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I am over the moon – Chandimal
 
On Saturday, Dinesh Chandimal became the youngest Sri Lankan captain at the age of 23 breaking the record established by Arjuna Ranatunga in 1988. He couldn’t have asked for a better start as Kumar Sangakkara’s career best score of 169 helped Sri Lanka to record their biggest win against the Proteas.

Chandimal is standing in for the suspended captain Angelo Mathews and was elated after the massive win. "I am over the moon. It’s not easy to captain a team and we played against a strong South African side. They’re a tough team. They played some really good cricket in the past. Credit goes to our batsmen. They played really well," Chandimal told journalists.

"When Mahela was batting, we got the momentum. After that Sangakkara batted really well. You know they’re wily old fox. They know how to handle situations. They know how to play and they put a good total on the board and we could put them under pressure," Chandimal observed.

Chandimal also said that the total of 320 wasn’t what Sri Lanka had targeted at the start of the game on a slow wicket. "We didn’t think that much of a big total. But before the game there was a meeting with our stats analyst and he showed our statistics against South Africa and our best against South Africa was 312. So we had a plan to go beyond that during the series. There were certain milestones that we wanted to achieve as a team and we are glad we achieved some of those today."

Chandimal was also asked what prevented him from sending the big hitting Thisara Perera to make use of the Batting Power Play.

"In the past, we were sending Thisara if a wicket fell during the Power Play. But today, had we sent Thisara and if he had got out, then we would have lost two wickets and the pressure would have been on us. So we had a chat with Thirimanne and sent him in. We wanted him to bat till the 50th over since Kumar was batting at the other end. Thiri and Kumar executed those plans well and we kept Thisara for the death overs."