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Perera praises Sri Lankan bowlers after win

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  11 Dec 2017 12:00 AM GMT

Dharamsala, Dec 10: Sri Lanka captain Thisara Perera heaped praise on his bowlers after their seven-wicket win over India in the first One-Day Intertiol (ODI) here on Sunday. "Firstly we need to give 200 percent credit to our bowlers; they did everything right for us, bowling in the right lines and length. Their discipline was excellent and that was the reason for our success," Perera told the media. "I thought Lakmal did perfectly for us in the Test series and now is carrying it forward in the ODIs. He's the number one fast bowler for us at the moment," he added.

The Sri Lankan skipper was surprised at the ture of the wicket at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium here and praised opener Upul Tharanga for spearheading the chase.

Tharanga scored 49 runs, smashing 10 boundaries during his 46-ball innings. He also formed a 46-run third wicket stand with Angelo Mathews.

"This is an unplayable wicket, we did not expect this. We thought around 250-260 but when we were bowling itself we realised that we had to keep them under 220. I have to mention Upul, he gave the best start and he is one of the best openers. Our batsmen have been doing well over the last couple of months but without success," Perera said. "All in all, everything worked for us today." IANS

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