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Luckless Sri Lanka's torrid run continues

28 August 2017

Chandimal reacts after copping a painful blow in Pallekele // Getty



Recently recalled Dinesh Chandimal to miss final two ODIs after suffering a finger injury

Sri Lanka batsman Dinesh Chandimal has been ruled out of the remaining two one-dayers against India after fracturing his thumb while batting in Pallekele on Sunday.

Chandimal, who was playing his first match of the series, sustained the injury while negotiating a bouncer from fast bowler Hardik Pandya. The right-hander was on 25 at the time and bravely added another 11 runs before he was dismissed by the allrounder.

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"Test Captain Dinesh Chandimal will be out of action for the rest of series after sustaining a hairline fracture to his right thumb," Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement.

The batsman will consult a specialist in Colombo to help the board get an idea of the timeline of his recovery, SLC added.

Chandimal had only just been added to the squad as cover for Danushka Gunathilaka (injured) and skipper Upul Tharanga (suspended).

Chandimal had also missed the first match of their recent Test series due to pneumonia while the hosts also lost star spinner Rangana Herath, allrounder Asela Gunaratne and paceman Nuwan Pradeep during the Tests due to injury.

The fourth one-dayer will be played in Colombo on Thursday with the fifth and final match slated for Sunday at the same venue.

The only Twenty20 between the sides is on September 6.