When the match between two amazing teams Sri Lanka and India commenced on Thursday, what one could see in the stadium was only tricolors. Indian supporters kept on rallying behind the Men in Blue for the 75 over that were played during the overcast day.
There were the usual ‘jeetega bhai jeetega India jeetega chants’, Mexican Wave, bhangra and the dhol all through the play. However, when Kusal Mendis and Danushka Gunathilaka took the center stage, they readily put the Lankans back in the match again and this was when Sri Lanka fans begin appearing in the crowd.
When Sri Lankan Skipper Angelo Mathews and Gunaratne wrapped up the chase, Indian tricolor has almost vanished and the Lankan lions were seen by all. Sri Lanka knows they have punched above the weight as they were successful in chasing down 322 runs set by Indian Players. During the post-match press conference, Skipper Angelo Mathews said, “No one expects us to win and that is the best thing for us. But we showed what we can do if we play freely and express ourselves. We can beat any team. We are still the underdogs.”
A day after Pakistan shocked South Africa, the Sri Lanka’s victory has completely changed the script in the group. The remaining matches, between South Africa and India on Sunday at the Oval and Pakistan and Sri Lanka at Cardiff on Monday are now being seen as quarter-finals.
Indian Captain Virat Kohli said, “This is great for the tournament. There will be more competitive cricket in the last two games of the group and as a team, we are ready for it.” When asked why Indian team starts losing stream between 25th and 40th over, the Indian skipper said he thought batsmen had put enough runs on the board.
Virat Kohli too said in the post match conferences that, “I am open to any kind of team combination and a final call on the same will be taken closer to the game. It is clear that there is a very big chance Ashwin will play the final match.”