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We were outplayed by India, says Sangakkara

A disappointed Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara today said his side was completely outplayed in the Test series and blamed the 0-2 loss on his bowlers' inability to either contain or dismiss India's formidable batting line-up.

cricket Updated: Dec 07, 2009 20:21 IST

A disappointed Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara today said his side was completely outplayed in the Test series and blamed the 0-2 loss on his bowlers' inability to either contain or dismiss India's formidable batting line-up.

Sri Lanka went down by an innings and 24 runs to the home team in the third and final Test today, their second
successive innings defeat.

"We were out-batted and out bowled, mostly out-bowled. We created chances right along but catching at crucial times let us down. We were never able to continuously put pressure on the Indian batsmen," he said.

"Our bowling lacks penetration. In the second Test, we bowled only five maiden overs in the entire (Indian) innings.

That just goes to show that it's always tough. If you can't tie a batsman down for more than an over from one side it
becomes very difficult to exert continuous pressure," he added.

Sangakkara, who scored a fighting hundred in the second innings, was also critical of his team's fielding.

"It's more the singles and stopping the singles and keeping batsmen on strike, if singles are going as well as the
boundaries then you are in a bit of trouble. We tried as many fielding options as we could in the tests but it didn't work," he explained.