The Indian fast bowlers worked as a team and this was responsible for India's emphatic 8 wicket win over SL. Another quickie, Ishant Sharma, struck form and SL was reduced to nothing by his accurate swing and he was declared the Man of the Match! Virat Kohli struck form. It was B Kumar who first struck for India, removing the inexperienced Kusal Pereira, who edged one to Raina ! In 18 overs, the Indian speedsters had reduced SL to 41/3, in overcast conditions. It was a good toss for Dhoni who elected to bowl ! Ishant removed Mahela and Thirumanne in successive overs !
"The wicket was two paced and there was lot of movement and bounce. I am happy that I could find my rhythm and hit the right lengths. It's very important to bowl in the right areas and I am lucky I did it."
"I am not to bowl like this every day." he added.
"It's a good feeling. I don't want to call myself the leader of the pace attack because we are working hard as a team and Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) and Umesh (Yadav) are bowling well as well. It's team work"
"I was bowling well in the IPL and I am just taking that momentum forward. It's not only about conditions, it's about bowling in the right areas. I have been doing this from the IPL," he said.
About Dhoni backing him, he said "MS bhai is always supporting and it's a pleasure to have him as our captain" "Everyone is charged up. We are getting better as a fielding unit and bowlers are getting that confidence." He said he has no special plans against formidable England.
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