Sri Lanka stand-in skipper Chamara Kapugedera suffers injury in warm-up

Chamara Kapugedera, who has been named skipper of the Sri Lankan cricket team after Upul Tharanga was banned, was struck on the arm during the practice session and was taken to hospital for a check-up.

india vs sri lanka 2017 Updated: Aug 26, 2017 18:11 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pallekele
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Chamara Kapugedera, the stand-in skipper of the Sri Lanka team, was hit on the arm during the practice session in Pallekele.(AFP)

The Sri Lankan cricket team’s woes worsened on Saturday after stand-in skipper Chamara Kapugedera was hit on his arm while batting in the nets and taken to hospital for a check-up.

Kapugedera was named to lead in Sunday’s third ODI against India after skipper Upul Tharanga was suspended for two matches by the ICC Match Referee for his team maintaining a slow over-rate in the last game.

India won that game by three wickets on Thursday and can clinch the series on Sunday with two matches left.

Kapugedera, a 30-year-old middle-order batsman has had an average career, making just eight fifties in 100 games at a poor average of 21.22.

He was named skipper though Test captain Dinesh Chandimal was called up after Tharanga’s suspension and Angelo Mathews, who quit after the series defeat against Zimbabwe, is also available. Lasith Malinga, the former T20 skipper, is also in the side.

First Published: Aug 26, 2017 18:11 IST