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Transition not an excuse, says Chandimal
Bangladesh tour to Sri Lanka

Transition not an excuse, says Chandimal

Several young players have been added into the Sri Lanka team

After suffering a heavy 90 runs defeat from Bangladesh at Dambulla, Sri Lankan middle order batsman and wicket keeper Dinesh Chandimal said that Sri Lanka can't continue to use the word "transition" as an excuse for poor performances.

This was only the second ODI that Bangladesh have won against Sri Lanka on the island, and the fifth time they have beaten Sri Lanka overall in 38 completed matches.

Chandimal further added that the the loss was "painful" but he accepted that Bangladesh has improved as well.

Having conceded 324 for 5, including 109 runs in the last 10 overs, Sri Lanka never had the measure of the chase. Only Chandimal and Thisara Perera made half-centuries and only one partnership reached 50. This was also their sixth consecutive ODI loss after having been whitewashed in South Africa.

Chandiman further said that all players should take responsibility and come with results."

Chandimal also partially blamed Sri Lanka's poor fielding for the loss that included a dropped catch by Lahiru Kumara late in the innings and multiple misfields..

"If we had restricted them for 280 we could have done something with the bat, but we were sloppy in the field," Chandimal.

It is pertinent to mention that Sri Lanka's woeful fielding standards have now been a source of long-standing concern for the team and an important factor for the downward trend in their recent performances.