IND vs SL: Injuries continue to bother Sri Lanka in the ongoing T20I series. After Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Pathum Nissanka’s injury, Charith Asalanka’s injury news is doing rounds on the internet. Charith Asalanka is likely to be unavailable for the second T20I against India after suffering a hamstring injury on his left leg.
India is leading the T20I series with a 1-0 score. The second T20I between India & Sri Lanka will be played today at the R. Premadasa Stadium. As per the reports, Asalanka’s injury is not too serious & he will have to undergo a fitness test before the start of the second T20I to assess his fitness & decide whether he can play the second T20I.
Sri Lanka’s top-order batsmen Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Pathum Nissanka missed the first T20I in Colombo after suffering injuries. According to the reports in media, Rajapaksa had suffered a hairline fracture on his right index finger & Nissanka has swollen his right forearm. Both the batsmen encountered injuries when they were facing fast bowler Lahiru Kumara during a practice match.
Earlier Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s spell-bounding four wickets haul guided India to a clinical win over Sri Lanka in the first T20I on Sunday. Bhuvneshwar Kumar scalped four wickets while Deepak Chahar fetched two wickets as India defeated Sri Lanka by 38 runs.
Indian bowlers wrapped up Sri Lanka’s innings at 126 runs in the 19th over to take a crucial 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series. Charith Asalenka kept Sri Lanka’s hopes alive as he smashed regular boundaries & sixes. He stitched a crucial stand with Ashen Bandara before Hardik Pandya dismissed Bandara to send Sri Lanka on backfoot.
Sri Lanka required 61 runs in 6 overs & then came Deepak Chahar who scalped two wickets in his over to end hosts every hope of winning. With wickets falling at regular intervals Sri Lanka fell 39 runs short of the target. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been awarded as the ‘Player Of the Match’ for scalping four wickets & guiding India towards a nervy win in the first T20I by restricting Sri Lanka at 126 runs in the allotted 20 overs.