Thisara Perera © Getty Images
Thisara Perera © Getty Images

No Sri Lankan skipper won a series against India in their own den. Thisara Perera-led Sri Lanka  did the unthinkable by beating India  in the ODI series opener at Dharamsala. They had a chance of earning a historic series victory, but were mauled by India in the remaining encounters. Perera’s XI had an advantage of playing in conditions similar to home at Visakhapatnam. However, they were humiliated by 8 wickets. Perera termed poor execution for the failures, and admitted to have ruined a big opportunity to beat hosts.

Sent into bat, Sri Lanka were reduced from 136 for 1 to 215 all-out in 44.5 overs.

“Really disappointing for us. We played well in the first game, and it was a good chance to beat India in India, but we didn’t execute the plans well in the last couple of games in both the departments. We got a good start today, but the middle order didn’t capitalize and so we couldn’t put enough runs on the board,” told Perera in the post-match presentation.

On Akila Dananjaya opening the attack

“He (Akila Dananjaya) is a very good talent and he has a great future. That’s why I gave him the new ball. He is our top spinner in ODIs,” added Perera.

The road ahead

India and Sri Lanka meet for three T20Is starting from Wednesday in Cuttack.

“We already lost the ODI series and now we have to think about our future (T20Is). We have to stay at present and forget the rest,” concluded Perera.