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For Sri Lanka, the home whitewash against India stands as an extremely bitter point. Given the turn of the last couple of years, the side now stands at its lowest point in decades as clouds of uncertainty and gloom loom over the Test side. To add to that, the sudden decision by Angelo Mathews to leave captaincy was another jolt, as his replacement, Dinesh Chandimal, has looked all at sea as the captain of the team.
On the third day at Kandy, it was just a matter of time before the formalities were dished out by the dominance of the Indian bowling. Needing a mountainous task to just save themselves from an embarrassing innings defeat, the Sri Lankan batsmen were nowhere near standing up to the task, as the hosts gave up even without offering the fight.
The same was reiterated by skipper Dinesh Chandimal in the post match presentation ceremony. In the ceremony, Chandimal mentioned that the fans would have to be patient with the team for the near future.
“You can’t control the toss, but this was a tough series,” said Chandimal. “Credit to India for playing outstanding cricket throughout the series. Our batting and bowling were below par. We need to stand up as a team.”
Looking up to the series against Pakistan, Chandimal added, “They scored 600 in each innings, so that is why we decided to play five bowlers. We have to be patient and concentrate harder when batting or bowling. If we can do that, I am sure we will do as a team and come back stronger for the Pakistan series.”