With good team attitude, results will follow, says Dinesh Chandimal

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With good team attitude, results will follow, says Dinesh Chandimal

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SportsCafe Desk

12/07/2017

After a hard-fought draw in the third Test in Delhi, Dinesh Chandimal was a pleased man and asked his team to continue showing good attitude that will eventually help them achieve the desired results. The Lankan skipper has also praised Dhananjaya de Silva's character for grabbing the opportunity.

After losing the second Test by a massive margin of an innings and 39 runs in Nagpur, Sri Lanka came up with a much-improved performance in the final Test scoring 373 and 299 for 5 in the two innings for a draw. In the final day of the third Test, the visitors started the day on 31 for 3 and soon lost Angelo Mathews, before defiant knocks from Dhananjaya de Silva, Roshen Silva, and Niroshan Dickwella saw off the hosts who were forced to settle for a 1-0 series win.

"It was a really good series apart from the second game. After the second game we sat down as a team, and especially with the batting unit, to discuss how to get our approach for the third match according to the plans,” Chandimal said, reported PTI.

"Before the third Test we had two practice sessions. When they went to bat out today, they executed what we had practised and delivered. I am really happy with the way we batted after the second Test.

“We got so many youngsters for this series. We have a good attitude, and if that is there, the best result will come. The attitude is good and so is the discipline. I can move forward with this team,” he said.

De Silva batted 219 deliveries for his 119 before he was forced to leave the field due to a tightness in his glute. Chandimal acknowledged he's happy with the way the 26-year-old grabbed his opportunity after scoring a 14-ball 1 in the first innings.

"It was a really good innings. We picked him after the Windies A team tour and he played some good innings there we had to trust playing him at No. 3. He took his opportunity with both hands."

Apart from De Silva, another starring performance for the visitors came from debutant Roshen Silva, who was was under pressure after a three-ball duck in his first Test innings. However, in the second innings, Roshen stayed unbeaten on 74 and played 154 deliveries to shut the door on India. And Chandimal is a happy skipper after that. 

"It was tough to leave the vice-captain out. It's a tough call. Dhananjaya and Roshen deserved to take the opportunities. Especially Roshen - he's scored more than 6000 runs in domestic cricket. he has played in A team and scored heavily there as well. Both deserved their places. It's unfortunate for Thirimanne."

The two teams will now play in three One-Day Internationals and as many T20Is starting on December 10.

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