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Sri Lanka’s Chamara Kapugedera out of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 with knee injury

Chamara Kapugedera sustained a knee injury in practice and will now be replaced by Danushka Gunathilaka in Sri Lanka’s ICC Champions Trophy squad.

cricket Updated: Jun 08, 2017 18:24 IST
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Chamara Kapugedera is now ruled out of the ICC Champions Trophy with a knee injury. (REUTERS)

Sri Lanka batsman Chamara Kapugedera has been ruled out of the ongoing Champions Trophy with a knee injury sustained during practice and will be replaced by Danushka Gunathilaka, the cricket board has said.

Kapugedera, who scored a duck in Sri Lanka’s first Group B match against South Africa, was hit on the knee during Wednesday’s fielding practice.

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“SLC Medical experts have recommended a supervised convalescence of two weeks,” Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement.

Aggressive left-handed batsman Gunathilaka is set to open the innings against India later on Thursday, taking the spot of stand-in skipper Upul Tharanga who is serving a two-match suspension for slow over rate in the defeat by South Africa.

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Regular skipper Angelo Mathews, who missed the match against South Africa with a calf injury, has said he would play the match against India even if just as a batsman.

First Published: Jun 08, 2017 18:23 IST