Sri Lanka suffers setback ahead of Asia Cup

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COLOMBO, Sept 14, 2018 (BSS/AFP) – Sri Lanka’s opening batsman Dhanushka
Gunathilaka suffered a back injury and was ruled out of the upcoming Asian
Cup tournament on Thursday, dealing a major blow to the islanders.

Sri Lanka Cricket said the 27-year-old left-hand bat will return home from
Dubai where he suffered a lower-back injury during practice. The tournament
opens on Saturday in Dubai.

He will be replaced by left-hand bat Shehan Jayasuriya, 27.

On Monday, Sri Lanka’s Test captain Dinesh Chandimal was withdrawn from
the 16-member squad after he injured a finger during a domestic Twenty20
match.

Sri Lanka’s revised squad: Angelo Mathews (Captain), Kusal Perera, Kusal
Mendis, Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella, Shehan Jayasuriya, Thisara Perera,
Dasun Shanaka, Dhanajaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Dilruwan Perera, Amila
Aponso, Kasun Rajitha, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera and Lasith
Malinga.

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