Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 1st ODI, Dambulla March 25, 2017

'Transition' period no longer an excuse - Chandimal


Sri Lanka's loss to Bangladesh in Dambulla was their sixth straight ODI defeat © AFP

Sri Lanka can't continue to use being a team in "transition" as an excuse for poor performances said wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal following his team's 90-run defeat to Bangladesh.

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.

"You can't say every time that this is our transition period," Chandimal said. "We need to put our hands up and come up with results. All players should take responsibility for the opportunities they get. The players are all working hard, and hopefully we'll be able to see the results soon."

Chandimal also partially blamed Sri Lanka's poor fielding for the loss. Only one bonafide catch was dropped - by Lahiru Kumara late in the innings - but there were multiple misfields. Sri Lanka's woeful fielding standards have now been a source of long-standing concern.

"If we had restricted them for 280 we could have done something with the bat, but we were sloppy in the field," Chandimal said. "We do lot of fielding training, but there's pressure when we come into the game. There are several young players and there could be mistakes. But we are doing our training well and we are looking forward to sharpen up our fielding for the next two games."

Though Sri Lanka's decision to field first has received some criticism in the wake of the defeat, Chandimal revealed they had opted to chase expecting dew to form after sunset. Statistically, there has been a slight advantage to batting second at this venue - even counting Saturday's result, teams batting first at Dambulla have lost 26 ODIs to the 22 they have won.

"Had we batted first after winning the toss and things backfired, that could have been also wrong," Chandimal said. "It was a team decision to bat second. We saw that there was dew there over last two days and we wanted to make most of it. But the dew didn't come into play today, and things didn't go our way."

This was only the second ODI Bangladesh have won against Sri Lanka on the island, and the fifth time they have beaten Sri Lanka overall in 38 completed matches. Chandimal said the loss was "painful" but suggested the opposition had improved as well.

"When I first came into the side, we beat them easily," Chandimal said. "But if you take the new Bangladesh, they have seven to eight players who have been playing international cricket, and since that group has been playing together, they have a lot of experience."

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

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  • Kumar on March 27, 2017, 10:43 GMT

    Players such as Kusal mendis, Dananjaya, Dickwella, Asela, Kumara, Sandakan are all new to this level. They are still in the transition process as players. SL coaching team need to help them to sort out their weak areas and help them to play in all conditions.They have lot of natural talent but opposition teams must have developed game plans against them highlighting their weaknesses. However, players such as Chandimal, Tharanga, Kaushal, Matthews, Karunaratna, Thrimanna etc have no excuses. They are the ones who have let us down.They are still very in consistent.

  • Rubayet on March 27, 2017, 9:02 GMT

    Srilankan's cant take it normally that currently Bangladesh is better team than Srilanka in ODI format. I am sure Bangladesh will win this ODI series by 2-1 or 3-0.

  • Indika on March 27, 2017, 6:55 GMT

    many has commented and supported chandi which i think is a brilliant talent.But Chandi scoring 50 or 60 doesn't do any justification to the talent that he has.He should be a match winner where he score more 90's and 100s and become much more consistent.

  • dweera1425119 on March 27, 2017, 6:41 GMT

    Only for the fielding and batting lapses we can blame the team, coaches but overall picture what we see from the out side was not what actually happend during past few years. When Sanga and Mahela were in the team they performed well and the team was also performed. They retired from international cricket and started playing all "PLs" but didn't formed/ empowered the second layer. When Arjuna and Aravinda was leaving the team there was a strong second layer so we didn't face such a sad situation. Look the team combinations in other countries. Even in Bangladesh they have at least 6-8 players who has played more that 150 international ODIs. Thats where we struggle. We have only Tharanga, Chandimal, Mathews and another 1 or 2 max who has such experience which is not sufficient to compete. I think from selectors point of view they are doing a great job providing opportunities for young talents. Tharanga, Chandimal, Kusal, Mathews should be there in team for next 2 years.

  • upuler1604594 on March 27, 2017, 6:03 GMT

    Why are some people bashing Chandi... he is the best batter in this it because their pet is threatened bt his presense?

  • rohu286435336 on March 27, 2017, 6:01 GMT

    When I see the comments from SL fans, they always ask Chandi's head. If Chandimal was rested that day, SL would have been all out for 90 runs. Not the defeat of 90 runs. I repeat, Chandi was the most consistent batsman for SL in 2016 wit average over 60. who is ther to replace him? Any of these book cricket pundits can replace him? You may be mad but don't show it to rest of the world.

  • upuler1604594 on March 27, 2017, 5:58 GMT

    Team for last ODI at SSC - (shift to Premadasa to get crowd support) Dickwella, Kusal, Chandimal(C), Mendis, Sadeera, Ron Chandraguptha, Dilruwan/Sekkuge Prasanna, Thisara, Lakmal, Sandakan, Pushpakumara.

  • Indika on March 27, 2017, 4:48 GMT

    You are right Bangladesh have a much improved side but our side has gone from bad to worse.Neither we can Bat Ball or Field....period.SLC should have thought that the support staff that Bangla has is one of the best in the Biz. They know in and out of our side and they think much far ahead than our guys. So they just outsmarted our side from all departments.Our thinking is totally wrong to win the toss and field in Dambulla. We cant always say that we are emerging.....This excuse has expired long ago. Once we were the best fielding side in the world....look what has happened now.No ball sense no positioning and simply they just cant grab that ball.Whether its in the air or on the ground. Also can we be satisfied with our fitness levels?? I am sure we are paying a handsome salary for those expats, but what's the end result?? We got thrashed in SA and we are bout to get Thrashed by Bangla at home. No one is putting their hands up and taking the ownership to steer the side to victory.

  • Prabath on March 27, 2017, 2:01 GMT

    I am not sure why he's even making this statements when he has been a utter failure for so many years! Every-time he scores a 50 Sri Lanka looses the match!! They have been giving these excuses for the last 4 years nothing has happen and he's still in the team can someone explain I don't understand SL cricket!!

  • Richie on March 26, 2017, 23:40 GMT

    Let me put it very simply, a bunch of excuse makers taking turns to fool the fans. There were only two people who could have fronted the media or fans to talk excuses after that horrible performance (Chandimal and Thissara) why because they limped their way to 50s even though the game had been lost even before SL started batting. To me whether chandimal and thissara should be in the team is a huge question mark itself. Thissara can't bowl an over without giving away atleast 1 boundary, chandimal can't bat to save his life let alone winning a game of cricket. How long has these players been in the team? 7 or 8 years? Asela magic is over isn't it? Tharanga magic is also over isn't it? Wheres all the fans who were calling for matthew's head as captain? As fans lets think which one of our players might be included in a world XI ? Apart from malinga and herath (who don't play ODIs anymore) I would say matthews is the next closest. Just food for thought to some of the fans.

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