Marvan Atapattu desperately needs to energise a stuttering Sri Lankan team © Getty Images
The win at Ahmedabad proved to be a momentary high for Marvan Atapattu and his men, who were at the receiving end of a mauling in the sixth game. A downcast Atapattu spoke to the press at the end of the game.

On the team's batting
To get just 196 on this wicket was unacceptable. We had three good games with the bat before this but today wasn't a day for us. It's just a matter of being consistent. All our batsmen have the experience to get big scores but we let ourselves down today.

On Murali's absence
Murali had a hamstring strain when he was fielding in the Ahmedabad game and we decided to leave him out in the last minute. With the amount the pitch was turning in the morning, Murali's presence could have been crucial with a total of 230 or 240. But 196 was just not enough.

On the pitch
The new ball was coming on a bit but slowly a bit of dust began to come up and it got slower. I wouldn't say it was the best pitch for batting, compared to the rest of the pitches in this series. But I'm not making any excuses for our poor display.

On what has gone wrong
It's all about getting some momentum early in the series. When you are down in a long series, and when things are not going your way it becomes very difficult to come back. We should approach it game by game and try and perform.

On the positives from this series
I think throughout the series Dilhara Fernando has done well. The way he has come back from injury, and the amount of work he has put is in great. Dilshan has also done well. He gets a bit overconfident and takes some unnecessary risks but we need to send messages to him sometimes.

On the reaction back home
The CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket [Duleep Mendis] met the team in Pune and given us his full support. We have their backing despite the defeats.

On trying to experiment with a few youngsters
Sooner rather than later we may have to try out a few youngsters.

On plans for the next few weeks
We'd like to end the tour on a winning note and then take our minds off the results. We hope to refresh ourselves back home, think about the positives from this series and then come back prepared for the Tests.

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan is staff writer of Cricinfo