Chandimal doubtful for second Test
Sri Lankan Test captain Dinesh Chandimal is likely to miss the second Test against England in Pallekale due to the groin injury he suffered during the first Test.
Sri Lanka are having a tough time even in the home in their ongoing full series against England. Already England had won both ODI and T20I series comfortably.
There were some expectations on the hosts on the three-match Test series against England since the hosts have good records in the home with white clothes even in recent times. Their last home series was against South Africa and they had a clean sweep of 2-0 over the visitors.
But only disappointments have been rewarded for the hosts at the end of the first Test in Galle since England won the match comfortably. This had pursued their prime spinner Rangana Herath to sign off in a losing cause.
Sri Lanka will face England in Pallekele without their prime spinner Rangana Herath who took care of the team in the home since the retirement of Muralitharan. Sri Lanka are further on verge of losing another senior player ahead of the second Test.
Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal an injury during the first Test and it was a grade one tear in the groin, which will take up to two weeks to heal. “Chandimal’s injury is grade one tear, and it will take ten to 14 days to recover, so it will be touch and go for the second Test match,” Chandika Hathurusingha, Sri Lanka’s coach, said.
“We’ll wait and see how his body recovers before we make the call. If he is not 100% fit, he may not play. We have to look at a replacement or stand by player for him.”
Already Kusal Perera and Lahiru Thirimanne were the standby batsmen when the Test squad was named in late September, and may now enter into the squad proper as injury cover. In Chandimal’s absence, Suranga Lakmal will lead the side once again.