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Dinesh Chandimal rues Sri Lanka batting at World T20

Sri Lanka's problems with the bat accounted for their failure to reach the World T20 knockout stages, says Dinesh Chandimal.

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Dinesh Chandimal says Sri Lanka's batting let them down at the World Twenty20 as their tournament finished with a disappointing eight-wicket loss to South Africa on Monday.

The Group One contest in Delhi was a mere dead rubber after both teams were already out of the tournament, and deposed champions Sri Lanka's hopes of a consolation win diminished after they were bowled out for just 120.

Sri Lanka had started well enough, but after reaching 45-0 off four overs the wickets tumbled and South Africa easily reached their 121 target to bow out with a win.

And Chandimal - standing in as captain due to Angelo Mathews' hamstring injury - was disappointed with Sri Lanka's efforts with the bat.

"Someone has to put their hands up. It was a really good start, but no one rebuilt the innings," he said at the post-match presentation. 

"Our batting has let us down in this tournament. It is tough always, when you are playing against South Africa, they are a great side.

"We couldn't execute our plans in the middle."

Chandimal, though, hopes to have more opportunities at major competitions, adding: "It depends on performance, still I'm only 26, fingers crossed."

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