Consistency will give us World T20 confidence, says Dhoni
India captain MS Dhoni feels consistency is key in the run-up to the World T20 after his side trounced Sri Lanka by nine wickets to clinch the threematch series 2-1 in Visakhapatnam on late Sunday. Premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin bagged a career-best four for 8 in T20 cricket to help India skittle out the visitors for 82 - Sri Lanka's lowest T20 score - before cantering home in 13.5 overs.
Continuing their winning run after the 3-0 triumph in Australia, India overcame the first loss in Pune to get the better of a depleted Sri Lankan side in the next two games.
"I feel it was a very good game, it was important we restricted them to a decent total. Ashwin was the pick but he was well supported by the others," said Dhoni.
"In between you will lose one or two games. We want to keep playing the way we're playing. Consistency will give us the confidence. Eight seasons of the IPL (Indian Premier League) has given us the experience."
It was India's night all the way after Ashwin, who was given the new ball by Dhoni, struck twice in the very first over to remove the Sri Lankan openers. The Sri Lankan scorecard painted a sorry picture with just Dasun Shanaka (19) and Tisara Perera (12) managing double figures as the rest of the batting collapsed.
Sri Lanka though had a few moments to enjoy after topscorer Shanaka smashed a couple of sixes during his 24-ball stay, but the visitors suffered from a lack of partnerships.
"We didn't perform well throughout the series as batsmen. If we got 140-plus, we would have had a chance, but we didn't do that. Losing wickets happens with an inexperienced team," said Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal. "I'm impressed with our bowlers, (Dasun) Shanaka and (Dushmantha) Chameera. We need to regroup as a team."