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Hurting to watch Sri Lanka’s performance against India: Hashan Tillakaratne

Hashan Tillakaratne says he is hurting after the display the Sri Lankan cricket team has put up in the Test series. The team barely lasted 37 overs in their first innings of the third test at Pallekele.

india vs sri lanka 2017 Updated: Aug 13, 2017 23:30 IST
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Sri Lanka are struggling against India in the third Test match in Pallekele.
Sri Lanka are struggling against India in the third Test match in Pallekele.(REUTERS)

After their fighting show in the second innings of the second Test at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground, Sri Lankan supporters would have been hopeful of a better display by their batters in the third Test. It proved to be a false dawn, however. The home team crashed to a new low in the first innings of the final Test when they were bundled out for 135 in less than three hours, their essay lasting just 37.4 overs. (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS)

Lack of application was the bane, and when compared to someone like Hashan Tillakaratne, their batting coach, it becomes more glaring. The former left-handed batsman had once batted for nearly nine hours in an innings against West Indies in the 2001 Test at the SSC ground.

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Admitting it was hurting to watch his batsmen fall so cheaply, Tillakaratne was at a loss for words to explain the abject surrender.

“It’s a disappointing day, we batted so poorly today There are so many things that you can say when the team is not doing too well… this is the time we must back these guys and give them confidence,” said Tillakaratne.

Throughout, the Sri Lankan batsmen have focused their strategy on the high-risk cross-batted shots against Indian spinners, and except for the second essay at SSC it has spelt doom. Asked about it, Tillakaratne said, “When you play Test cricket these shots are highly uncalled for, they looked very immature.

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Asked specifically about Niroshan Dickwella’s dismissal, stumped off Kuldeep Yadav, the batting coach said, “We did practice these shots especially to counter R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja but that shot was highly uncalled for, it was not on.

“They are playing against the No 1 side in the world, I am not seeking any excuses, these boys are well experienced but they do a lot of mistakes while batting, they are a little down in confidence and I am sure they will put up a good fight tomorrow.”