The Indian team didn’t have the best of starts to the Nidahas trophy when they lost the first match to hosts Sri Lanka but the Men in Blue bounced back to win their next two matches. The Indian fast bowler Shardul Thakur believes that the first match was an eye opener for them.
Thakur scalped four wickets in the match to be adjudged the man of the match. The Indian bowlers kept chipping in with regular wickets and the hosts were not able to get to the desired target in their innings. Thakur also added that the regular wickets in the death overs kept Sri Lanka at bay.
The bowlers were once again able to set up the Indian win.
Thakur had gone for 27 runs in one over in the first match but he has shown that he is a quick learner. The Mumbai bowler was right on the money in India’s third match of the series.
“In Twenty20 cricket, you have to be ready for surprises. The first game was an eye-opener for us. I got hit for 27 runs and there were some other bowlers that went for 15 runs in one over. I felt in the game against Bangladesh and in this game, we executed our plans better,” Thakur said in the post-match conference.
Thakur went on to add that the regular wickets in the death overs helped India in restricting Sri Lanka to below par total. Shardul added, “The way Sri Lanka was going, they looked good for 165-170. However, we got Upul Tharanga out. He was looking to go hard at our bowlers. Then Thisara Perera came and hit a couple of boundaries. I got him out and then those crucial two-three wickets restricted them. I would say they were 20-25 runs short.”
It was a clinical performance from the Indian team and they are looking good to make their way into the finals of the tournament. Thakur also showered praises on Washington Sundar for his economical spell of 2 for 21. “He has got good variations and he tries to spin the ball. It is amazing to see his variations and that is the key,” Thakur added.
India will now lock horns with Bangladesh on March 14th and they would look to book their finals berth.