The more important thing is that we won the game and right from the start we were right on top and gave nothing easy. We know what to do now in Vizag, the conditions will be different but we need to adapt and attack.
As a batting unit we were challenged in the first ODI but we came back hard today. Washington's debut Not the ideal conditions for him to debut but this is how he will learn.
He has the talent and he has shown it in the IPL. As a team management we want to back players like him and do not want to put any undue pressure on him.
I am sure he must have learnt a lot playing with the wet ball and I wish him all the luck. Winning the game was important for me and for the team.
After the loss at Dharamsala it was necessary to come back, and what a comeback it was. Shikhar gave us a perfect start and Shreyas Iyer, playing his second match, just didn't look like he was playing only his second match.
It was great to get the total we got because there was a bit of dew in the end. If I am not wrong, in the first two s as well I got the century in the th over and I kept telling myself to hold my shape and hit through the line while I batted through to the 50th over.
I knew that unless I made a mistake I wouldn't get out. I did pretty similar things in the earlier ones too - getting 50 off 70 balls - and here too I was slow to start.
This wicket was superb to start off, the longer I stayed the easier it became to bat on. Choosing among his double-centuries I think that is very close to me.
People keep asking me to pick one but I really cannot pick one. That one against Australia was the series decider, the one against Sri Lanka earlier was one where I was coming back from a three-month long injury and this one was necessary to keep the series alive after a humiliating loss.
Unfortunately our bowling did not click, which was the main reason for our defeat. Rohit specially batted really well and such is the game of cricket which we have to take in our stride.
We'll take the positives out of it for the next game. We had a plan A, B and C but none of that clicked for us which was the most important thing.
If you want to chase a score as big as this, you need starts and scores in the middle order as well. But none of it clicked. End of Angelo Mathews' over.
Dhawan and Karthik took seven runs off that over and India now need 35 runs to win. Dinesh Karthik is very happy to rotate the strike by taking the singles and twos which allows Dhawan to continue his swashbuckling style of batting.
Shikhar Dhawan is in an absolute hurry to finish this match. Mathews has been swept away powerfully for a boundary of the first ball of his second over.
India need less than 40 to clinch the series. India need 42 runs from 22 overs here. India need just 48 runs now.
Karthik immediately reviews it and rightly so, there was a big inside edge there and he is safe. Karthik now gets into the act, using his wrists to find the first boundary.
India now need just 57 more runs off deliveries to win this one. Shreyas Iyer departs, looking to go over midwicket, but gets it high on the bat.
Lakmal takes a simple catch, there was a bit of pre-meditation in the shot which proved to be his undoing. He departs for a well made Another boundary, Dhawan misses the ball going for the sweep shot, and he doesn't connect.
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Kumkum Bhagya 15th September