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Batting debacle in 1st innings cost us: Chandimal

An upset Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal admitted that his side was completely outplayed by India in the second Test, primarily due to their "disappointing" batting effort in the first innings here. India on Sunday secured an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series after having thrashed Sri Lanka by an innings and 53 runs in the second Test. Sri Lanka were sub-standard with the bat in the first innings as they were bowled out for a paltry 183 in reply to India's mammoth 622 for nine declared. "We were completely outplayed. The first innings effort was disappointing and it cost us heavily. They (Indians) batted well too. Scoring 622 is huge. That put us under lot of pressure," Chandimal said after wrapped up the second day inside four days. "They got 600, but we didn't think we would get out so cheaply. We were surprised as well because the pitch started turning more than we thought more than it was in the first one and a half days. The reason we lost the game is because we got out for 183 in the first innings," he added. Sri Lanka recovered in the second innings thanks to a 191-run stand between Dimuth Karunaratne (141) and Kusal Mendis (110), who both scored centuries. "We fought hard in the second innings. It was a fine effort by both Kusal Mendis and Dimuth Karunaratne. I still feel that everyone fought very hard but we kept losing wickets," said the skipper.
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