Sri Lankan batsmen in both the innings of Nagpur

July 21, 2018

Dinesh Chandimal has acknowledged that his batting line up faltered on the opening day of the second test match at Jamtha. As per the Sri Lankan skipper, considering the nature of the wicket and also the quality of the Indian batting, nothing less than 350 was going to be ideal.

Chandimal reckons there was a lot of difference in the pitches that were used in the two test matches. While in Kolkata, batting was tough on days 1 and 2, it was not the case in Nagpur where days 1, 2, and 3 were actually the best days to bat and once the coin fell in their favour and they batted first, they must have ensured that they posted a big score on the board which they couldn’t.

Chandimal also revealed that before the start of the series they had a discussion among the group and they had talked how they were going to bat in India and the strategy was that whoever gets set should make sure that he goes long and plays a big knock, but that hasn’t happened in the series so far. The batsmen who have got set have thrown their wickets away. There have been lots of 20s and 30s which if had been converted into 100s or 150s could have made the difference.

Chandimal himself was the pick of the Sri Lankan batsmen in both the innings of Nagpur test as he went past the score of 50 both times, however there was no proper support for him from the other end. In the first innings Dimuth Karunaratne batted with him for a little while and the pair seemed to be getting into a nice partnership, but Karunaratne was then trapped in front of the wicket by Ishant Sharma and that led to the Sri Lankan collapse.