• Embuldeniya sidelined for six weeks

    Left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya is the latest to join Sri Lanka’s list of injured players and is expected to be sidelined for up to six weeks.

    Embuldeniya got struck on the thumb while attempting to pocket the return catch of Kagiso Rabada in South Africa’s first innings of the second Test. The player left the St George’s Park field with his hand covered in blood and will miss out on the rest of the Test – and up to six weeks of cricket action – after undergoing surgery on the same day.

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    Sri Lanka had decided to play one frontline spinner in the decisive second Test in Port Elizabeth as the visitors looked to make history by becoming the first subcontinent team to win a Test series in South Africa.

    The loss of Embuldeniya – who had picked up a fifer on his debut in Durban – resulted in the touring side having to turn to part-timer Dhananjaya de Silva to fill in as the spinning option.

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    Embuldeniya becomes the latest Sri Lankan player to be injured, and he joins Angelo Mathews and Nuwan Pradeep on the sidelines as the resurgent tourists close in on a historic Test series victory in Port Elizabeth.

    Sri Lanka squad
    Dimuth Karunaratne (captain)
    Niroshan Dickwella (vice-captain)
    Lahiru Thirimanne
    Kaushal Silva
    Kusal Mendis
    Kusal Perera
    Milinda Siriwardana
    Dhananjaya De Silva
    Oshada Fernando
    Angelo Perera
    Suranga Lakmal
    Kasun Rajitha
    Vishwa Fernando
    Chamika Karunaratne
    Mohamed Shiraz
    Lakshan Sandakan
    Lasith Embuldeniya (injured)


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