“It’s always the coach and the captain under the firing line. Today, once again, Kusal Perera’s call was also crucial. As a captain, I had to send him, and there would have been a few bullets fired at me if it hadn’t gone too well. But that’s what we are there for, to take crucial decisions at crucial times, and it doesn’t matter if it fails,” Mathews said after Sri Lanka’s record run chase.
It was the highest run chase in the history of Champions Trophy, improving on England’s 308 for two in the curtain raiser of this competition against Bangladesh. It was also the highest run chase at The Oval by any team. The previous best was when India chased 317 to beat England in 2007.
“This was a very important game for us. You know, no one really expected us to win. That took the pressure off us. We just went out there, expressed ourselves and you can see what we can do when we play with a lot of freedom,” Mathews remarked.