Speaking at the post match ceremony, Mathews said, "It's one of the top wins. To beat India is quite fantastic. Good effort from the bowlers, they restricted India to 321. We know this is a good batting wicket and 300 is quite chaseable. You try and hit as many balls in the nets and try and keep yourself fit. As long as you hit balls and keep fit that's all counts. To walk in and bat like he did was fantastic. Kusal Mendis is a great player and we rate him very highly. Kusal Perera also played a good hand. Those crucial partnerships were the key for us."
"It's a must-win game for all of us in the next game. Not many people expected us to win and that took the pressure off us. Go out there and express ourself is the plan and that will be the plan next game as well. I thought the opening partnership, they set us the platform for the middle order to go out and express ourselves. I think that was a turning point in the match," he said.