNAM: India captain MS Dhoni feels coherence is pivotal in a run-up to a World T20 after his side trounced Sri Lanka by 9 wickets to bind a three-match array 2-1 in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.
Premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin bagged a career-best 4-8 to assistance India skittle out a visitors for 82 — Sri Lanka’s lowest T20I measure — before cantering home in 13.5 overs.
Continuing their winning run after a 3-0 delight in Australia, India overcame a initial detriment in Pune to get a improved of a depleted Sri Lankan side in a subsequent dual games.
“I feel it was a really good game, it was critical we limited them to a decent total. Ashwin was a collect [of a bowlers]though he was good upheld by a others,” pronounced Dhoni, before branch his courtesy to a future. “In between, we will remove one or dual games. We wish to keep personification a approach we’re playing. Consistency will give us a confidence. Eight seasons of a Indian Premier League have given us a experience.”
Sri Lanka, meanwhile, were left to charity a failures of their batsmen as they folded nonetheless again for a tiny score. “We didn’t perform good via a array as batsmen. If we got 140-plus, we would have had a chance, though we didn’t do that. Losing wickets happens with an fresh team,” pronounced skipper Dinesh Chandimal. “I’m tender with bowlers [Dasun] Shanaka and [Dushmantha] Chameera. We need to regroup as a team.”
Ashwin bagged not usually a male of a compare endowment though also a male of a array for his 9 wickets.
“I wish this lasts forever,” pronounced Ashwin of his new purple patch. “The round is entrance out flattering well. I’ve been operative flattering hard, we wish to minister to a group rather than being a liability.”
It was Dhoni’s initial T20I bi-lateral array win on home dirt as a World T20 hosts beaten home their standing as one of a favourites for a pretension in March.
Published in The Express Tribune, Feb 16th, 2016.