Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh: Hosts call up Lakshan Sandakan, Chamika Karunaratne for second Test in Pallekele

Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh: Hosts call up Lakshan Sandakan, Chamika Karunaratne for second Test in Pallekele

The duo replaced Lahiru Kumara and Dilshan Madushanka, who both sustained injuries.

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Sri Lankan cricketer Lakshan Sandakan (Photo by LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Sri Lanka Cricket team is up against Bangladesh in the two-match Test series. The first Test match played at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele resulted in a draw as both the teams presented a stellar show with the willow. However, during the course of the first game, the hosts were dealt with a massive blow as their frontline pacer Lahiru Kumara succumbed to a hamstring injury.

Kumara suffered an injury while fielding on Day 3 against Bangladesh and the scans confirmed that the speedster will be no longer be able to take part in the Test series. The 24-year-old bowled  28 overs in the first innings, claiming figures of 1 for 88. Apart from Lahiru, an uncapped pacer, Dilshan Madushanka has also been ruled out from the ongoing event. 

Thus, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), has named the replacement for both the player as they have included Lakshan Sandakan and Chamika Karunaratne in the squad. The information regarding the same was given by the official Twitter handle of Lanka Cricket.

“Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that Lakshan Sandakan and Chamika Karunaratne have been named by the Cricket Selection Committee, as replacements for Lahiru Kumara and Dilshan Madushanka, who will not take further part in the ongoing test series against Bangladesh owing to injury. Both Sandakan and Karunaratne joined the team today after going through the required health protocols,” Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement posted on their official Twitter handle.

Batter ruled the show in the first Test match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh

The first Test match between the two nations commenced with the visiting captain Mominul Haque winning the toss and deciding to bat first. Batting first, Bangladesh went all guns blazing against the hosts’ feeble batting order as they declared their innings after scoring 541 for seven.

Najmul Shanto was the highest run-getter for Bangladesh with his knock of 163 runs followed by the skipper who scored 127 runs. The second innings saw Sri Lanka outplaying the visitors as they posted 648 runs while losing eight wickets. The third innings concluded with Bangladesh scoring 100 runs and since both the teams didn’t get time to complete their second batting innings, the game resulted in a draw.

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