December 22, 2009

Credit goes to bowlers for our victory

"The credit for this victory ought to go to the bowlers, especially Harbhajan and Jadeja.

"The wicket was slow and it kept low at times and it helped the spinners a bit."

Sehwag gave India's chase a lightning-quick start with a knock of 44 from 28 deliveries, while the rest of the batsmen chipped in with useful contributions as India made light work of the target.

"My job is to give the team a good start and score as many as I can," continued Sehwag.

"I was in good form and I utilised the first 10 overs very well. Tendulkar then played right through the innings and ensured we won.

"Overall, this was an excellent team performance."

Sri Lanka lost their last nine wickets for the addition of only 74 runs, and captain Sangakkara blamed the defeat on their poor batting display.

"We had everything going for us: a blazing start, a good partnership which I managed to put on with Tharanga which gave us a good base. But too many wickets lost and that was probably the story of the game," he said.

"We didn't really have a target in mind at the start but the focus was on keeping rhythm, working hard and building partnerships.

"We just lost too many wickets and with it momentum."

Sangakkara indicated Sri Lanka had effectively lost the game in the early overs.

"We had to try and get something with the new ball but these are not the easiest of wickets to bowl on," he said.

"The bowlers did a really good job and we were good in the field as well but we really had nothing to defend.

"We need to take a good look at ourselves as individuals and take a lot more responsibility when we get out there again.

"We have got to keep fighting and we have got to come back."

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