Con­sis­tency will give us World T20 con­fi­dence, says Dhoni

The Pak Banker - - MARKETS/SPORTS -

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."

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