Offie first, but will love to contribute with my bat: R Ashwin

Perth: When it seemed as if Sri Lanka would make India sweat for their win after the quick dismissals of Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and in form Virat Kohli in the second one-day international match of the Tri-series at WACA ground in Perth, Ravindra Jadeja found an able partner in R Ashwin and helped the India beat the Lankans by four wickets with 20 balls to spare here on Wednesday.

Ecstatic about his all-round performance (3 wickets and 30 runs) which fetched him the man-of-the-match award, Ashwin said that he would like to concentrate on his offies but would be more than happy to contribute with his bat down the order. “

It’s always good to contribute in my team’s win. We were pretty desperate for a win in the competition as big as this. After Virat’s dismissal, I just walked in and said it could be my game and just wanted to hold on to the crease. As for my bowling, I was trying to get the height and succeeded in bowling tight after some bad matches earlier. So it feels good. I will like to concentrate on his offies but will be more than happy to contribute with his bat down the order,” said Ashwin.

Happy with his team’s performance, the Indian skipper said that it was always good to finish as a winning captain. “But then I always smile whether I lose or win as I treat it as a sport,” Dhoni said.

Praising Ashwin and Jadeja, Dhoi said, “It had bee tough for Ashwin in the last few games but but he bowled well and batted well today. As for jadeja we believe in him and he has been proving his worth. After the last match, we wanted to improve in few areas and we practiced hard on that. We still have to improve in certain areas and will try to work on that as well,” said the winning captain.

Meanwhile, Mahela Jayawardene said that Sri Lanka were 25-30 runs short. “260-270 could have been a winning score. We kept on losing wickets and didn’t have the momentum going. India played better cricket today,” said the Sri lankan captain.