I like to handle pressure situation: Perera
Thisara Perera likes to handle pressure situations and he just showed how!
His heroic powered Sunrisers Hyderabad to a four-wicket win over Trinidad and Tobago in the Champions League T20 in Mohali on Tuesday night.
The Sri Lankan admitted that he likes contribute when the chips are down and was awarded the man-of-the-match trophy.
Perera produced a counter-attacking 32-ball 57 to lead Sunrisers to a win after the home side was struggling at 95 for four in the 14th over chasing 161.
Image: Shikhar Dhawan
'I am proud of my achievements'
"Every time I have a chance, like this pressure situation, I like to handle the situation," Perera said.
"I think a lot of Sri Lankans must be watching this match back at home. I'm proud of my achievements as an all-rounder. After my side strain, this is my normal speed I'm bowling at," he added.
Perera picked up 2/26 in his four-over spell with the ball.
Image: Thisara Perera
'Heartbeats were up'
The Sunrisers skipper Shikhar Dhawan acknowledged that his side's fielding was not up to the mark.
"It was a great game of cricket form both the sides, heartbeats were up. We didn't field that well and dropped a couple of catches too. We should have restricted them to 150," he said.
Dhawan was full of praise for Perera.
"It was amazing batting from Perera, the way he was hitting sixes -- clean and great timing. He bowled very well too, very accurate and that's how we kept T&T to a decent score."
Image: Ishant Sharma is congratulated by his team mates after getting Evin Lewis
'Bravo got out at the wrong time'
T&T captain Denesh Ramdin thought they were 10 runs short of what could have been a winning score.
"We were about 10 runs less, Bravo got out at the wrong time and we couldn't score off (Dale) Steyn's last three balls, that's what went in their favour. We need to work on that.
As far as the 24-year-old Sri Lankan's batting was concerned, Ramdin said, "We tried to get Perera out and we knew his was the important wicket and (Darren) Sammy also played a cameo.
Sammy termed Perera's knock as one of the best he'd seen.
"It was one of the best innings I've seen in a while. It's one of the wins we need to get us going in the tournament.
"We bowled as a team right from the IPL, if somebody doesn't bowl that well, Perera and I just bowl straight and do the job. We work as a team just like Perera did today," Sammy said.
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