Ater losing the opening game against Sri Lanka by five wickets on Tuesday, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma said players will learn from their mistakes and will return strongly in the remaining matches. Kusal Perera's brilliant 66 off 37 balls and some crucial contributions from the middle-order helped Sri Lanka beat India in the first T20I of Nidahas Trophy on Tuesday. After the Indian batsmen put up a decent target of 175 in the first innings, their bowlers failed to make a mark as the hosts hammered the bowlers all around the park.
Indian spinners Yuzvendra Chahal (2/37) and Washington Sundar (2/28) provided the crucial breakthroughs to control the run flow. But towards the end, Dasun Shanaka (15 not out) and Thisara Perera (22 not out) played sensibly and helped the hosts to clinch the opening match of the tri-nation T20 tournament. (SCORECARD)
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"A lot of credit must go to Sri Lanka, to their whole batting group. I'm sure we will learn from our mistakes," Rohit said after the match.
Rohit also said that the batsmen could have added a few more runs to the target towards the end on a flat Colombo deck. "I think it was a par score, definitely something we could have defended. We could have accelerated a bit more towards the end. It was a decent wicket," he said.
"We all know on a wicket like that you need your batting as strong as possible. Our squad is well equipped with plenty of all-rounders and that offers the balance to the side," he added.
Commenting on the new-look bowling line-up, Rohit said: "I felt we've got enough experience in our bowling line-up. They are very much new into the scene, they have had enough experience having been in these situations before."
"We all know on a wicket like that you need your batting as strong as possible. Our squad is well equipped with plenty of all-rounders and that offers the balance to the side," the Indian captain signed off.
(With IANS Inputs)