Chandimal blames batsmen for innings defeat against India

Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal today blamed his batsmen for the innings and 239-run defeat that Sri Lanka suffered through the hands of India in the second Test match against India at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium here on Monday.

Chandimal also admitted that his team was outplayed from the first day itself. “It was a good toss to win. Unfortunately we were outplayed from the first day. Our batting let us down again,” Chandimal said after the match.

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“When you’re playing against India, you’ve got to score 350 plus. Before we came here, we had a game plan. We said to the guys ‘If you get a start, you have to go on.’ Hopefully these youngsters will come back strong,” he added.

The skipper said the Sri Lankan bowlers did a good job. “This wicket was good to bat on for the first three days. The bowling unit has done a really good job. But if you have no runs on the board, they can’t do anything,” he said.

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Beginning the fourth day 384 runs behind and needing to bat about five sessions to save the Test, Sri Lanka failed to step up to the pressure and were bundled out for 166 in just 49.3 overs. For India, off-spinner Ravichandra Ashwin, who became the fastest bowler to take 300 wickets in Test history, scalped eight wickets.