Restricting Sri Lanka to 242 was fantastic: Virat Kohli

kohli108Hyderabad: Giving credit to his bowlers for the six-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the fourth ODI played at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad on Sunday, Indian skipper Virat Kohli said that the bowlers did a fantastic job to restrict the visitors to 242.

"That was a brilliant performance, especially with the ball, given we were one bowler short and had to manage six overs from the part-timers. To restrict them to 242 was fantastic,” said Kohli.
“I knew I had to get to 50 to get 6000, but I did not know how much faster I was from the great man (Viv Richards). I am trying to do whatever I can on the field for the boys,” said Kohli on his feat where he became the fastest player to reach 6000 ODI runs.

Meanwhile, Mahela Jayawardene, who won the man of the match for his century said, “I am surprised and a bit embarrassed to win the man of the match. We need to be consistent in our overall game. The way the Indians are playing, we need 300 to put them under pressure, and we are not there yet. They are putting us under lot of pressure, picking early wickets, putting us on the back foot straight away, and we are doing repair work after that.”

Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews said: "We flopped in our batting once again. You cannot keep repeating mistakes. 300 is a must on Indian wickets. 240 is nothing for bowlers to bowl at. Three-four wickets fell in the Powerplay, which went against us. We are trying our combinations; we want to recognise our strengths and weaknesses going into the World Cup.”