To bowl with Murali helped me a lot: Mendis

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Colombo, Jul 27 (UNI) After thrashing India in the first Test here, unorthodox Sri Lankan spinner Ajantha Mendis said team-mate Muttiah Muralitharan played a key role in his success in his debut match.

Mendis took eight wickets in the match.

''It was obviously a fantastic moment for me,'' Mendis said.

''To bowl with Murali helped me a lot, especially to get advice from him. The pressure he created gave me opportunities to pick up wickets. I am very happy with my start to international cricket.

''I didnt feel nervous as I had senior players helping me around, especially Murali bowling from the other end. It was just another game for me. The important thing was that we bowled in right areas and created pressure,'' he added.

Sri Lanka beat India by an innings and 239 runs to gain a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series.

The second Test match starts in Galle on Thursday.

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