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Sri Lanka must somehow find ways to improve, says dejected skipper Rangana Herath

Rangana Herath, stand-in Sri Lanka skipper, has said his team needs to get back on track if they are to pose a challenge to the Virat Kohli-led Indian side in the remaining two Tests.

india vs sri lanka 2017 Updated: Jul 29, 2017 21:04 IST
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Rangana Herath could only manage a solitary scalp of Wriddhiman Saha in the Galle Test against India.
Rangana Herath could only manage a solitary scalp of Wriddhiman Saha in the Galle Test against India. (Twitter )

Sri Lanka captain Rangana Herath admitted his team was outplayed in all departments of the game in the opening Test.

Herath said India opener Shikhar Dhawan’s early blitzkrieg rattled the home team and they never recovered from it. Dhawan was dropped at the score of 31 and went onto smash 190, scoring a hundred within a session --- between lunch and tea --- on the opening day.

(Read | India crush Sri Lanka by record 304 runs in Galle Test, take 1-0 series lead)

“We had a few plans for him but we failed to execute. If you take for example, we allowed him too much of width. In the first session of the match itself, the game started slipping away from us. We bounced back well but he had by then got off to a terrific start,” a dejected Herath said.

“We bowled badly, fielded badly and batted badly in the first innings. We are a better team than this. We need to find out how we can do better than this moving forward,” Herath added.

(Read | Virat Kohli’s India shatter records in thumping win over Sri Lanka in Galle Test)

“I felt that it was after a long time a team scored 600 runs against us. We should have bowled better. The other point is most of our batsmen got closer to three figures and got out, whereas the Indian batters made big hundreds. That was a big difference too in the game,” the Lankan captain added.

(Read | Virat Kohli credits bowlers, Galle wicket for big India win vs Sri Lanka)

Sri Lanka were reduced to 10 men within the first hour of the game itself after losing Asela Gunaratne to injury. Herath himself picked up an injury on the third afternoon and the Sri Lankan second innings was reduced to a farce as they batted with nine men chasing 550 for victory.

It was an example why the substitute’s rule is important in cricket. Batting for allowing substitutes, Herath said: “If there is an option, we would love to have them (substitutes).

“It was a massive blow for us (to lose Gunaratne). He has been scoring lot of runs in the last few months. He wasn’t available to bat or bowl and that was a huge blow for us.”