Colombo: Virat Kohli praised the effort of the Indian team after they registered a convincing innings and 53 runs victory over Sri Lanka in the second Test at Colombo.
Speaking at the post-match presentation, Kohli said, “I am very happy with the way team performed, Saha was agile and safe behind the stumps. He conceded only 4 byes, which shows his level of skills. Rahane and Pujara – two of our best Test players got runs, then KL at top of the order and Jadeja lower down the order also got runs.”
Talking about enforcing the follow-on, Kohli said that the pitch and the good lead India had after first innings played a key role in the decision,
“The way wicket behaved and the nature of the pitch led us to enforcing the follow-on. I am not a big fan of enforcing the follow on, because if the pitch breaks down, then even chasing 150 becomes difficult. We did not want to give the opposition any chance.”
Sri Lanka showed some fight in the second innings, but Kohli said that he expected it, and such performances make the team better,
“If you play Test cricket at international level, you are going to face tough, you can’t expect to win every session. But we enjoyed the tough time, it makes you better as a team and as a cricketer. Patience is important for success at this level and we showed that.”
Sri Lankan skipper Dinesh Chandimal conceded that the match was lost in the first innings,
“We were outplayed in the first innings with the bat and the ball. We will take positves out of this game – the way Mendis and Karunaratne batted in the second innings were good. We missed Gunaratne, he has performed consistently for us over the last year.”
Talking about the decision of not going in with an extra bowler,Chandimal said that it was done to maintain the balance of the team.
Ravindra Jadeja was awarded the man of the match. he said “The ball wasn’t turning much in the first innings, but there were spots in the second innings specially in the middle of the pitch. Mendis played really well, tackling the sweep shot is always a challenge but that’s when a bowler needs to change his line and length, and also the field placements.”