This century will give me confidence: Tharanga
Upul Tharanga hammered a magnificent unbeaten 174 off just 159 deliveries. Upul Tharanga smashed a magnificent 174 off just 159 deliveries and was involved in two magnificent partnerships - a double century opening-wicket stand with Mahela Jayawardene followed with a breathtaking century partnership with skipper, Angelo Mathews. A delighted Tharanga, who received the man of the match award at the post-match presentation ceremony, stated, "This was my first series after six months and I took some time to get into the groove.
"After I got past my hundred, I decided to attack as there were overs and wickets left. This century will give me plenty of confidence," added Tharanga who scored his 13th ODI century and his 2nd against India today.
The Sri Lankan skipper, Angelo Mathews hit a cameo 44 off just 29 deliveries and was involved in a brilliant unbeaten 135-run stand with Upul Tharanga. He also picked up the prized scalp of Virat Kohli and was the most economical of all the Sri Lankan bowlers conceding just 23 runs off his 8 overs including a couple of maidens.
Satisfied with his personal effort, Mathews stated, "I am doing my bit in contributing to the team in any way and I hope to continue the good work." The all-rounder was all in praise for the Lankan openers, Jayawardene and Tharanga. "We needed this win after we lost the toss.
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