Dinesh Chandimal Rules Out Of The Series, Replacement Announced
By CricShots - Nov 12, 2018 1:48 pm
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Sri Lankan cricket team is in a spot of bother as their skipper Dinesh Chandimal has been ruled out of the ongoing Test series against England with a grade one tear. His deputy Suranga Lakmal will lead the side in their second Test match commencing in Pallekele on November 14. The hosts are trailing 0-1 in the three-match series after losing the first game in Colombo by a huge margin of 211 runs.

Dinesh Chandimal

Chandimal, who scored 33 and 1 in the first Test, was replaced by young batting all-rounder Charith Asalanka, who has been picked ahead of Kusal Perera and Lahiru Thirimanne, both of whom were on standby when the squad was announced. Chandimal, a veteran of 49 Tests, has led Sri Lanka in 13 Tests with four wins, five losses, and four draws. Lakmal, on the other hand, has led his country thrice so far (all in 2018) and won each one of them.

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The Sri Lankans lost the ODI series 1-3 and the one-off T20I against England so far and now they need to pull up their socks if they aim to deny the Three Lions their first Test series win in Sri Lanka since 2000-01. England was clinical with their approach in the first Test, both with the bat and the ball, and debutant wicket-keeper Ben Foakes was chosen the Man of the Match for his century.

Charith Asalanka

Sri Lanka picked Asalanka possibly because of his recent performance in the two-day warm-up match in Colombo before the start of the series. The southpaw scored an unbeaten 68 off 64 balls before retiring and his innings helped Sri Lanka Board XI go closer to England’s score of 210 for 6 in 50 overs.

Asalanka is yet to make his international debut for Sri Lanka but he has led the country’s U19 side in the 2016 World Cup. He also has over 20 wickets in first-class cricket besides 1,185 runs in 29 matches. The Islander also need to find a replacement for spinner Rangana Herath who retired after the first Test with 433 scalps.