SL vs IND: Shikhar Dhawan won the first ODI series as captain, gave a big statement

SL vs IND: Shikhar Dhawan won the first ODI series as captain, gave a big statement

New Delhi: Shikhar Dhawan, who has already won the ODI series as captain, looked very happy during the post match presentation. He said that I thought today's wicket was much better and we restricted them to good scores. When their batsmen were in, the spinners came back and the bowlers adjusted their line and length. We did not start well and it is a good lesson for the youth that every day is not the same. They will understand how to deal with these situations and come up with a new strategy.

Dhawan said that the way Manish Pandey and Suryakumar were batting, we thought that they would win us matches. It takes good luck to survive the way Pandey got out. The way Krunal fought in the middle was amazing. Everyone showed character. We knew that Chahar worked hard on his batting in the nets. His mental presence and calculation against the leg-spinner was amazing. Bhuvi and his both calculated it very well. 

Dhawan said – I thought the way Sri Lanka planned their innings both with their batting and bowling was amazing. The way he batted and fielded was worth watching. He worked really hard, but I am happy that we got the win. Every game is a lesson to be learned and we look forward to analyze and improve. We want to do well all the time.


Tokyo Olympics: Indian pair lose in mixed doubles, Manika-Sutirtha start with victory

Tokyo Olympics: Indian pair lose in mixed doubles, Manika-Sutirtha start with victory

Sports Desk: India's hopes of winning a medal in the mixed table tennis event were dashed on Saturday but Manika Batra and Sutirtha Mukherjee started the campaign with a win in the women's singles event of the Tokyo Olympics here. India's table tennis campaign started on a disappointing note after Achant Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra lost in the last 16 of the mixed doubles category. The Indian pair lost 0-4 to third seeds Lin Yun Ju and Cheng I Ching of Chinese Taipei.

Although world No. 62 Manika defeated Britain's 94th-ranked Tin Tin Ho 4-0 in the opening singles event, 98th-ranked Sutirtha also impressed in her Olympic debut, returning from a fall. She defeated Sweden's 78th-ranked Linda Bergström 4-3 (5-11, 11-9, 11-13, 9-11, 11-3, 11-9, 11-5). Sutirtha will now face Fuyu of Portugal in the second round while Manika will take on Margita Pesotska of Ukraine, ranked 32.

Earlier, Lin Yun Joo and Cheng I Ching gave the Indian pair 11. 8, 11. 6, 11 . 5, 11 . defeated by 4. 5 in the first two games. 1 and 5. After taking a lead of 3, the Indian pair could not maintain the momentum. The 12th-seeded Indian pair could not face the 19-year-old Lynn's flanks, who had made it to the Olympics from a qualifying event. There was no response to his drives from the forehand and backhand. The Indian pair scored 5 in the first game. 1 lead but after that Lin and Cheng scored eight points in a row.

Sharath said after the match, “We should have put pressure on him by winning the first game. The same should be done against the best team. Lynn is one of the best players and he showed." He said, "He forced us to make mistakes. He put up good winners on the returns. After yesterday's warm-up match against Romania, I was feeling better. The draw could have been better but now the focus will be on singles." Sharath and Manika had played together for only three days in the national camp before leaving for the Olympics. Both had raised their Olympic medal hopes by winning bronze medals at the Asian Games.