Asia Cup: India need to be smarter, toss is becoming crucial, says Virat Kohli

After the two-wicket defeat against Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup on Friday night, India skipper Virat Kohli says his team needs to play better cricket against the top sides.

updated: March 01, 2014 15:00 IST
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Fatullah: Disheartened at India's two-wicket loss against Sri Lanka in their Asia Cup match, skipper Virat Kohli has said while the toss proved to be "crucial", his batsmen could have played "smarter cricket". Experienced Kumar Sangakkara showed the way with a breathtaking 84-ball 103 as Sri Lanka recovered from a middle-order batting collapse to pull off a thrilling win here on Friday night. Chasing 265 after opting to bowl first, the islanders rode on the 36-year-old's masterclass to complete the task with four balls to spare at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium. (Match report | Highlights | Scorecard | Pics)

"Toss was crucial in these sort of places. It's just a matter of luck at the toss. If they were bowling and they had three spinners later on, I don't think they would have had the same chances. I would rather strengthen my batting. It did not pay off for us. We need to go back to drawing table and see what we can do from here," Kohli said at the post-match presser. (Also read: Kohli blames dew after loss)

India were cruising at one stage but wickets of Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan cost them dear as the inexperience middle-order, in the absence of regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, failed to deliver. "We could have played smarter cricket on the day. But if you see some decisions...first two overs close lbws, plus we dropped a few chances. It's part of cricket. But we should have taken our chances. Overall, we did not play smart cricket the way we did against Bangladesh. In batting also we could have made 20-25 runs more," he said. (Also read: Misbah ups the ante ahead of Sunday's India-Pak derby)

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