Chandimal injury adds to Sri Lankan woes
Wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Chandimal has become the latest Sri Lanka player to suffer an injury setback on the tour of Australia.
Chandimal, the third keeper Sri Lanka have used Down Under, picked up a hamstring problem in the first one-day international at Melbourne, although he was still able to top-score for his side with 73 in a 107-run defeat.
“Chandi has hurt his hamstring and the physio will assess him,” said Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene.
“He did run; he wasn’t that bad. So we just need to monitor him and see how he is going to come up tomorrow morning and how bad it is.”
Should Chandimal fail to recover, the uncapped Kushal Perera is set to make his debut in Sunday’s second ODI at the Adelaide Oval, with Kumar Sangakkara and Prasanna Jayawardene unavailable.
“Luckily we have got another reserve wicketkeeper on tour,” Mahela Jayawardene added.
“Hopefully it’s not too bad. We’ll see how it goes. The next match is going to come up pretty soon for us on Sunday, and then we have got a break. We will assess it.
“Kushal is a pretty decent batsman. He has been part of our A team for the last couple of years, and he is a pretty decent wicketkeeper as well. We knew that when Sanga went down we needed to have that back-up for Chandi, so he is a good all-round package for us to have as an extra batsman or as a wicketkeeper-batsman.”