Sri Lanka were dealt with a big injury blow ahead of the team’s must-win second T20I against India as Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Charith Asalanka, and Pathum Nissanka have been ruled out of the game. This comes as a jolt to the home side as the Rajapaksa was seen in good form in the preceding ODI series as he slammed a half-century to give Sri Lanka a consolation win.
But it seems the left-hand batter injured his finger while fielding and was subsequently ruled out for at least in the first T20I. Now Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board has confirmed that he is ruled out of the entire series. Apart from Rajapaksa, Asalanka too seemed to be in a fine nick as he scored 44 in the first T20I was one of the shining lights for the team.
Asalanka injured his hamstring and it seems unlikely that he will play in the remaining two T20 matches against India. Nissanka meanwhile got hit on his arm during the net session and won’t feature in the match, as reported by Cricket Next.
With these three players are ruled out, things are looking a bit grim for the Lankan Lions. If they lose the second T20 match, this will be the team’s sixth straight series loss in the shortest format. Already with three seniors’ players suspended due to a breach in bio-bubble in England, the Sri Lankan team has become a pale shadow of the past mighty team of the 90s.
The only plus point for the home side is they showed some fight at least in four white-ball matches rather than not showing any in England series.