'Plan was to stay long'

'Plan was to stay long'

Centurion Ajinkya Rahane said that his gameplan of playing a long innings before the start of the three-match Test series worked well for him in the solitary tour game here.

Indians rode on Rahane’s unbeaten 109 to manage 314 for six at the end of the opening day’s play in the three-day practice game at the R Premadasa Stadium.

“The ball was doing something. For any batsman, the first 20-25 minutes were very crucial. So I batted carefully initially, but the intent was positive throughout,” Rahane said after the first day’s play.

“After I scored 20-25 runs, I thought about playing a long innings and playing one before the Test series is very important,” he added.

“The conditions here aren’t too different. Coming from Mumbai especially, I don’t think they were too different. But the important thing here is that whoever is set at the crease needs to bat long. That will be the key in this series on these pitches.”