Earlier in the day, a brilliant century from left-handed opener Shikhar Dhawan and blistering half centuries from Rohit Sharma and Mahendra Singh Dhoni helped India set a huge 322 target for Sri Lanka in their crucial Champions Trophy encounter here at the Oval, London on Thursday.
Sri Lanka made three changes for the Champions Trophy clash against India after their resounding loss to South Africa.
Upul Tharanga will be missing for the next two matches which may effectively rule him out of the tournament. "Similarly, when you are playing well, you should not need to look into the praise factor as well", said the India skipper.
"They should express their talent and play a really positive brand of cricket". This was Dhawan's third hundred in Champions Trophy, having scored a couple during last edition.
"We are happy to walk in as the underdogs".
"He told me, "I support you in whatever you want to do".
The duo added 75 runs between off just 62 deliveries before Perera had to retire due to an injury to his right hamstring. The list of records goes on as it was the second such instance of successful 300-plus run chase in this tournament. "As I said, it's a clinical performance from us, from the team's point of view, yes, it is indeed a very big win".
Matthews was injured for the South Africa match but is fit to face India at the Oval.
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The 67-year-old is concerned about India's over-rate. Hardik Pandya showed some impressive hitting in the middle order and is one to certainly look out for. We beat Australia in Australia. He batted well against South Africa and it's so disappointing. It's just that there will be phases when you struggle.
"The more you play, the more you learn. The pressure will be on the Indians", Mathews said. We are waiting for the doctor's report.
Opening batsman Danushka Gunathilaka, who was on stand-by in England, has been roped in as a replacement for Kapugedera.
He agreed that not being able to bowl will affect the balance of his side. On an Oval surface with a little bit of nip, and a confident pack of quicks in their ranks, India's 321 for 6 is commanding. If the number of overs to be played comes down, Lasith Malinga could trouble Indian batsmen.
"So we have to think about it - we have to come up with some other plans to try and cope with the Indian batting line-up".
"We've got to make it happen, and we've got to make it happen soon".
"But in this case where team selection and all these things come into play, he's very professional". He has been in tremendous form (for Surrey in County).
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