Injured Lasith Embuldeniya ruled out of second Test
Sri Lanka suffered a fatal blow venturing their series win against South Africa after left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya was ruled out of the second Test in Port Elizabeth on Thursday.
The 22 year old was ruled out for up to six weeks, after dislocating his finger on the first day of the Port Elizabeth Test.
Sri Lanka, at one stage, curtailed the hosts to 157 for 7, South Africa at last ended scoring at 222. In reply, Sri Lanka were reduced to 60/3 by stumps.
But the tourists got bitter experience when spinner Embuldeniya hurt himself while attempting a return catch of Kagiso Rabada. He left the field with a bloody finger and scans revealed a dislocated left thumb.
The incident have turned out as a major blow for Sri Lanka as they fielded him as the only front line spinner in the second Test.
Sri Lanka produced another strong bowling display, but South Africa struck three times before stumps to ensure they ended the first day of the second Test on even terms.#SAvSL REPORT 👇https://t.co/4fA40lb8O6 pic.twitter.com/oELsY04x9z
— ICC (@ICC) February 21, 2019
After Embuldeniya’s injury, Dhananjaya de Silva, who picked a couple of wickets in the first innings, is expected to step up and fill the gap.
Sri Lanka currently lead the two-Test series 1-0.