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Dinesh Chandimal apologies to the Sri Lankan team supporters

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Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 08:43 GMT, Aug 15, 2017 |
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There have been past instances of Test matches getting over inside three days in bowler-friendly conditions. But the Sri Lankan team’s defeat in two-and-a-half days at the Pallekele International Stadium on Monday will be hard to digest for its cricket fraternity as it was owing to rank-bad cricket.

Routed in the first two Tests, Sri Lankan cricket sunk to a new low on Monday when India wrapped up the third Test in less than three days, winning by an innings and 171 runs. Sri Lanka’s first innings lasted 37.4 overs and second 74.3 overs as India completed a 3-0 whitewash.

A crestfallen Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal apologised to the Sri Lankan team supporters. “I am apologising to all Sri Lankan fans here and away from home. I apologise for this performance.”

In 2003-04 also, Sri Lanka had lost all three Tests against Australia, but this defeat would hurt more due to a lack of fight.

“This is the toughest series in my career, no doubt. The reason is that we were not able to take the games to five days. There have been four-day Tests and three-day Tests. This is the worst series ever,” Chandimal said.