Dinesh Chandimal, who made a return to Sri Lanka's white-ball side after going through a four-match ICC suspension, during the standalone T20I against the visiting South African side on Tuesday, August 14, has said that he felt very nervous scoring 33-ball 36 in home side's very modest but eventually close chase of 99 runs in the allotted 20 overs.
Sri Lanka spun the web around Proteas batsmen yet again and left them befuddled into managing just 98 in the first innings, before stuttering themselves with the willow and then somehow winning the game by 3 wickets thanks to a watchful and matured knock from Dinesh.
"Before the game started, we thought it was a good pitch for batters. It was up and down, some sharp turn, it was tough for the batters," said Dinesh Chandimal who also revealed it was tough watching the game from home "especially because you don't have injury" and added, "When I went to bat, we were one down, and after I faced four-five balls, I realised it was not a T20 wicket and just rotated strike. I just played like Test cricket. We all know South Africa are good, it was a good fight from them."
Sri Lankan Captain Angelo Matthews is also delighted with the comeback that his side were able to make after being 3-0 unassailably down in the ODI series.
"Towards the end, we made it difficult for us but it was fantastic bowling. We have to blame only us because we did not bat well and kept losing wickets, The experience they've got, we have to put in such a performance," said Matthews, having seen his side admirably win the last two ODIs as well as the lone T20I, and further added, "You can see the improvements in various departments. Different conditions, but we are high on confidence. We let the fans down in the ODIs but they did not give up on us."
(Inputs from ICC)