India bowler happy with gamble
India batsman Virat Kohli says his side feel vindicated following their win in the first ODI with Sri Lanka on Saturday.
Much of the talk in the build-up to the match was about the Indians' decision to go without a seventh batsman, instead opting to take the game to their opponents with a five-pronged attack. The gamble paid off as MS Dhoni's side scored 315 from their overs before restricting the Sri Lankans to 293 for nine to take an early series lead. Kohli is pleased the decision to go with six batsmen paid off and has hinted his side could do the same if the conditions are similar when the countries meet again on Tuesday. "In batting conditions, you have to bank on your six batsmen," said Kohli. "You have to show faith in them and expect them to perform. You just can't be on the safer side playing seven batsmen and compromise on a bowler."