It was an epic last session in Kolkata that almost won India the game but Sri Lanka somehow managed to escape the inevitable as lights were not sufficient and play was called off on the final day.
Indian pacer duo Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami were immense in the last session and they dismantled the Lankan batting order, it was only a shame that both rain and bad light curtailed the play time and otherwise it certainly would have been an India victory.
This is a transcript of what was said by the both captains and the Man of the Match Bhuvneshwar Kumar-
Virat Kohli: “It was important to make something out of the game with whatever time we had. Conditions changed drastically over the five days. We had to show character, having been on the backfoot on day one and day two. Credit to Sri Lanka. The team showed a lot of character. We didn’t look at the batting collapse. We believed in our strengths. If you didn’t have intent on this wicket, it would’ve been difficult to survive.”
Kohli also added that they fought hard for the win and he is proud of his team’s performance.
Dinesh Chandimal: “In these kind of conditions, toss was crucial. We fought hard and competed well. Till the last session, we fought well and played as a team. Unfortunately, the last 10-15 overs brought a lot of pressure but we played good cricket and competed well. Lakmal is unbelievable, especially over the last one or two years. He’s one who you can trust as a captain.”
The Lanka skipper also hailed Rangana Herath for scoring runs in the first innings but admits that they will have to show more tenacity in their performance, specially in the second innings.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar: “Frankly speaking, it was tougher to bowl in the second innings as the surface was a lot drier,”
Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up 8 wickets in the match
“But the ball was reversing, so that helped. When I made my debut, I was totally dependent on swing. International circuit tells you what you need to improve on. I worked hard on my fitness and that is paying off. We believed we could win.”