Dhoni: We had a chance after Rohit’s dismissal because Gautam was still batting and we had Irfan and Ashwin to follow. But yes we would have wanted to be in a better position. Yes the wickets of Rohit and I did change the game but I think Raina batted really well. The last game the middle order didn’t do really well and we wanted to create a partnership and we know the explosive power we have in the other batsmen that’s why I promoted myself. At the start of the season there is pressure on the guys. Last game was an off game for us but what’s really important is to back the way we play the game, there are a lot of strokemakers in our side. We need to improve our death bowling and fielding but it was a hard fought victory. Deciding how to use Zaheer depends on a lot of factors that take place on that particular day. Today I had to use Zaheer because I thought the other bowlers were off the mark but then they need to learn because we might not always have Zaheer to pull us out of trouble.
Mahela: It was just one of those days, we need to be prepared for something like this. Last time they got out cheaply but this just shows that they are a quality team. I don’t think we put on enough pressure at the start and let them get off to a good start. Even later we had them in a spot but weren’t able to capitalise on it. It is tough when you lose but you know you have played a very good game, we just need to focus on the next one now. Sangakkara’s injury allows him to get a break and this was probably the only way he could have got one. It does open the doors for a youngster.
Raina (MoM): I think I have learnt how to bat when you are chasing eight runs an over. Irfan batted really well with me so I knew if we stayed we could have got the runs. I was thinking that I just have to run hard and convert the ones into twos. If you look at T20 I bat at number three and in ODIs I bat at six, both the formats are very different so I need to adapt and bat differently in the middle order.
Suresh Raina is the Man of the Match.