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 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.