Sri Lanka in South Africa: Dhananjaya De Silva has been ruled out of the 2-match Test series after he suffered a tear on his thigh during the Day 1 of the 1st game.

Dhananjaya de Silva being carried out of the ground on Day 1 of Centurion Test. (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Dhananjaya de Silva has been ruled out of the 2-match Test series
  • Sri Lanka Cricket confirmed that de Silva be out for 2 weeks
  • Tourists Sri Lanka, however, ended Day 1 with 340/6 on the board

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), on Sunday, announced that batsman Dhananjaya de Silva has been ruled out of the 2-match Test series in South Africa due to a muscle strain. Dhananjaya suffered the thigh tear while batting on Day 1, Saturday, of the Centurion Test. The right-handed batsman will be away from cricket for about 2 weeks.

On Day 1, Sri Lanka were 102/3 at Lunch with Dinesh Chandimal on 13* and de Silva on 32*. Following that, de Silva had a great 2nd session with his fifty coming off just 71 deliveries. But his knock was cut short as he retired hurt with Sri Lanka on 185/3 at the end of the 45th over. With Sri Lanka on 184/3, de Silva hooked one and tried to take a single when he hurt his hip and was taken off the field on a stretcher.

“Batsman Dhananjaya de Silva, who suffered a ‘Thigh Strain,’ while batting in the 01st Test Match vs South Africa, will not be able to play for about 02 weeks. The player has sustained a grade 2 tear on his thigh,” Sri Lanka Cricket wrote in their statement on Sunday.

Sri Lanka ended the opening day of the Centurion Test on 340/6 as Dinesh Chandimal (85) and Dhananjaya de Silva (79) both scored fifties in the 1st innings. The 131-run 4th wicket partnership between Chandimal and Dhananjaya revived Sri Lanka after an unstable start to their innings at 54/3.



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