Rangana Herath
Rangana Herath

Sri Lankan stand-in skipper Rangana Herath on Saturday lauded India for their comprehensive 304-run win in the opening Test, saying the visitors were outstanding in all three departments and deserve all the credit.

"You can't be satisfied with a defeat. We bowled badly, fielded badly and batted badly in the first innings. We are a better team than that. We need to find out how we can do better than this moving forward," said Herath.

"When you lose a game you are disappointed. But having said that, all credit to India for the way they played. They played outstanding cricket in all three departments. They deserve all the credit," he added.

Sri Lanka were hurt by the absence of Asela Gunaratne and Herath himself after both picked injuries on the field, reducing the strength of both their batting and bowling line-ups. "Losing Asela was a massive blow for us and he will be out for eight weeks. He has been scoring lot of runs for us in the last few months," he said.

"I had swelling because I had fracture three years ago in the same area. About Dinesh Chandimal, there's no confirmation, but I expect him to play the next game," added the stand-in skipper.