Angelo Mathews    AFP
Angelo Mathews AFP

Sri Lanka ended their 12-ODI losing streaking after registering a comprehensive 7-wicket win over India in the first ODI at three-match series at Dharamsala. Angelo Mathews, who took an all-important wicket of Shikhar Dhawan and remained unbeaten on 25 in the chase, called the win special as they had not had things going their way in the past few months.

‘Glad to have finished the chase’

Mathews scored 25 off 42 including 5 boundaries. He steadied the Sri Lankan innings when they lost 2 wickets for 19 runs. “This is a special win. We haven’t had things go our way in the past few months, so this is a special day. I would like to thank the support staff for all the help. I am glad to have finished the chase. When you have the foot on the opponent’s throat, you need to finish it off,” said Mathews after the match.

‘Surprised at the amount of movement’

Suranga Lakmal had a remarkable day with the ball. He received the Player of the Match award for his stunning figures of 10-4-13-4. Mathews, however, was surprised with the amount of movement the bowlers received at Dharamsala.

“Lakmal was outstanding and he was well supported by the rest of the bowlers. We were surprised at the amount of movement in the morning and I thought that our bowlers put the ball at the right place,” Mathews added.

‘It’s a part of workload management’

Mathews did not bowl in the Tests, and the last time he bowled at the international level was against India in ODIs in September. Mathews reasoned on the same. “I have always bowled in the shorter format; just in the Tests, it’s a part of workload management. The selectors have been very understanding, but I would like to bowl in all matches.”