There is some breaking news coming in from Pallekele as one of the best batsman of the team has been ruled out due to a hairline fracture in his thumb. This is a massive blow to Sri Lanka as just recently they lost the services of their captain Upul Tharanga after he was banned for 2 matches due to a slow over rate.
The middle order batsman from Sri Lanka who also leads them in test matches ,suffered a blow from a nasty Hardik Pandaya short ball during the 17th over of the match. The delivery surely caught Chandimal by surprise who took his eyes of the ball, only to unfortunately get hit on his thumb. To make matters worse for him the ball later also hit the lower part of his helmet.
Source: Cricket Country
As expected the game was interrupted for a few minutes with the Sri Lankan team doctor running in to the park to give the batsman immediate attention. He looked a little better though after the doctor applied some magic spray but eventually lost his wicket for a slow paced 36 of 71 balls. Cric Crak feels that the experiment of them opening with Chandimal miserably failed as they should look at someone who has more of an attacking game to take advantage of the field restrictions. Yes,Gunaratne was injured but was Chandimal really the best choice?
The Sri Lankan cricket manager quoted to Cricbuzz,” Dinesh has suffered a hairline fracture and will not take further part in the game. He is in pain and he will see a specialist doctor tonight in Colombo, the same doctor who treated Asela Gunaratne. We will make a call tomorrow weather he can take any further part in the series”, he concluded.
Source: Daily Telegraph
Cric Crak wishes that Dinesh Chandimal gets well soon and does get to take part in the remainder of the series. There is no doubt that he is a quality player if he plays in that middle order. Having said that, it’s a hairline fracture and it might not be easy for him to recover for the remainder of the tournament if the fracture is too deep.
Speedy recovery to Dinesh Chandimal!