Host Sri Lanka are expecting to get back their regular skipper Dinesh Chandimal for the second Test against after he is recovered from pneumonia. Chandimal was hospitalized prior to the first Test of the series where India picked up a massive win to skid one up in the series.
Veteran spinner Rangana Herath became hopeful of Chandimal’s return to the team, said, “There is no confirmation, but I expect him to play the next game.”
On the other side of the scenario, Sri Lanka fall back in the batting line up as Asela Gunaratne has been thrown out of any kind of field action for at least coming two months with a broken finger.
Rangana Herath also injured his thump in this Test but diagnosis showed no further declination of the condition.
“We had an x-ray yesterday,” he said. “It doesn’t show any fracture. But I had a fracture three years ago in the same area and that’s the reason there’s a bit of swelling and soreness. Hopefully over the next few days it will get better,” Herath said.
Lamenting about the awful first Test performance of the hosts, Herath said, “We are a better team than this, we certainly are. I felt that it was after a long time a team score 600 runs against us. We should have bowled better.”
“The other point is most of our batsmen got closer to three figures and got out, whereas the Indian batters made big hundreds. That was a big difference too in the game. That’s an area that we need to work on moving forward,” he concluded.