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Ind vs SL: Kohli pleased with pace show in Cuttack

PTI 04 Nov 2014, 15:58:57 PM IST

Cuttack: As fast bowlers are expected to dominate on the bouncy pitches in Australia and New Zealand during the World Cup, India skipper Virat Kohli was pleased to see Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav getting into the groove during the series-opener against Sri Lanka, here today.

Comeback-man Ishant and Yadav troubled the Lankan batsmen while the India batsmen scored heavily, posting a mammoth 363 for five.

"It was great to see some pace unleashed by India and it will be helpful in Australia. Great to see them hitting the line and lengths and bowl according to the field placements," Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

Asked about his decision to take an early power-play, Kohli said he was confident that move will pay off.

"Taking the responsibility of leading a young side, I like it and it excites me, especially with the World Cup coming up. Taking the Powerplay early worked well today. I bounced the idea off Duncan when I was sitting next to him because both batsmen were well set," he said.

On fast bowler Varun Aaron's injury, Kohli said he did not want to take risk so he let him leave the field.

"Aaron struggled after the fourth over and I don't know the extent of his injury. I didn't want to take a chance and asked him to rest," Kohli said.

Aaron could bowl only 25 balls in today's match.