We showed character, says Angelo Mathews

Jul 13, 2013, 03:12 IST | Agencies

A distraught Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews felt MS Dhoni, who slammed a match-winning unbeaten 45, made the difference.

After bowling out Sri Lanka for 201, India rode on skipper Dhoni’s master class and Rohit Sharma’s half-century to chase down the target with two balls to spare here on Thursday.

Angelo Mathews
Angelo Mathews

Mathews, however, lauded his bowlers for taking the game down to the wire. “It was a great game, the bowlers showed a lot of character to defend 200. Herath bowled really well to bring us back into the game, but Dhoni is always a dangerous batsman. We played a good tournament throughout, didn’t win the title, but the players showed a lot of character.”

Mathews suspended
Meanwhile, Mathews has been suspended for two ODIs while his players have been fined 40 per cent of their match fees for maintaining a slow over-rate on Thursday.

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